Congratulations, Jess, what a great opportunity!
I think we need to take a step back and see the kind of budget you have to see the price range you will be looking comfortably with the combined income from you and your girl friend. As mentioned below, Sourthern Marin or the upscale area in the city can be pricy, but everything is relative. One personâ€™s high-end could be otherâ€™s low-end (check out those young Microsoft millionaires).
It also depends on the lifestyle you prefer. Do you prefer the hussell bussell of the city or do you enjoy the open space, the nature, the gorgeous weather, parks and recs, boutique shops, biking, hiking, slower path, etc, what Marin can offer? We have the national seashore, national forest, not to mention all the open spaces, sunny/mild weather, tennis, golf, horseback riding, farmers market etc, all easily accessible within the county,
Will your girl friend be commuting during rush hours or does she have flexible schedule â€“ commuting to the city during off hour can be accomplished in half an hour, but could double during rush hour from northern Marin. Will the jobs be long term or just a stepping stone to move to the Bay Area? The commute is also by season in Marin. Spring and fall are heavier than summer and winter. There are also various means to do so â€“ drive, bus, ferry. All these need to be taken into consideration.
In addition, the widening of southbound 101 between 580 overpass and Lincoln Avenue is scheduled to finish in April, 08 and the whole project will be done by end of 2008. So, you will be looking at better commute within a year.
Not to write a book about the benefit of living in Marin, but you can see that there is a lot of choice here. Still, back to my first question to start looking.
Let me know if you need further information.