Check it out: http://corp.truliablog.com/2012/06/22/commute-map/
Let me know if you have any questions,
Ali, Community Manager
Menlo Park is also a nice place to live and commute and only a five minute drive to Palo Alto for dinners/things to do. You can find some reasonable prices if you don't need a huge place.
Let me know if you need any more advice or help.
Have you thought about Burlinagme? It's a cute city with a nice vibe and the freeway runs through it along with Caltrain. This could be a good compromise in terms of commute for you both. I'm guessing by your note that you're not necessarily wanting to live in SF or Menlo Park. You may also want to look at Belmont.
Good luck if you ever need help in SF, just let me know. Thanks!
Rich Bennett, Realtor
Zephyr Real Estate
Think about it- SF is one of the ten top destinations in the world, in survey after survey, year after year. While you are young you may wish to choose to live there, move to the suburbs when you are a bit older.
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For years I commuted from Sunnyvale to South San Francisco via 280.
Less traffic then.
If you're renting for a while, I would look from Redwood City to Palo Alto; there are some nice neighborhoods and the Garage Sales are great.
Good luck and may God Bless