Where to live to commute to Mountain View?

Microsoft s2bexmsft
May 30 15 Comments

Will be working at G. Where to live? Looking for a 2br with a budget of 3500.

Any specific name of communities? Places I should avoid?

I've been checking Yelp and Google reviews and most places seem to be "average", whereas it's easier to find places with glowing reviews in the greater Seattle area.

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TOP 15 Comments
  • Google onetechguy
    Considering that US 101 traffic sucks, I would look at communities around Palo Alto, Mountain View or Sunnyvale. Made a mistake of moving to Downtown San Jose when I relocated to the Bay Area recently.
    May 30 4
    • Microsoft s2bexmsft
      OP
      how bad is your commute
      May 30
    • Google onetechguy
      ~45 minutes average, ~20 minutes without traffic.
      May 30
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      It's only ~45 by car to downtown San Jose? Or are you taking the train? Or Google Bus?
      May 30
    • Google onetechguy
      Yes, mostly Gbus and Uber, without carpooling the commute can definitely be longer
      May 30
  • Google ahx
    unfortunately houses here are not only expensive, they are also very shitty (bad neighbors, old houses, bad management, etc). there are a few 4+ star apts complexes, but they charge a premium. definitely get a place near the HQ unless you want to stress every day about commute.
    May 30 2
    • Microsoft s2bexmsft
      OP
      any specific communities you recommend?
      May 30
    • Google / Eng
      CodeRust

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      CodeRustmore
      I liked communities run by Prometheus. Avalon is okay, in terms of apartment and furnishings they could do better.
      May 31
  • Pure Storage / Eng VRab43
    Take a look at Birch Creek. It's in a nice area and the apartments are big. Depending on the month you rent, you should be able to find a 2-br for between 3 and 3.5k (although my numbers might be outdated by now).
    May 30 0
  • Rubrik PartyStick
    Mountain View
    May 30 0
  • Toast / R&D Tfvbjgfd
    East San Jose isn't bad.
    May 30 1
    • Microsoft s2bexmsft
      OP
      how's the commute
      May 31
  • Citrix Systems / Eng peda
    Tc ?
    May 30 1
  • Google / Eng
    CodeRust

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    CodeRustmore
    I started with that target price recently and ended up with 4400~ for something within 10 minutes driving distance (off peak), roughly 16-20 in peak and 11-14 min biking distance. If I was at main building, it could be 7min.
    May 31 0