Where to live in Bay Area

Dell SpMn16
Jun 11 60 Comments

Thinking about accepting an offer in Redwood City. Moving from Austin TX. TC=230k.

Where should I live in Bay Area? Looking for decent schools and ~1 hour commute to Redwood City.

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  • Redwood city
    Jun 11 8
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Need a house or a 3 bedroom, max 3200
      Jun 11
    • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
      Maybe you can find 2br for that price in foster city. Otherwise Livermore but that’s way about one hour
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      I am thinking Fremont
      Jun 11
    • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
      You won’t meet your schools requirement there. Then you’ll have to budget for private school
      Jun 11
    • Amazon catowayne
      Not true. Fremont schools are more than decent. For example here’s a 3br and house for your max rent but in mortgage https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36721-Ada-Ave-Fremont-CA-94536/25004679_zpid/
      Jun 12
  • EA / Eng nepg07
    Foster City is family friendly and has great schools
    Jun 11 0
  • Google LUcv30
    Should just upgrade from Dell in Austin.. why go to the Bay area for sub 300k?
    Jun 11 11
    • Google has an office in Redwood City? What do the do over there?
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Honestly, no idea
      Jun 12
    • Google 1234-/:;(
      The redwood city office is mostly sales. If you are commuting I highly recommend looking at the google maps estimates for rush hour (2-7pm) when looking for an area to live. The office is in an office park that has only one road in and out of it which could mean an extra 30 mins added to your estimates
      Jun 12
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Thanks, this makes sense. This is what I pretty much did. The only thing I am not clear about is google bus. Is it faster(designated lanes)? Or it’s the same speed as the traffic but one doesn’t have to drive?
      Jun 12
    • Google 1234-/:;(
      It can take the carpool lane on the highway but the traffic on the street to the office off the highway does not have any designated lanes
      Jun 12
  • Dell SpMn16
    OP
    Any areas to avoid?
    Jun 11 3
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      Avoid Hayward. Might sound cheap but it's relatively less safe.
      Jun 11
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      Fremont is a good choice. Driving might be manageable if you choose the right commute times
      Jun 11
    • Qualcomm what the‽
      > relatively less safe

      Sounds like the kind of place that will be gentrified over the next decade.
      Jun 11
    • eBay ghsoibv
      Low middle class, if there is such a thing
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      I am going for the long run. It’s ok to just make ends meet for a year or 2
      Jun 11
  • Google
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    Milpitas
    Jun 11 3
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      How long is the commute to Redwood City?
      Jun 11
    • Xilinx LKLA78
      Over an hour each way. Probably closer to 2 than 1.
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Irrespective of car vs Google bus?
      Jun 11
  • Twilio PbgK84
    i work in rwc as well, everyone who commutes from eastbay left after 6 months because they couldnt handle the commute
    Jun 11 2
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Looks like at least an hour commute by car. Do they have designated lanes for public transportation? Is it faster to go by google bus?
      Jun 11
    • Twilio PbgK84
      if u can take a google bus, that will save you lots of frustration. you can just do your own thing on the bus and they have wifi
      Jun 11
  • New YEYq47
    Another option is to find someplace close to a Caltrain stop. There’s a Redwood City Caltrain stop. You’d then need to deal with the last mile issue, I.e. actually getting to the office from Redwood City Caltrain, maybe there’s a company bus or even just a bike.
    Jun 13 1
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Good idea. I’ll look into it
      Jun 13
  • Varian Medical
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    ifjtkcmore
    That’s a lateral move then, no significant increase in wages factoring in the big spike in expenses
    Jun 11 1
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Agree. It will end up being a decrease probably. I will forego a promotion here
      Jun 11
  • Qualcomm what the‽
    You make 230k at Dell in Austin? What do you do there?
    Jun 11 3
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      That’s the offer i am about to accept in Bay Area
      Jun 11
    • Qualcomm what the‽
      Ok what's your tc and yoe now?
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      6 years US experience, 145K
      Jun 11
  • PayPal .Me
    North San Jose, it’s a bit pricey but it is worth it
    Jun 11 3
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      What makes more sense to get to Redwood City, driving or using public transport?
      Jun 11
    • PayPal .Me
      It depends on you, most people I know uses bart (train system) but I prefer driving
      Jun 11
    • eBay ghsoibv
      When the bart opens there, yes. But school?
      Jun 11
  • Dell SpMn16
    OP
    Read through all comments. Sounds like it will be tough for the first couple of years, until I start making enough to live in Rwc. 2-3 hours just commuting each day.
    Jun 11 2
    • Oracle mr robato
      $220k almost as good as $230k, no?
      Jun 11
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      Yes pretty close. You have a point.
      Jun 11
  • Oracle mr robato
    200 hours of your time are surely worth $5-10k extra
    Jun 11 2
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      You mean 200 hours commuting?
      Jun 11
    • Oracle mr robato
      Yes
      Jun 11
  • Apple industry
    Fremont
    Jun 11 2
    • Dell SpMn16
      OP
      That’s what I thought as well after looking at the map and rent
      Jun 11
    • MongoDB tlb_miss
      The armpit of the Bay Area
      Jun 11
  • KnowBe4 TLLB45
    Your taking a pay cut.
    Jun 11 1