Moving to the Bay Area, looking for advice on where to live.

Asked by Nicholas Frisch, Chicago, IL Wed Jan 23, 2013

My wife and I are moving to San Francisco in June and would love some advice on where to consider living (will be renting, not buying). My wife will be working at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. I will complicate things by working in various locations including Redwood City and Burlingame, and will also need to travel as far as Cupertino occasionally but only in the evening or on weekends. We are 30 years old, don't have kids yet, and would like to live somewhere with activities within walking distance. If we were to live somewhere closer to the city (like Potrero Hill??) just how terrible would my commute times be, i.e. is going away from the city in the morning and back in evening just as bad as the reverse? If the commute situation is just too terrible, any suggestions on places a little further south?

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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Thu Feb 14, 2013
You might want to consider San Bruno-Millbrae and Burligame. Bart and Caltrans ( the train) would make commuting very convenient for the both of you.

Welcome to the SF Bar Area!


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Amie Chilson, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Thu Jan 24, 2013
Here is a great tool to visually research SF neighborhoods with an interactive neighborhood map and description of each area. You can use a rental agent, however most rentals are on as a resource once you've discovered where you want to end up. Much luck to you and welcome to my beloved city...San Francisco!
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Nicholas

May also want to consider Sausalito.

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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
If you want to live in the city, any of the following could work:
MIssion, SOMA, South Beach, Yerba Buena, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bernal Hts, or Glen Park. Commute times will vary from day to day, but being on the south side of the city helps a LOT. Crossing town, especially market st adds a lot of time.

I suggest you drive it a couple of times before making the call, and if it seems too much both Burlingame and San Mateo have vibrant downtown areas with restaurants and shops, although the feel is different than the city.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Oggi Kashi, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
Try mission bay, SOMA, south beach, and the north slope of potrero hill for starters. If you need assistance finding a rental agent just drop me a line.
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Nancy Corsaut, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Nicholas,

Potrero Hill would be one of the easiest neighborhoods to commute from as freeway access is so darn close. You might also consider SOMA and South Beach as they are both close to the freeway as well. As a suburban option, Burlingame is beautiful and has an upscale downtown area that is as charming as it is walkable.

Also, I know a great rental agent if you are looking for someone to assist you. Good luck!
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Tom Flinn, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
Hi Nicholas,

I used to live in Ohio and am happy to work with you concerning properties, commute, lifestyle. I used to commute to Santa Clara on a daily basis. If you'd like to talk to me about it, please email me at and we can set up a convenient time to talk.

Welcome to San Francisco! Tom Flinn Hill & Co.
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I think the best plan is to speak on the phone, create a drive plan to visit prospective neighborhoods and you'll see what all your options are.
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Pete Flint, Home Buyer, Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
You should check out Trulia's commute time map...,CA/x_map/#for_s…
Drag the car to a new location and use the filters on the left to select commute times and property criteria.
For a visual view on this check out Trulia Local:
to give you a view on which areas might be interesting for you..

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James Caldwe…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
San Francisco is 7 miles by 7 miles. In my opinion no commute within this area is a killer.
Please call me , jim caldwell st 415 921-0113
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