Moving to East Bay location advice
We live in the peninsula and hoping to upgrade to a larger home. Both of our jobs moved to remote work-from-home with only the expectation of occasional office visit for meetings (not to exceed once a week) after the pandemic is over, so we are seriously considering moving to the east bay to be able to upgrade and purchase a much larger home than our current one for a lower purchase price. Even though commuting to the peninsula will be painful, a once a week at most commute seems doable and worth it to get more space. But picking a city has been overwhelming. We have elementary aged kids and so a high rated public school that is strongly focused on academics is a top priority for us (since that's what we have now). We would love if the schools have after care centers in them or walking distance from them, but can work around it since we will be working from home most days. We are hoping for a place that is close to walking trails and/or state parks so there is place to take a walk and get exercise, a place where the kids can play and ride bikes in the community, a place with low crime rate that feels safe, and one that would be good to raise kids in. Something that feels like San Carlos but with a lower price range. Reasonable commute to peninsula or SF will be nice, but we already know the commute will be hard and are willing to put up with it once a week to get our kids a larger backyard and more comfortable home. So far we have considered Walnut Creek and Danville areas, but not sure if there are other good places to raise kids in the East Bay that we should be looking at.