What suburbs are within a 30 minute commute to san fran and have the following?
-regular sun and no fog
-charter schools or like minded public elementary schools
-or great homeschooling communities
-weekly farmers markets
please tell me they exist!:)))
The fog is more of a Daily City problem ;). Belmont, Burlingame, Rwc really don't get that foggy at all. The farther South, the warmer. E.g. when it's hot in Rwc, it will be a few degrees less in San Mateo. I can't say much about schools since I never had kids when I lived there. Crunchiness? Everywhere! :)
Safe neighborhoods can be found in said communities.
Alameda!!! Not as crunchy as Berkeley, but it's safe, walkable, usually sunny (no fog like SF/Daly City), has a weekly farmers' market and lots of great parks and nice people. Check it out!
I love living in Walnut Creek, and find all of that here, except the 30 min commute, it's more like 45-1hr. I know a few homeschooling groups and playgroups, there is a montessori charter school (by lotto to get in) and I have seen several women opening breastfeeding toddlers. Safe, amazing weather, pretty much no fog, year round farmers market. Not as crunchy as Berkeley though, I've been very happy here.
Mama to my little social butterfly 6/13/09
Marin county meets your requirements. Cost of living is high, but so is the rest of the bay area. We live in San Rafael. DH commutes to the city in about 30 minutes (40 on very busy mornings). It's sunny and warm, farmers' markets everywhere. A nice homeschooling community. Some parts are more conservative/yuppie, but towns like Fairfax/San Anselmo are very crunchy, and the resources are around for the rest of us. A smaller 3 br house in northern Marin will run you around 500-700K, but there are nearly no "bad" neighborhoods.