You can definitely afford a house in the Bay Area if

Jul 29, 2018 49 Comments

- 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

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  • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
    > 130K+ TC

    That is a bar a majority of people are not able to meet lol.
    Jul 29, 2018 13
    • Bank of The West / Product
      FcukSL

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      FcukSLmore
      Now you are trying to talk so appreciate the nicer tone. When a 2008 like crash will come places like SL will sell SFH for 300-350k. Even if you don’t have kids you want to buy where schools are good. Good schools means good investment when it comes to keeping the value of real estate. Avg bay area commute is 1 hour and who really drives everyday to SF (pay toll and parking) when there is not so safe BART. You can find a decent property in union city and be more centrally located, just to compare. Hope your investment pays off and in 5-7 years you come back and prove me wrong.
      Jul 29, 2018
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Estudillo Estates looks interesting but the schools rating really sucks. If they had 10/10 schools the prices would easily be double.
      Jul 30, 2018
  • Bank of The West / Eng
    ySXF03

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    ySXF03more
    Lol crappy San Leandro and Hayward
    Jul 29, 2018 13
    • VMware BobbleHat
      In this thread Op sounds like he/she fits right at home in the ghetto.
      Jul 30, 2018
    • New / Other
      Dafu

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      I see that I can’t list where I work
      Dafumore
      And stay out!
      Aug 1, 2018
  • New / Other
    Dafu

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    Dafumore
    Hey hey hey shhhhh don’t talk about Hayward and San Leandro, last thing we need is for prices to go even more up and get gentrified .
    Aug 1, 2018 5
    • Amazon Godumb
      Go dumm dumm dumm dumm

      Errbody in tha bay gettin tips
      Aug 2, 2018
    • New / Other
      Dafu

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      I see that I can’t list where I work
      Dafumore
      Show me that Thizz face
      Aug 2, 2018
  • Google KissMyPiss
    IMO these places will get hit hardest if/when a bust hits. Keep trying to justify your purchase OP. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.
    Jul 29, 2018 1
    • Amazon Ucanfkinaf
      OP
      Fair enough 👍 it is easy to afford and has appreciated more than 3x in recent years so I don't mind it crashing
      Jul 29, 2018
  • Walmart.com / Eng MAANG!
    What if someone plans to have kids in the next 2-3 years? Then they would have to look for a good school district, right?
    Jul 29, 2018 3
    • Walmart.com / Eng Meh!
      That’s correct but 7 years down the line you need to think about their school, right? Then what do you do? Shouldn’t you think about it now because you can’t afford a second house then? Do you just assume that you will be able to sell the current and buy a new house by then? Genuine question btw.
      Jul 29, 2018
    • Amazon Ucanfkinaf
      OP

      If you're okay with 7 rating schools, then East Bay can offer a school like that with a pulse. Arroyo High school in San Lorenzo for example. Wait but your kid would need elementary school - so Roosevelt elementary school is in San Leandro. I believe that's a 7 nearby. Otherwise hopefully you'll have been able to save enough after nearly a decade to move to better school in Castro Valley with 8+ ratings, which has homes usually only 25-30% higher than in San Leandro
      Jul 29, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Baadshaah
    Welll... I agree with OP here, I have 2 SFH in Hayward and 1 condo in east palo alto.I got them back in 2013 and since then everything has more than tripled.At that time people told me to not to buy in any of these areas as they were not safe etc.. I knew that once south bay is done, people will start looking into east bay etc.. 5 yearslong have passed, east palo alto has been gentrified to a good extent and is improving day by day and same with Hayward and San Leandro.
    I have seen the schools improve, though slowly but they will get better with time.Now even if the market crashes, I have invested less than any other south bay homeowner and have low debt compared to them. At that time Hayward etc were 300k to 400k sfh.

    You have to look for opportunities to make money/invest before anyone else does.That is the time when you make the most of the opportunity.
    Jul 30, 2018 2
    • Amazon Ucanfkinaf
      OP
      🤜
      Jul 30, 2018
    • New / Product
      ndjeoqpdja

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      ndjeoqpdjamore
      Yeah EPA is a good investment if you gonna hold it +20 years. It will be much better eventually.
      Aug 1, 2018
  • New Loafer
    Just pray that the housing does not crash. SL, Hayward, Newark and Union City will get clobbered - there will be a lot of foreclosures there. Homes in good school districts will fare much better.
    Jul 29, 2018 0
  • New / Eng ZuckYou!
    There are always good and bad investments. But at least you get to enjoy your new home. Have fun OP.
    Jul 29, 2018 1
  • Microsoft ctEk54
    Why would I want to buy in the bay? The bay fucking sucks these days. Its filled with you people
    Jul 30, 2018 1
    • Bank of The West / Product
      Forerson

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      Forersonmore
      So where do you people live ?
      Aug 1, 2018
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    rThn06

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    rThn06more
    Why would I move anywhere when I am in $2500/ month south bay rent controlled 1 bed apartment with 5 mins driving distance to my office. I have all the Indian food, groceries and salons, at my doorstep. I dont want to sit in traffic or get up at 6 am. I am enjoying my life.
    Jun 24, 2019 0

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