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Alex F., Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

Is it feasible to life in SF and work in Palo Alto?

Asked by Alex F., San Francisco, CA Sun Apr 27, 2008

I have heard a lot of people take the Caltrain to Palo Alto and live near it in SoMa, but haven't met any in person. Are there any issues with this?

Does anyone ever take the BART to the Caltrain (would be an option if I lived deep in Soma near the civic center BART). Would really appreciate any advice.

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Hi Alex,

The commute will be long. Just make sure you prepare yourself for that. It's good that you are trying to take public transportation but please be aware that it might take over 1.5 hours to get to work (one way). I hope this helps!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 28, 2008
Definitely, I commuted from SF to Mountain View for 10 years.

Paul Hwang
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Skybox Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 5, 2010
It is a long commute but CalTrain is the way to go.
Maybe an hour each way.
A good friend and client of mine who lives in Palo Alto just started working in SF so I will let you know what she thinks.
Another friend lives in San Carlos and worked in SF financial district.
He loved taking the train to and from.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 4, 2009
Yes, as Sharon mentioned, the time door-to-door commuting via Caltrain from SF to Palo Alto will probably be longer. But there are advantages, too. There's no traffic to fight. Especially with the construction going on on US101, driving in stop and go traffic can be very frustrating.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 2, 2008
Dear Alex,

Several of my clients have purchased in San Francisco and work in Palo Alto & Mountain View. They probably know many people who take the train. If you send me a private email, I will forward it to them and ask if they will respond.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
Check out the Millbrae station and CalTrain schedules. It's the hub where finally BART and CalTrain connect.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Wow, you guys are/gals are super stars! Thanks for your help.

So after what you all said about the bart -> Caltrain it seems like I could basically live anywhere near a Bart station... Does any of your logic/reasoning break down if I got a place in the mission near the 16th street station?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
I agree with Artur. I know many folks that commute from the city to San Jose as well. As long as you can work on a laptop with the occasional, rise-you-out-of-your-seat bumps, CAL Train works well. : )

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
Yes many people do. I've sold to Stanford professors and many many high tech people that work down the peninsula.
I also used to ride my bike to Redwood city form SF 3 times a week and Caltrain back up. But that was before BART went to Millbrae. If you can get to the station in SOMA there would be no problem. If you can get to BART and then to Millbrae again no problem.
Google has a bus that picks up in Noe Valley and the Mission on 24th street and runs to the Mountain View campus if you were working there.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Hi Alex,
Either, Baby Bullet Caltrain or a combination of BART with a "bullet" Caltrain with a change of trains in Millbrae are definitely good options. Dependent where in Palo Alto, you can either bike or take a bus.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
ARTUR URBANS…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
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