Moving from Australia to the Bay Area
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– Jan 17, 2017(1 reply)
Hi there, I am a mother of 3 kids (7, 4, and 2) from Sydney Australia and this week my husband accepted a job in the financial district in SF. I have been searching and searching online to try and work out where to live. Best case scenario would be an area with a reasonable commute to SF, safe, walkable, friendly with some vibrancy and 'action'. I would like my kids to go to a good school and also I would like to easily meet other people as I won't be working (at least at first). Right now we live in an inner city suburb which is safe, walkable and full of families. I think I would like something similar but at the same time wonder if we should try something different like 'Marin county'. Right now I've narrowed it down to either Albany, North Berkeley, parts of Marin County, Palo Alto or Noe Valley?? As you can see, I am a little lost - any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanking you all so much in advance.Jan 17, 2017
– Jan 2, 2017(18 replies)
Hi there, our family of 4 (husband, myself and 2 kids aged 5 and 7) will be relocating from Sydney - Australia to San Francisco in February 2017 for my husband's work (located in the financial district). We are desperately seeking some advice on suitable places to live (rent) which will be paid (or subsidised by work). Our key considerations (not in order) are (1) family friendly and also friendly people (2) outdoor space for both school and living (3) commute to work (4) good schooling. I have seen that Orinda and Lafayette seem very appealing but also housing seems sparse (and expensive). We aussies are a friendly lot and while education is important to us for our children (we are both professional in the legal and financial fields) - I am also concerned about instilling holistic values of kindness, friendship, fun and gaining new life experiences (for me as well!). I hope you may be able to offer some guidance. LiesaJan 2, 2017