Don't know if you have found a place yet but you can't go wrong if you find a place in Redwood Shores, San Carlos (which neighbors Redwood Shores), or Belmont. You have to be careful in Redwood City itself as there are good areas and bad areas. Sometimes close to each other. Make sure you always try to stay on the west side of El Camino Real if you are looking at San Carlos, Belmont, or Redwood City. The more west you go from there the nicer it becomes. Most neighborhoods around Alameda De Las Pulgas are nice areas in all 3 cities (Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City). If you have children San Carlos schools are better than Redwood City schools on average, don't know about Belmont schools. My husband has worked in Redwood Shores, we've lived in San Carlos and our kids have been in Redwood City Schools for the last 6 years so I have a good idea what I am talking about.
It is a good time to buy if you can and http://www.craigslist.com is a great resource for rentals.
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Good luck in your search.
Houses typically don't take two years to Sell in the Redwood Shores Area; maybe you should consider Buying a 3 Bd House while it is a Buyer's Market and interest rates are reasonable.
I can always sell the house for you when you move in two years (But you may like the weather and decide to never leave!!!)
Hope those help.