The reason the homes are less expensive there is because of the weather you just mentioned and the schools. If you can live with the dampness, they are great bargains with relation to homes close by in S.F.
If you purchase a home there, make sure there is no mold. Once you own the home, Make sure you have a good paint job, good roof and windows and also proper ventilation.
Have you been on craigslist yet? I know a lot of landlords will put on ads "no pets" but some may change their mind once they meet you and your pet. This was the case for my fiance and I in the place we were previously renting (although it wasn't in Daly City).
If you're concerned about crime you can go to http://dcpd.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx
there you can use the tabs on the side and enter dates to pull up crime information. Hope I helped. If you have any follow-up questions, feel free to email me.... more
If you get reported for having an unwarranted kitchen, the city will have you demolish it which is a big hassle and can get very expensive. To fully know the extent of the penalty, I suggest you call the Daly City Buiding Inspection Division. I can email you their number if you want. My email address is email@example.com... more
Daly City has the designation "NSFHA" or "No Special Flood Hazard Areas" in FEMA's Community Status Book for Flood Insurance Rate Maps in California. What this means is that FEMA has not mapped any flood hazard areas in Daly City so flood insurance will likely not be required for any proprties within the City of Daly City. Daly City does participate in the National Flood Insurance Propgram so flood insurance is available if you wanted to carry it. It would be available at a lower rate than that of areas in flood hazard zones.... more