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Hi, Mamas.<br><br>
DH is jobhunting and there are so many opportunities in Silicon Valley. We are from NC and know nothing about the area (we visited SF 5 years ago, but all we saw of the area was sitting in rush hour San Jose traffic). So here goes:<br><br>
I stay at home with our 1 year old DD, DH would probably make around $100K. We know we'll never be able to buy a place, but we don't want to go totally broke living in CA.<br>
Is it possible to find a 3br house or townhouse that's not in cracktown for $2000/mo rent or less? I'd love to not live in an apartment complex.<br>
We would want to live as close as possible to work in Cupertino to avoid a commute longer than 30-45 mins. Is this even possible? What towns do you recommend? Which ones to avoid? We'd love something walkable, safe, you know your typical family friendly place.<br><br>
Feel free to give your totally biased and longwinded answers. I need all the info I can get! If you are from the east or south, tell me what you love about the area. what do you miss.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi, Mamas.<br><br>
DH is jobhunting and there are so many opportunities in Silicon Valley. We are from NC and know nothing about the area (we visited SF 5 years ago, but all we saw of the area was sitting in rush hour San Jose traffic). So here goes:<br><br>
I stay at home with our 1 year old DD, DH would probably make around $100K. We know we'll never be able to buy a place, but we don't want to go totally broke living in CA.<br>
Is it possible to find a 3br house or townhouse that's not in cracktown for $2000/mo rent or less? I'd love to not live in an apartment complex.<br>
We would want to live as close as possible to work in Cupertino to avoid a commute longer than 30-45 mins. Is this even possible? What towns do you recommend? Which ones to avoid? We'd love something walkable, safe, you know your typical family friendly place.<br><br>
Feel free to give your totally biased and longwinded answers. I need all the info I can get! If you are from the east or south, tell me what you love about the area. what do you miss.<br><br>
Thanks!</div>
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You would totally be able to buy a house making $100k. It's expensive here, but not that expensive.<br><br>
I'm from California, but I completely love living in Silicon Valley. I am a knitter, and one thing I love is that there are LYS galore around here. A couple of weeks ago there was a LYS shop hop and 19 stores within 60 miles of my house participated. I only made it to about 10 of the stores, but I only went in one direction. But still 10 LYS within an hours drive of my house! 5 within 15 mins drive.<br><br>
We have awesome food. You can buy raw milk at Whole Foods here, if that's important to you. There are tons of Farmers Markets, many go year round. The restaurants are amazing.<br><br>
Places to look into living that are cute and walkable:<br>
Los Gatos<br>
Campbell<br>
Morgan Hill (It gets very hot here and it's a bit farther from Cupertino)<br>
Santa Clara<br>
San Jose has some really cute neighborhoods - Willow Glen especially is very quaint and walkable. There are some small apartment buildings there vs. huge complexes. The apartments still feel like they are part of the neighborhood. I am also a big fan of the Japantown neighborhood. For apartment living, I really like The Alameda. There are some really nice apartments right on The Alameda and there are lots of cute shops and restaurants there too. And the Y is there.
 
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