Relo To South Bay

New / Eng nckars
Apr 14 12 Comments

Relo: Intuit
Current commute: 1h 15m

Some houses in the South Bay look so cool, but then you go inside and it hasn’t been updated since ‘91. I’ve typically seen this in rental markets near universities, where landlords don’t really need to update to be competitive. I know it could seem petty, and I’m definitely aware of the cost of living in the Bay Area, but I’m hoping to find the best VALUE.

Being that I’m an avid surfer, and would love to be close enough to the water to surf regularly, I’m hoping to find something in Santa Cruz.

I love driving, I wake up early, don’t mind traffic and have always had an hour++ commute. I will be moving with my Wife and 2yo. Any advice? Is Santa Cruz -> Menlo Park/ Palo Alto doable?

Thank in advance!

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  • Google b6ioxdr
    I do Santa Cruz to MTV on the bus. It's really far and hwy 17 gets crazy in the winter.

    If no bus I'd either move to the valley or work for Amazon's Santa Cruz office
    Apr 14 4
    • New / Eng nckars
      OP
      How long does it take on the worst day?
      Apr 14
    • Google b6ioxdr
      There were a few times this winter when 17 closed for mudslides or down trees. 2+ hour tour of Watsonville.

      I generally get to work after 10 and the bus ride is about an hour in good weather.

      Santa Cruz is kinda bad for kids. Not a ton of daycare options and aside from ocean view park the playgrounds look like Children of Men. Unless your wife is staying home or you get a live in nanny it's not gonna work.
      Apr 14
    • Google b6ioxdr
      The surf is real good though
      Apr 14
    • New / Eng nckars
      OP
      That makes sense. The fact I would have to depend on a single route is a risk. Even when I have had two possible routes when I lived in Pacific Grove, it was a pain. Thanks for your feedback.
      Apr 14
  • eBay N0PENOPE
    My buddy who works at SJPD won’t even allow us to take his kid (friends with mine) to Santa Cruz because of the gang activity. Wouldn’t go there :)
    Apr 14 2
    • Pure Storage orangeg769
      Huh? Since when is SC worse than SJ? Methheads and speed freaks, I get. But the gangs are in SJ and Central Ca / Salinas.

      Are you saying you cant even take them to the boardwalk?
      Apr 14
    • Google b6ioxdr
      He probably just doesn't trust you driving over 17
      Apr 14
  • Pure Storage orangeg769
    That’s a horrible commute and you will have to do east coast commute hours (office by 7am / leave before 3pm). You are looking at a 2hr commute otherwise.

    You are better to live in areas like Campbell - though your commute will still be an hour each way. Getting over the hill takes 25min when going to Santa Cruz from Campbell. Easy for surf hours.

    I’d also say that you have a 2yr old. The days of sitting in the car on long commutes because you like it will most likely change as you will find your need to be present for school activities increase.
    Apr 14 1
    • New / Eng nckars
      OP
      All good points. I will take Santa Cruz off my search. Thanks for the insight.
      Apr 14
  • Google go ogle
    A co-worker commutes from Santa Cruz to MTV on a shuttle. It is 2 hours each way.
    Driving will be about the same unless you work 7-3.
    MPK/PA will be even longer.
    Sometimes hwy 17 is closed due to weather/accident then it can take 3-4 hours one way.
    We considered moving there, but didn’t due to commute.
    Apr 14 0
  • Facebook / Eng biencgsntb
    Miserable commute but technically doable
    Apr 14 0