baycat80 wrote: jawsome wrote:
baycat80 wrote:so i'm thinkin bout gettin an apartment in the east bay, prolly el cerrito or emeryville, somewhere close to the bart.
where are you guys thinkin of living?
Are you doing this for financial reasons? If so, Emeryville would not make economic sense (just as expense as SF) but El Cerrito could make it worthwhile, though that commute would be blah, imo.
you're right, in strictly monetary terms, emeryville is not that far off from sf. however, you can find similarly priced one bedroom apartments/studios with much more square footage in emeryville. also, the area is pretty nice and allows you to escape a little bit from the rush of the city. i'm also trying to think about where i'm going to keep my car, knowing parking is cheaper in east bay than in sf.
that being said, there are of course many distinct advantages to living in the city (shorter commute, for one). i would really love to live in mcallister tower, i just don't kno wat i'm gonna do with my car. any suggestions?
Re: living in the East Bay -
people talk about the East Bay like it's in outer space, and the reason you hear that is because if you DON'T live right near a BART station, transferring from bus to BART can definitely be time-consuming. If you're going to live in the East Bay, find somewhere near a BART station (being careful, of course, NOT to sign any lease until you've SEEN the neighborhood and read up on the crime stats - the East Bay is like an inverted English muffin: you're living next door to both crooks and nannies). If you live right near the BART, the commute will be relatively painless. If you can get your butt out of bed early enough to leave before the rush hour crunch, you will be able to find a seat and study while you're on the train.
If, however, you're a night owl, and can't handle leaving that early, live in the city. But if you live in the city, sell your car. I'm serious. Just don't bother. It's not even that you won't be able to afford parking (although that's true too), it's that you will lose all that commuting time you saved by not living in the east bay while you're driving around trying to FIND somewhere to park. For heaven's sake, save yourself the headache and the gas money (which, for those of you moving here from those square states in the middle, is still more expensive than you'll want it to be here even when gas prices are "low). The city is claiming (but take it with a grain of salt, because we've heard this a couple of times now) that TransLink cards will be good on BART, Muni and AC transit by the summer, so that will make public transportation easier to navigate.
Sorry if I ramble. I need to have my coffee IV drip adjusted.