We havent found any areas that we think can provide us with the same housing options as Discovery Bay. Even though my husband will be making a salary over 150K a year, the thought of buying a house over 450K sounds outrageous to us. We just dont come from that kind of real estate. The home we have now is almost 2000 sq feet with 3 bedrooms in a nice area and we paid 180K. Its just such a change for us.
If we wernt moving CA we wanted to upgrade to a large home when the market got better.
Any other areas that you could suggest where we could like in a nice home, close to PA and not fear for our lives!?!?!?
You will probably need to drive to the Pittsburg/BayPoint BART and park your car there.
You take BART through to San Francisco, where you can then switch to a CalTrain that will take you down to Palo Alto.
If you are walking distance to work from the CalTrain station, you should be OK. If not, I would get an old, used car (something that is worth less than $5000) and park it at Palo Alto Cal Train station overnight so you can drive to and from work from that station. Buses and waiting for buses is a waste of time.
I just ran the trip planner on 511.org. If you take the 6:30am BART train out of Pittsburg/Bay Point, you will probably get into Palo Alto CalTrain station by 8:30am. It still sounds like a long commute, but at least you don't have to sit in morning commute traffic, and maybe, you could do work on your laptop on the way to work. For example, in the morning, it can take you over an hour to just get from Walnut Creek to San Francisco by car. Personally, I don't think it is the best place for you to live if you are working in Palo Alto, but if you love it and don't mind spending so much time on your commute... fine. You will probably spend more than 5 hours a day commuting. Can you work from a laptop while on the trains (2 hrs on the way in, 2 hours on the way out, and 4-5 hours in the office to make up a 8-9 hr work day)? Personally, I wouldn't be able to do it.
I would love to live in Discovery Bay. I spend most of my time in the summer on the water up there. With that said, there is a reason I don't live there. Our mass transit system, although getting better, is not as connected as we would like. Many times it takes so much longer to take mass transit that we Bay Area folk would rather sit in our car in traffic.
Every morning the local news talks about traffic in the Bay Area and I think I'm right when I say HWY 4 coming out of Antioch is always the slowest at commute time. The average speed runs about 4 mph.
I know Discovery Bay is a great place, but you will have to decide is it really the best for your family? If your spouse is away from the home 12 hrs a day - (4 hrs to commute 8 hrs to work).
I'll be interested to see if TRULIA VOICES come up with some better commute ideas. I am always looking for a way to live there as well.