Southerngalh…, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

Job relocation.WPB FL to San Fran, CA. Huge cost living diff. Can you advise where to search most desirable yet affordable homes? Scared n excited too

Asked by Southerngalheadswest, San Francisco, CA Fri May 13, 2011

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All the information that you have been receiving from my fellow agents below is excellent advice. What I would suggest is that you spend a day with an agent and drive around the different neighborhoods in San Francisco that might be of interest to you and have the agent explain the pros and cons and the price of each neighborhood. By doing this you will get a first hands feel of the wonderful San Francisco neighborhoods have to offer. You can read on line or on brochures about each neighborhood but until you actually drive or walk through them you really can’t get a good feel for the area.

If this is something that you feel you would like to do please give me a call or send me an email and I would be happy to show you our Beautiful City and surrounding areas.

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The cost of living in the Bay area differs most on how far to are willing to drive to work. There are house and condos in every price range. The life style you want to have will make up part of your decision and the location of your new job.
I encourage you to contact several agents and web sites to clean information about our highway systems, public transportation choices and the varied neighborhood. Facebook will have some of these. You can enter San Francisco neighborhoods for instance.
The agent you choose needs to be available to be your trusted advisor in the financial area of real estate and possesses a broad understanding the the choices that best fit your needs. drop me an email if I can help provide you some places to start your search.

San Francisco is really a beautiful city and you will enjoy the amazing views of the San Francisco Bay that shapes this region. Be sure and bring your jacket.
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We need more details so we can provide a complete answer:

- How familiar are you with SF and it's neighborhoods?
- Condo or single family home? Price range?
- Number of bedrooms and baths?
- Family size? Any children? Their ages?
- Do you require parking? Outdoor space?
- Employment location? Max commute time?

I would be happy to answer all your questions so you can figure out your best options. I can also provide a SF Buyer's Guide to help answer some of the basic real estate questions regarding our wonderful city.

Here is a link to my SF property search by map. The data is updated every 2 hours so the information is accurate and reliable:

Best of luck,

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
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Hi Southern Gal,

Well I moved from England in 2002 to CA, its a little further but moving any major distance is exciting and scary. Firstly my advice would be to read up on some of the nieghborhoods, evaluate where you work and how mouch commuting time and your biggest change, reducing the size of your living space. I used to live in a 4000+ sqft home with views of hills, but in reality I now live in a much smaller home- but I live in an amazing city and in my opinion one of the best hoods of the city.

Please contact me or check out the website and watch some of the videos about the area, read the descriptions and get ready for a great change in your life. Good luck, and maybe I will get to meet you and help you in your transition.

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SF is a wonderful place to live and it is certainly different than West Palm Beach.
If you can provide more details as to what you're looking for ( i.e. price, commute time, condo/single family, etc.) than I can give you more neighborhood recommendations. Do you plan to rent or buy? Any other prerequisites?

Get to know the neighborhoods here:

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You are in for a very exciting time indeed. No matter where you end up living you will enjoy the wonderful weather and outdoor living as only can be found in California, especially in the Bay Area. While housing costs here exceed anything else out there, hopefully job salaries also reflect that and also the initial shock will soon be replaces by the realization of real estate values here, which have remain solid for a long long time. Even in the recent down-turn, our prices dropped less than most other regions.

Your terms desirable and affordable are relative here and other requirements may have to be greatly adjusted to accomodate those two terms - such as the suburb you choose versus the City - the distance to the City - even the neighborhood in the City, the size, etc.

The best is to start bey defining your budget and your minimum needs, then I can propose various different areas that you can start looking at. Feel free to contact me at any time.
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Wonderful and exciting! what do you mean "affordable"? what is your housing budget and what do you need? Many options available depending upon the answer to those two questions...SFR or condo in a variety of neighborhoods. I specialize in helping Buyers into existing homes and depending upon your priorities giving consult on how to improve it's green-lviing profile. Energy, water-wise, indoor air quality, etc. Call if you'd like to interview me to help you find a new home out here. I've been here 26 years ~ don't be scared, I can help. Cheers! Callista
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Very different environment, but San Francisco is a fun city with lots to do nearby. My advice about where to look would be dependent upon your budget and lifestyle parameters. We work with a lot of out-of-area/international clients and would be happy to give you a no-strings consult to help you get started. We've also had many clients who were looking in the city and surrounding areas and found it a huge benefit to work with a firm who does business in all of them to avoid dealing with several agents/brokers.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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desirable yet affordable homes doesn't exist in the Bay Area. If you can put up with 1-1.5hrs drive/bus/BART, the affordable homes are available.
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Congrats on your Job Transfer. You might look into the Sunset area or Bernal Heights areas. Both are good areas and more affordable.

With that said, you should also consider SSF and San Bruno, both located about 15 minutes South of S.F. You can get more bang for your buck and I think the schools are better.

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You might want to avoid living in the city itself and find somewhere with a short commute. There are many East Bay communities that are great areas but less expensive.
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