Hi there! We might relocate to San Francisco and I am looking for websites/books/resources that contain info on neighborhoods, schools etc. I appreciate any suggestions you may have...<br>
Thanks & peace,<br>
I found a book that our realtor gave us really helpful. If you contact a realtor (we used Pacific Union), they would be happy to send you more info about that stuff! It's their job to know that stuff.<br><br>
I also found this website really helpful:<br><a href="http://www.dreamworld.org/sfguide/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.dreamworld.org/sfguide/index.html</a><br><br>
Good luck! Let us know if the move happens!
I don't know if you are talking about moving to San Francisco specifically, or to the Bay Area in general, but here is a site that has a lot of information about the east bay and a little about San Francisco too.<br><a href="http://parents.berkeley.edu/" target="_blank">http://parents.berkeley.edu/</a>
Thanks so much for your replies! We'd be moving to the Bay Area, not SF specifically...although my husband would be working in SF and he'd like an easy commute. That's the biggest thing we're looking for - the least expensive housing w/ the easiest commute to the civic center area. I guess we'd plan to rent for a year. We have three children, two of which are school-age. Yikes. I can't imagine making such a big move. I am sure I'l be back with more questions...<br>
My DH says I should work for the tourist bureau here, since I'm always "pushing" Alameda. We've lived here for 4 years now and I honestly love the place.<br><br>
We lived in the Berkeley hills for a couple of years until we were kicked out because our landlord was selling. We hadn't even HEARD about Alameda until our realtor mentioned it, and after we were priced out of every other town.<br>
Both my DH and I worked in downtown SF at the time, and found the communte among the most enjoyable around here.<br><br>
There is an express bus that leaves from the corner that gets us into downtown SF in 25 minutes. The bus now offers wi-fi access.<br><br>
The ferry is an enjoyable 15 minutes bike ride (on totally flat land) away, and then a beautiful, sane, civilized 25 minute commute.<br><br>
We're also 1 mile from the Fruitvale BART station (train), which goes into the city as well.<br><br>
And the place is SAFE. Lots of parks and tree-lined streets, too.
we've lived all over the east bay and san francisco and live in Alameda, too!<br><br>
We like alameda a lot... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
When we moved here 6 months ago, we were looking for an easy commute to SF (my dh works in Ghirardelli Square, not sure where the Civic Center is) and to rent a house and for good schools. We picked Marin because the Golden Gate Bridge is really not bad traffic-wise or he could take the ferry. There is no BART here though. We rent and for a 3br house you can pay $2500 and up. But SF jobs pay better than most other areas of the country. And most Marin County schools are awesome. And you can find a farmer's market just about any day of the week. I don't know much about the rest of the Bay Area, but we really like it here!