My husband and I have been talking about relocating to the Bay Area in the fall. We have a 20 mth old and plan on getting pregnant soon. I know the Bay is huge and so I am planning to take a trip up there this summer to scout around. I am reading old threads here on mdc and getting overwhelmed. Wondering if you Bay Area residents could help me out and suggest places to check out? Here is a little about us:
We are from NY, lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 10 years before moving to CA.
We have lived in Los Angeles for 10 years....moved here intending to stay a few years and have never really felt at home here.
We are a home birthin', breastfeeding vegetarian and vegan household.
DH owns his own business which is connected both to the tech world and entertainment industry
I am a SAHM with a past life as a creative (dancer/actor/writer) and seek to live in a creative culture
Diversity is very very important to us.
Walkability is a must
I would like a garden
We do not have a lot of money right now. (I know, I know...the Bay is soooo expensive. But we feel like we are paying a huge price in LA, since the cultural values here are not how we envision raising our child(ren))
I know that Public Schools in CA are a mess. But are there any areas in the Bay where the schools are better/worse?
Thanks in advance for any insight!