I'm relocating from the Midwest and in turmoil. Work will be based in Santa Clara, but should I be?

I've been driving around the Bay Area for three days. Spent the first checking out places in downtown San Jose. Then cruised up to Palo Alto. Then circled Mountain View, passed through several other communities. Today I did the drive to the city and checkout out some lofts and different neighborhoods, trying to keep the travel time in mind. So, put simply, where do people live out here? I just wrapped up an MBA and will be starting a management development program with a med devices / pharma company. Lived in downtown Chicago near Wrigley before bschool and like the city vibe, value the ability to walk to things. I've seen Santana Row and it looks like Vegas-style prefab community. I checked out the Pines and have some reservations about that hulking complex, though I did like the upper-end units. Any insights or miracle cures would be great. Rent range is $2000-$2400 or so. Not sure how much of my previous post can be seen, but here goes.... I've been cruising around in my rental car for three days. Started by focusing on downtown San Jose, the moved on to Palo Alto, then to Mountain View, then to the SOMA area of SF. Really tough to figure this out. Looking for two bedroom, two bath, W/D in unit - and some stuff within walking distance. I'm 31 and married, no kids. I don't have any pets or a meth lab or anything like that. I drove out to Los Gatos today and thought that was pretty cool, but pretty pricey for the rental market. I'm here doing a rotational program after wrapping up my MBA. Any insights on any of this would be greatly appreciated. And if you have a place to rent....

Asked By: MrErik1 - 6/19/2007
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It is definately expensive to live in San Fran. Sounds like a good job though. And TRAFFIC is terrible in San Fran ~ keep that in mind for commuting (both cost and time). Walking sounds great if you can live near where you work. Or a neighborhood that isn't far away... More
Answered By: MELANIE - 6/19/2007
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