I live in Fremont.
To be honest, Fremont would not be my first choice of places to move however, it's relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of areas around here which is why my husband bought this house (long before I knew him). It's listed as 1,000 sq ft, but I have measured the house when getting ready to paint and it's really 950ish sq ft. Yay for rounding? We have two on the small side of average bedrooms and one really small bedroom that we use as an office. One tiny
bathroom. Our living room is smallish but adequate and our kitchen is a no-more-than-two-butts sorta place.
Our particular unit is not as well maintained as a lot of the houses in our general neighborhood because the owners before my husband didn't do a lot of upkeep and my husband did basically nothing. So in the past few years I've been trying to catch up on 10-15 years of home maintenance. Oof. Oh! We have a rather large two car garage that I finished and turned into a playroom/laundry room/pantry storage and we have a storage shed in the back yard. Between those two things we still have a lot of crap but the inside of our house still feels fairly minimalist.
I have grown to really appreciate the size of our house with a little kid. I can let my daughter roam the back yard and house with very minimal supervision because it's hard for her to 'hide'. It's super easy to keep this place clean (when I'm not pregnant
) and I feel like keeping our stuff to a minimum is a good thing in general.
Fremont isn't high on my list of places I would move to on purpose because this is not the crunchy part of the bay area. We do have a Trader Joe's but mostly Safeway/Ralph's is the extent of our grocery shopping. There are some raw milk co-ops in town as well as an awesome farm share so I guess I should be more open minded. I like our farmers market even though it isn't as extensive as many of them in the bay. I have grown to appreciate the 'small town' feel here. I am getting to know my neighbors pretty well. If you avoid the chains there are some fairly good restaurants here where the owners quickly recognize you and you build ongoing relationships. (I'm very sad that our local Lebanese place just closed. But I suppose after 30 something years the owners deserve a retirement. My daughter is already missing them because they were very grandparent-like towards her.)
You will often hear the expression, "The great thing about Fremont is that everything is only 20 minutes away. The bad thing about Fremont is that everything is 20 minutes away." This is not the best town to be carless. (I speak from personal experience.) We are definitely the 'burbs.
I wouldn't have chosen this town, but I've made my peace with it. It's not so bad and given that living here means that our mortgage is low enough that we can have a 15 year mortgage and be done paying off the house by the time I'm in my very early 40's and we can still live in the bay area... it's worth it.