You can definitely afford a house in the Bay Area if
- You make 130K+ TC
- You work in SF or Pleasanton area or right across the bridge from East Bay
- You tried being open minded about living in East Bay
- Don't mind a 35 minute commute to SF, 25 minute reverse commute to Pleasanton, 40 minute commute to Facebook across the bridge if you work 10:30-7:30pm hours when there is less traffic (some examples)
- Don't have kids, if you don't have kids you don't need a 10 rating school
I'm just sick of people not believing that there are pockets of great neighborhoods and areas in the East Bay that they can definitely afford and have a good life.
Now it's raising 15% YoY in San Leandro and Hayward continuously and might be too late in the future if you don't trust me. I already told several of my friends at Amazon, other tech companies, and friends from college about the type of SFHs I targeted in various neighborhoods and they've snapped up a few 3+ bed SFHs too now.
Now, it's definitely not ideal like in Buttfuck, Nowhere in other parts of the USA but I made it work and am happy with this life in the bay.
Now I'm just waiting for certain people to tell me I'm stupid for buying real estate somewhere that isn't MTV, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, or Santa Clara