North San Jose vs Sunnyvale? Please help me choose.

New / Eng cNNf41
Nov 14, 2019 28 Comments

I'm moving to the bay area from the east coast. I have a couple of options, and it'd be great if you can help me choose between the two options I currently have.

My job is on the border of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and North San Jose - the location is called Alviso.

The apartments are 2b2b, and I'm planning to share it with another flatmate.
Do give your opinions about living in both Sunnyvale and North San Jose. Thank you!!

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  • Tesla / Ops
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    Bigballermore
    Where is your job located? I think there’s more to do in North SJ. I would consider downtown SJ too.
    Nov 14, 2019 7
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I've checked downtown, but it might slightly be too far - the commute says 20 mins without traffic.
      Nov 14, 2019
    • Oracle I9wNr
      20 min without traffic is like nextdoor by bay area standards. What happens when you change jobs? Move every time?
      Nov 14, 2019
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Haha, that has been the case so far. I hope I find a location where I can find good jobs later without having to move.
      Nov 14, 2019
    • Tesla / Ops
      Bigballer

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      You could take 1st street all the way from downtown to Alviso so no highway driving. There’s also some decent areas north of the 101 overpass on 1st.

      Downtown is a good hub location if you think you’ll stay in South Bay.
      Nov 14, 2019
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Okay, I'm going to check some between 101 and G4 on 1st. Seems like a cool place.
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Apple IAVt64
    Sunnyvale. Either you’ll have a reverse commute or you’ll save 20 minutes in traffic
    Nov 14, 2019 4
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Ahh great, what do you think about the North San Jose communities. Is it too far from all the happening places?
      Nov 14, 2019
    • Apple IAVt64
      There’s nothing happening in San Jose anyway. You have to go to SF for that
      Nov 14, 2019
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Okay, great. Thanks for you insights, Apple
      Nov 14, 2019
    • I agree 100%. Unfortunately my commute is the opposite of what this guys is mentioning. Going North in the morning sucks. After work going North is not bad until you get closer to SF
      Nov 14, 2019
  • LinkedIn ampz
    Sunnyvale is more flexible if you move jobs your commute won’t take a big hit. North sj can be terrible commute except for the limited jobs in dt sj and alviso area
    Nov 14, 2019 2
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Okay, this makes sense.
      Nov 14, 2019
    • AT&T MsdR32
      Most jobs are further north than west San Jose, so take Sunnyvale if you don't want to move. Also commuting south is better than north from a traffic perspective.
      Nov 14, 2019
  • New VFx061
    Depends where the work will be
    Nov 14, 2019 2
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I have updated the post; it's in Alviso.
      Nov 14, 2019
    • New VFx061
      Both places are near by. Sunnyvale downtown has variety of restaurants, same as near by Mountain View. Traffic to any of those should be ok
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Intel rewt
    Have you checked out crescent village, north park, river view apartments? Rivermark area is a good spot and close to alviso
    Nov 14, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I have, I somehow don't feel paying +3400 for an apartment without hardwood floors/stainless steel appliances, etc. Etc.
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Amazon wk8Shn
    Lucky to be in Seattle, I pay 1600 for my own studio 5 min walk from work. (Which also feels expensive to me, as it used to cost ~1200 5 years ago).

    In this case Sunnyvale sounds like a good option.
    Nov 14, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I would've taken something like this without thinking twice. A studio here is $2500+
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Google AC/TC
    "amazing community"

    Haha
    Nov 14, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      You guys live on the campus anyway 🙂
      Nov 14, 2019
  • PayPal yougtfo
    North San Jose is much better and communities are new and generally has young crowd than families in Sunnyvale
    Nov 14, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I've felt that when I was in the area.
      Nov 14, 2019
  • Arista Networks rBi1nrp
    If you must commute at peak hours, nothing beats North SJ/santaClara.
    If you can commute at off-peak hours Sunnyvale is fine.
    Neither will get you closer to happening places.
    Nov 20, 2019 0

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