We can give you much better answers if you give us more information such as:
1. Which part of the Bay Area are you talking about?
2. Define "Not Too Far" i.e. 50 miles? 1 hours drive in commute time?
3. Define "Cheap".
4. Describe what type of house.
This will allow us to give you useful advice.
Compared to San Francisco, the prices here are much better in the San Jose area.
Los Gatos Mountains, Santa Cruz, Berryessa, Blossom Valley, Santa Teresa, Fremont,
can be fine lower cost alternatives to where you live.
Let me know if I can help.
Areas around Sacramento were strongly hit by the economic downturn. They had been in a building boom in prior years. There are opportunities which should be good for long term growth in value.
If you plan on commuting to work daily from the home, then you need to focus on where work is and what trade-offs you would make that other buyers would be less willing to.
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In a quick search, I found 270 houses, priced from $270 to $400, and close to my home office in El Sobrante; this would include Richmond, Benecia, Rodeo, Hercules and Vallejo.
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She could e-mail listings to you that meet your criteria.
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This is an interesting question. Where does one find affordable housing in the SF Bay Area, or some place just out of the area. Boundaries of the Bay Area seemed to have changed over the last 50 years or so, getting bigger and bigger. If you are looking to the north side of the area, you might want to consider Santa Rosa or some of the smaller towns in this area. If you are looking to the south, you may want to consider Watsonville or Gilroy. Some of the answers below indicate there are options in Livermore. Right now, there are 3 listings under $300,000. One has been on the market for 265 days and is out in the country. One home is a condo near downtown, and the other is a townhouse listed at $275,000 new on the market. So, perhaps look further east in Tracy. However, supply is limited in this community like everywhere else, so prices are going up quickly.
If you would like to talk more in depth, please contact me. I've lived throughout the Bay Area and can quickly share with you what is available in the various areas.
Good luck in your search!
I can help you search for cheaper properties in Antioch, Brentwood, Martinez, Vallejo, Tracy, Livermore, Gilroy. Call me (408-3160793) or email me (email@example.com) and I will furnish you with a list and show you cheaper properties to purchase.
There are no cheap places left that are not too far from the bay area.
There are some very nice places at relatively low price in Sacramento, Modesto and Fresno.
Prices are also lower in places like Tracy, Hollister and Gilroy, but I would not call them cheap.
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