My wife wants to look for a job in the Bay Area and be closer to her family. I'm a teacher with 21 years in West Sacramento. If I take a job in most Bay Area districts, I'd take a huge pay cut and a subsequent hit to my retirement.
So we figured that if we moved to Martinez, it might work for both of us, provided we can live short biking distance from the Amtrak station. Then I could take the train back to work every day.
Besides, in Martinez if we downsize a little bit, we could actually be free of a mortgage.
I've spent very little time in Martinez. So I have a few questions for anyone who lives there or has actually spent time there.
Good and bad areas - where are they?
How bike-friendly it is for an experienced cyclist?
How long would it take me to get from, say, just north of Highway 4 to downtown at around six in the morning?
Anything else I might need to know about Martinez would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.