Where to stay- commuting Palo Alto and San Jose

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My husband and I will be moving to Bay Area. He got a job in San Jose and I have a job in Palo Alto. We have 2 kids - 5 and 8 yrs. which is the best area to live to minimize the commute for both of us and at the same time there are good schools for kids. Would like to know from both renting and buying perspective.

HH TC- $500k

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    that would be telling
    Narniamore
    Santa Clara?
    Feb 10 3
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      Are schools good in the area. Can you suggest some good areas
      Feb 10
    • AMD
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      No, bad schools in Santa Clara
      Feb 10
    • Apple Dlmsq7
      Depends where in Santa Clara. Take a look at south of Homestead and east of Lawrence.

      You get diversity as well. Cupertino is Beijing while Sunnyvale is New Delhi.
      Feb 10
  • Apple eev33
    The middle would be Sunnyvale. Pretty good school district as well. If you guys live near downtown, then you can take caltrain to almost equidistant both directions.
    Feb 10 1
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      Thanks, which schools are good in Sunnyvale for elementary and middle schools
      Feb 10
  • Pinger / Eng create💻
    Which part of San Jose? It's a big place.
    Feb 10 2
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      Downtown
      Feb 10
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      Nice, then you have Caltrain / bus / lightrail
      Feb 10
  • Nvidia $$$$:)
    Cupertino with good schools
    Feb 10 1
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      Housing is super expensive to buy. Rent could be manageable
      Feb 10
  • It will actually be easier if you lived in PA.

    Going North in the morning and South in the Evening is horrible. But the reverse is a relatively easy commute (assuming you both will drive)

    This also allows one of you to be closer to your kids at all times in case they need anything.

    Additionally, PA has better schools.
    Feb 10 0
  • Bank of The West
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    Cupertino is best as far as school goes and both kind of equi distant from there to commute. Other option is Mt View and schools are good I’ve heard although not as good as Cupertino but elementary level you just need a 8/10,9/10 school not necessarily 10/10.
    Feb 10 2
    • Quanergy Systems e6oc
      mt view would be a bit more diverse if that matters
      Feb 10
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      Sunnyvale south gets cupertino district (Stocklmeir) but as pointed out, not ideal for diversity.
      Feb 10
  • VMware gukfsqrg
    Palo Alto
    Feb 10 2
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      That might be far for my husband.
      Feb 10
    • Quanergy Systems e6oc
      it'd be a reverse commute for him. otherwise los altos or mt view would be a little closer. the further south or east you go, the worse your commute
      Feb 10
  • Fitbit Anchorman
    How much do you want to spend on rent/mortgage? SFH or condo? How many bedrooms do you need?
    Feb 10 1
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      Rent = 2br, 4K and mortgage = 3br, 6k (20% down).
      Feb 10
  • Oath FaFr18
    Cupertino is a good option !
    Feb 10 1
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      Yes, seems like it. Thanks
      Feb 10
  • Box / Eng WowV85
    Are your offices near to Caltrain?
    Feb 10 1
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      Both of our offices are in downtown area.
      Feb 10