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My family is thinking about leaving the city (SF) we just can't afford it anymore. We have been in a 1 bedroom for the past five years and definitely need more space, but can not afford to double our rent.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
San Mateo is on our list for relocation so i was wondering if you live there what you could tell me about the place. Do you love it? Our there any neighborhoods that are not safe or nice places to live? (We are going the Craigslist route right now and i am blind to the neighborhoods) Is your child (children) in school there? Do you like the school? any and all info is appreciated. AND if you know of someone looking to rent out a small 2 bedroom house for around $1500-$1700 a month please let me know.<br><br>
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We've been in SM since last summer-- after living in Berkeley for 4 years and SF for 3. We moved in order to shorten my husband's commute, and for that it's been wonderful. Our plan was to live here for a year, but we may end up staying another just because of the traffic.<br><br>
I don't love it here, but it's got a lot of resources (AP parents of the peninsula often meets nearby, there 2x/month LLL meetings, etc.). The downtown is pretty nice. The library is wonderful. The YMCA is also great.<br><br>
I hate having to drive everywhere-- REALLY miss the walkability of both SF and Berkeley. I miss the vegan restaurants. I miss the people. I miss Festoon hair salon. I miss our CSA (so much harder to find one in SM for some reason).<br><br>
Our first baby won't be here for another couple months, so for now we go to the city or east bay pretty much every weekend. I imagine that'll stop after s/he comes, and then we'll see if I can stand to live here another year. We've talked about Palo Alto as a compromise place to live, but we'll see.<br><br>
I don't check this board too often, so if you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
 

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I live in Belmont which is right next to San Mateo. I find that people who move here from the city tend to miss the city life. However, as suburbs go, it's not bad. I grew up in the suburbs so I don't have that whole missing the urban scene thing. I like the downtown of San Mateo - it's practical rather than fancy like Palo Alto would be. Central Park is great with children. As the previous poster said, the AP group here is very active and a great way to meet people. See <a href="http://www.appen.org" target="_blank">www.appen.org</a> to find out more.
 

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I lived in San Mateo for a couple of years and totally loved it.<br>
I want to move back there so bad!<br>
We still take ds to the Central Park when the weather is nice.<br>
We like the downtown area, the Dragers whole food market is fun to walk around in.<br>
I live in Central Valley but we are looking to relocate to Daly City, I wish we could move to San Mateo but we have a housing offer that we can't pass up. I know once we move back to Daly City, we will be spending plenty of time in San Mateo.<br>
I'm not sure on the housing prices, I lived there in 2000 and we were paying 1200 for a one bedroom apartment but with the slowing of market sales, it should be a good time to rent with out breaking the bank.
 
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