I have decided I want to move to California, preferably sometime before summer. I went to San Francisco last October and absolutely loved it! So I need some advice from those who live in the Bay area.
I figured I would rent a town home or apartment in San Francisco first (ideally the Marina District), so then I could get a better idea of where I want to live before I buy a home. I found www.sfresidence.com which provides great information on all the different districts in the city.
What is it like to live in the Sausalito, Tiburon, San Rafael area? Price isnít an issue and I work from home so commuting is not a factor. From what I remember, San Jose seemed a little trashy, at least the part I drove through. And according to my dad, the same goes for Oakland. What particular areas should I avoid? Iíd like to live by/on the water, so I donít want to go inland like Sacramento. And I like big cities, but I will take a drive up to Santa Rosa and check it out.
This is probably getting too specific, but are there any particular luxury apartment/townhomes any would recommend? The new Paramount looked pretty sick! So did the Stienhart Hotel and Archstone South Market.
Iím planning on taking a trip in about 6-8 weeks.
Thanks for the advice!