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Elh913, Other/Just Looking in Palo Alto, CA

Live in SF or Palo Alto?

Asked by Elh913, Palo Alto, CA Tue Dec 29, 2009

My boyfriend and I are relocating to the San Francisco area, him with a job in Palo Alto and me in SF. We will be renting, and are unsure how to make it a bearable commute for both of us (or one could walk and one could ride/drive). Is it better to live in SF and commute out, or in PA and commute into SF, or live somewhere in between? Thanks for the advice in advance....

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I assume you don't need schools for now... Both Palo Alto and SF are really expansive for either rent or purchase. I would rent somewhere in San Mateo or Redwood City with easy access to CalTrain.
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I would personally highly recommend San Francisco just because the City is such a unique, exciting cool place to live. Palo Alto is great, but San Francisco is one of the world class cities of the world. I might recommend living towards the south end of San Francisco in a neighborhood like Noe Valley. That might make the commute better for your boyfriend to Palo Alto. I have lived all over the Bay Area for 18 years (moved to San Diego 6 years ago), and my favorite place hands down is the City.
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Welcome in Silicon Valley! Yes, it is overwhelming how to choose a great place to live, specially in this area. There are so many beautiful neighborhoods to choose from!! Your lifestyle is key to make such a decision. A good way to see if you might like certain areas in the Bay is to have an area orientation of many cities,Good luck!

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Elh913 -

Think hard about the lifestyle you want. Not sure how old you are, but the Peninsula towns are very suburban (kids, schools, quiet, commuters). Many of my single friends enjoy SF for the nightlife, the culture, the restaurants, etc. Once you're in the suburbs, it is not as easy as you think to get into the SF and deal with the hassle of parking, etc. But the commute is also a pain, so if you're both mainly homebodies, then Peninsula living isn't too bad, particularly with a "town-city" like PA that has a decent downtown. If not, however, then I think you might find PA a bit boring if you don't have a family and kids.
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Cal train can get you from SF to PA and most cities in between so it really is a question of personal preferance. If you want an urban environment than SF is the place, and if you want more grass, trees, and quiet than any of the smaller cities from PA to Burlingame are very peasant.
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Terri is correct the commute from SF should be easier, I would add that living in the area's in between is your best bet, San Mateo county area, Red Wood city, and surrounding areas are all good, they would generally be less expensive than living in SF.
Dave's advice is very sound and if I were you thatt is what I would do.
Also as Terri pointed out it all depends if you wish to live in the city or the subs.
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Maybe you should split the difference and live in Burlingame, Millbrae ( You can take Bart, the local transit from the Millbrae station) or live in San Mateo.

Make sure to rent before you purchase. This will allow you time to find out where you would really like to live. You cannot afford to make a mistake in real estate, it's to costly.

The best place to find a rental is Craigslist, or you can contact or 650-455-6072.

I have clients who work exactly where you and your boyfriend will work, Palo Alto and S.F. They picked San Mateo because it's in the middle, she drives 25-30 minutes, and he takes the train.

Good luck,

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Commute from SF to PA should be easier. But what it will come down to is lifestyle. Do you want to live in the city or the Subs?
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