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Old 12-11-07, 09:07 PM   #1
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New job in Palo Alto, where should I live?

I have a new job in Palo Alto, next to Stanford.
Now I need to figure out where to live so I can continue to bike commute.

I currently in Park Slope, Brooklyn and bike 7 miles to midtown.
I love Prospect Park were I can ride car-free and go running
and I like the walkable village-y feel of Park Slope.
I am hoping to find some place with a similar (sub)urban park
within 60 minutes by bike of the caltrain station in Palo Alto.

What suggestions of bay area places do you guys have so
I can still commute by bike?

Thanks, mike

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Old 12-11-07, 09:08 PM   #2
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That is entirely depends on your budget. Try posting in the NorCal section of these forums. A lot of people who post there live in the Bay Area.
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Old 12-12-07, 01:34 AM   #3
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Don't live in East Palo Alto unless you want to be stabbed.

Mountain View is doable, you could go up Middlefield Road or something like that to get to Stanford. The areas around Palo Alto, such as Menlo Park or Atherton, are very expensive to live in. So I would recommend that you live in Mountain View, if not Palo Alto itself. Mountain View is also quite a hub for the local VTA bus system, and there is also light rail there as well.

You could live in San Jose, near downtown, and catch Caltrain out of Diridon station. Be aware that Caltrain has to turn away bikers all the time during rush hour because the racks fill up very quickly. So if you want to take your bike on the train, Caltrain is not reliable.

Also, it is Stanford, not StanDford.
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Old 12-12-07, 08:58 AM   #4
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Check out Redwood City - lots of good food and an easy commute for you. In fact, you would have an easy commute to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, etc. (plus near the train station so you can get up to SF or anywhere else easily).
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I ride Caltrains all the time. I have never been bumped. The main time you would get bumped would be if the the train is the newer style. They only hold 16 bikes, the regular ones hold 32 bikes. Also, if it is the express the conductores will let a few more on if they know you are only going to P. A. The baby bulllet only makes one stop between SJ to PA. On the express train it only takes 20 minutes to get to PA, under 1 hours to SF.

Suburbia here in California does not lend itself very well to " walkable village-y feel of Park Slope" If you ride Calrtrians down form SF is the best bet. Lots of people ride everyday down from SF.
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I have a new job in Palo Alto, next to Standford.
Now I need to figure out where to live so I can continue to bike commute.

I currently in Park Slope, Brooklyn and bike 7 miles to midtown.
I love Prospect Park were I can ride car-free and go running
and I like the walkable village-y feel of Park Slope.
I am hoping to find some place with a similar (sub)urban park
within 60 minutes by bike of the caltrain station in Palo Alto.

What suggestions of bay area places do you guys have so
I can still commute by bike?

Thanks, mike
How long of a commute are you willing to live with? How about SF? It's a ~36 min ride to Palo Alto on Caltrain's baby bullet service.
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Old 12-12-07, 04:21 PM   #7
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My business partner just moved to Foster City and couldn't be happier. Not too far for ya, a truly clean suburb and pretty much right in there with typical rent prices.
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I travel to Moffett Field a couple of times a year and I like the Palo Alto area. If it's too pricey, try Mountain View or Los Altos or Menlo Park. I wouldn't go as far east as East Palo Alto or south to Sunnyvale, unless you can find a place near some bike trail to take you into town.

I like the city of Palo Alto. I could see where you could go without a car there. That said, I always stay in Mountain View to be close to NASA.
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Old 12-13-07, 07:48 AM   #9
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There are a lot of decent areas within commuting range of Palo Alto. Sunnyvale's not bad either, didn't see it mentioned.
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I have a new job in Palo Alto, next to Stanford.
Now I need to figure out where to live so I can continue to bike commute.

I currently in Park Slope, Brooklyn and bike 7 miles to midtown.
I love Prospect Park were I can ride car-free and go running
and I like the walkable village-y feel of Park Slope.
I am hoping to find some place with a similar (sub)urban park
within 60 minutes by bike of the caltrain station in Palo Alto.

What suggestions of bay area places do you guys have so
I can still commute by bike?

Thanks, mike
There is good information along with some interesting possibilities in this thread:

Silicon Valley commuting
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