Our family is leaving our beloved San Francisco so my DD can attend a special school in the East Bay. We are pretty urban people but also love trees and easy parking and warm weather, etc. so while we'll miss the city vibe and culture (and easy access to beaches and hikes in Marin County, sigh...), I'm hoping we'll be able to embrace the positives that the EB has to offer.
I guess my questions are...
What is that transition like (for anyone who has fled the city for the burbs)?
Where do you find your community? Especially for parents of school-age kids (i.e., I can't join a baby play group)?
How often do you get back into the city?
What do you LOVE about the EB?
And... what towns and neighborhoods would you recommend we look in?
We need to be close to Oakland for a variety of reasons. In Oakland, we're currently focusing on the Temescal neighborhood (and some bordering neighborhoods I can't recall the names of). We like Rockridge but can't afford it. I love Berkeley but DH lived there previously and feels like he's been there, done that (although there's maybe some wiggle room there). We're curious about Alameda and Albany. I guess we want to find a place that's safe but not too spendy and that above all feels like home... multicultural and progressive, "real" (not manicured), with access to cool stuff like bookstores and farmers' markets.
Thank you in advance for any insights and words of wisdom!