Bay Area Housing Recommendation

Oct 28, 2019 30 Comments

I'll be relocating to the Bay Area. I'm looking for apartments close(<=1 mile) to the Cal Train Stations (Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara).

I plan on walking to the Station and riding the train to get to work(Redwood City)
Are there any areas you'd recommend ?

Also, I noticed a lot of the apartments I like either have bad reviews or no reviews. I'm using apartments dot com for my search.

I need a 1bedroom but for $200-300 more, I'd love to get a 2bedroom as well.
My upper bound is ~2400(1B) - $2700(2B) for now.

TIA!

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  • Facebook / Eng McDonaldT
    My advice is good luck lol. Santa Clara maybe you can get those prices but unlikely for Sunnyvale and certainly not RWC.
    Oct 28, 2019 2
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Oh interesting. I thought RWC was the relatively less expensive area.
      I haven't searched for anything in RWC so far though.
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng McDonaldT
      Redwood City is quite expensive now, unless you’re looking in the (increasingly shrinking) rougher areas. For reference, the new apartments going up in RWC are all 4000$+ for a 1 bedroom.
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Google ReQ17u
    You can stay near san jose caltrain station. It will barely add 10 mins on top of sunnyvale
    Oct 28, 2019 3
    • Google ReQ17u
      Fountain Plaza apt. They have lot of lime scooter lying around whicb makes for faster commute
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Thank you!
      Oct 28, 2019
  • LinkedIn
    z coder

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    z codermore
    Depend on your standards of living. I live in Palo Alto fro 2.5k 30 min walking distance from the Caltrain in 2br. I had to refurbish a lot but would say it is decent now. Also lIving with a roommate.
    Oct 28, 2019 2
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      How do you refurbish a rental apartment ?
      What happens when you leave?
      Oct 28, 2019
    • LinkedIn
      z coder

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      z codermore
      I just bought a new mirror, shelf’s, sink , dishwasher and repaired the balcony... so just tiny adjustments

      I agreed with my landlord that every side pays half of it. I have a 3 years lease with no raise so I am gambling that I want to say there for a while. Also I got a garage (included in rent) for free because of this ;)
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Expedia Group / Eng plsreferme
    Either rescind your offer or re negotiate your salary.
    I am not an Indian but i learnt BHK is an Indian term for separate bedroom, living room and kitchen? That would eliminate studios. You'll be looking into minimum $3500 per month apartments
    Oct 28, 2019 2
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Yup. Studios are out of my consideration.
      Is that the range across SC/RWC/Sunnyvale ?
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Eng plsreferme
      I honestly don't know any area in the south bay area that's as low as 2500 per month
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Apple
    mela

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    melamore
    In SJ alone it’s virtually (almost) impossible to find anything decent below $2,300 for a one bedroom. Takes a walk-in to realize pictures online are sometimes deceiving in showing actual state of the apartment. Price point moves up if you consider Santa Clara or Mountain View, especially proximity to train station. That is my experience as of last August when I had to do intensive apartment hunting.
    Oct 28, 2019 2
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Thanks, how do you qualify "decent" ?
      Based on reviews ?
      For me, I'm trying to get an apartment while I'm out of state. So that's a problem.
      I could find temp accommodation for a while but that's not my first option.
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Apple
      mela

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      melamore
      Decent for my standards of living, it is definitely highly subjective. But even the non-remodeled units that house cockroaches in them seldom go for less than $2k :(
      Oct 28, 2019
  • StubHub dr3
    I live in SF, 1 bedroom apartment and pay 2.8k... Surprised to see the prices in towns outside of the city!!
    Oct 28, 2019 5
    • StubHub dr3
      Craigslist! Work in fidi
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Eng plsreferme
      How long is your commute? How do you commute?
      Oct 29, 2019
  • Facebook public2
    If the median 1bed is 3600...maybe consider a roomate?
    Oct 28, 2019 2
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Is FB the general go-to place for posts like that ?
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Facebook public2
      Looking for a roomate? Fb, padmapper, zillow, craigslist and probably some others if you do a google search. Roomates are common in the bay.
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Google SdrPikachu
    What's a BHK?
    Oct 28, 2019 1
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      Bedroom Hall Kitchen.
      I'll update my post to just say bedroom
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Tc?
    Oct 28, 2019 1
    • Intel / Eng blinder21
      OP
      250 6 YoE
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Walmart / Eng QXHR44
    Lol $2700 in the cities you mentioned for 2 bedrooms AND near the Caltrain???? I paid 2900 for 1 bedroom in San Jose nowhere near Caltrain.

    Op, $2400 is what I started paying in rent 4 years ago. If anything, $2400 should be a minimum nowadays. Unless you want housemates.

    How about working remotely?
    Oct 28, 2019 0

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