Buying a home in Richmond/ surrounding areas
Hi BPN families!
My husband and I are desperately trying to buy a home for our small family. We have a 1 year old and plan to have a second child in a year or so. My husband works in San Francisco and I work in San Rafael. I am so distraught over housing prices and I'm just not sure what to do. We have essentially ruled out the North Bay due to cost. We are stuck in terms of commute with both our jobs. Currently we live near Lake Merritt and my commute is already over an hour so I'm not looking to move farther down the 580 if I can avoid it. We could probably afford a home for $600k if we really stretch.
We obviously want a safe neighborhood where we can take the kids for a stroll in the evening. Currently even in our nice neighborhood in Oakland I don't feel safe doing so, people get mugged all the time here. Good schools are a plus but this seems impossible.
We can afford something in Richmond but I don't know much about the city at all! I've been told the North/East Neighborhood is up and coming, but is it safe? How are the schools?
We can definitely afford Pinole, but I'm so worried about the commute. Does anyone here commute from Pinole to either the North Bay or SF?
I'm freaking out! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!