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Jen

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Jan 27, 2013
 
Help--Looking for any advice. My husband is accepting a job in the Bay Area. Fresno is also a possiblity. His terriory is pretty large.
We are from the Midwest . We are looking for a safe place with good schools to raise our 4 kids. Our children are very involved with school sports and clubs. So a good sports program is important as well as strong academics . We love to be outside, parks, beaches, forest any warm weather activity.
We don't want to brake the bank for housing but will pay more for safety . We also want to get away from the frigid cold winters in Michigan. We are use to the heat but hate the weather under 30 degrees .. It's fine if the cold span lasts a few days but when it's under 15 degrees for a month straight that sucks .
I have looked into the following towns. Please let me know your opinions on these towns.
Livermoore
Campbell
Clovis
Santa Ana
San Carlos - which is going to out of our price range.
Which of these towns are family friendly with good schools? If there is another town that is better fit please share.
Thank you so much for your time.
welcome to Cali !

Livermore, CA

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Jan 27, 2013
 

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Jen wrote:
Help--Looking for any advice. My husband is accepting a job in the Bay Area. Fresno is also a possiblity. His terriory is pretty large.
We are from the Midwest . We are looking for a safe place with good schools to raise our 4 kids. Our children are very involved with school sports and clubs. So a good sports program is important as well as strong academics . We love to be outside, parks, beaches, forest any warm weather activity.
We don't want to brake the bank for housing but will pay more for safety . We also want to get away from the frigid cold winters in Michigan. We are use to the heat but hate the weather under 30 degrees .. It's fine if the cold span lasts a few days but when it's under 15 degrees for a month straight that sucks .
I have looked into the following towns. Please let me know your opinions on these towns.
Livermoore
Campbell
Clovis
Santa Ana
San Carlos - which is going to out of our price range.
Which of these towns are family friendly with good schools? If there is another town that is better fit please share.
Thank you so much for your time.
Livermore is great on all counts. Great downtown area but rural also. lots of clubs for sports. But please check area before you move in all city's as there are some tough areas. Each person in each city can advise which to avoid. Campbell is nice but more city and very crowded. Pleasanton is great. Best schools in the area, great homes. Lots of parks and lots of sports clubs.
The others are farther away so I can't advise. Good luck !!!!
Higher end would be Danville, San Ramon & Blackhawk.

Since: Jan 13

Grand Blanc, MI

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Jan 28, 2013
 

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[QUOTE who="welcome to Cali !"]<quoted text>
Livermore is great on all counts. Great downtown area but rural also. lots of clubs for sports. But please check area before you move in all city's as there are some tough areas. Each person in each city can advise which to avoid. Campbell is nice but more city and very crowded. Pleasanton is great. Best schools in the area, great homes. Lots of parks and lots of sports clubs.
The others are farther away so I can't advise. Good luck !!!!
Higher end would be Danville, San Ramon & Blackhawk.[/QUOTE]

Thank you so much your advice. I look into Pleasanton.
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Livermore, CA

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I am going to be honest. I do not like living in Livermore. There is not much to do here and I find myself out of town on a regular basis just to have some fun. Plus the crime has skyrocketed in the last few years. If I could afford it I would move.

I did enjoy living in San Ramon but that was a long time ago so things may have changed.

Dublin and San Ramon have much better shopping (especially groceries and restaurants) as well as better doctors and medical facilities.

Livermore does not have an emergency room. And for 90,000 people I find stupid. So in case of an emergency you have to go to Pleasanton.

Also Livermore is not child/teenager friendly. Yes we have a movie theater but Dublin has ice skating and better places to keep teenagers entertained. Plus, Livermore School District is a joke.

I know this is not politically correct but Livermore is full of mexicans and now asians as well. I am not saying this is a bad thing but if you aren't happy having them as neighbors its certainly a thing to consider. Dublin and San Ramon and Blackhawk have more caucasians.

Blackhawk tries to be upscale L.A. if you dont wear Prada to the grocery store they give you dirty looks. It is more expensive over there as well.

I think San Ramon has everything your looking for. Sports, outdoors (its close to Mt. Diablo) and is safe. In Livermore there are 2 gangs that have taken over the town. You will see a lot of graffiti with SUR or 13 on them. When I was in middle school I was told not to wear blue or red around town.

If you have the chance you should check out all of these towns before moving. If kids are playing outside then its a good sign. But in Livermore thats never really the case.

I know it sounds like I am bashing Livermore and maybe I am. I just wish I never moved here and that I stayed in San Ramon. I would move back there if I could afford it.

Either way good luck with your move and I wish you and your family the best.
welcome to Cali !

Livermore, CA

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Jan 28, 2013
 
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I am going to be honest. I do not like living in Livermore. There is not much to do here and I find myself out of town on a regular basis just to have some fun. Plus the crime has skyrocketed in the last few years. If I could afford it I would move.

I did enjoy living in San Ramon but that was a long time ago so things may have changed.

Dublin and San Ramon have much better shopping (especially groceries and restaurants) as well as better doctors and medical facilities.

Livermore does not have an emergency room. And for 90,000 people I find stupid. So in case of an emergency you have to go to Pleasanton.

Also Livermore is not child/teenager friendly. Yes we have a movie theater but Dublin has ice skating and better places to keep teenagers entertained. Plus, Livermore School District is a joke.

I know this is not politically correct but Livermore is full of mexicans and now asians as well. I am not saying this is a bad thing but if you aren't happy having them as neighbors its certainly a thing to consider. Dublin and San Ramon and Blackhawk have more caucasians.

Blackhawk tries to be upscale L.A. if you dont wear Prada to the grocery store they give you dirty looks. It is more expensive over there as well.

I think San Ramon has everything your looking for. Sports, outdoors (its close to Mt. Diablo) and is safe. In Livermore there are 2 gangs that have taken over the town. You will see a lot of graffiti with SUR or 13 on them. When I was in middle school I was told not to wear blue or red around town.

If you have the chance you should check out all of these towns before moving. If kids are playing outside then its a good sign. But in Livermore thats never really the case.

I know it sounds like I am bashing Livermore and maybe I am. I just wish I never moved here and that I stayed in San Ramon. I would move back there if I could afford it.

Either way good luck with your move and I wish you and your family the best.
We have lived her 23 years and have 2 teenagers that love Livermore. They always have fun stuff going on. Yes crime is up but if you stay away from the Chestnut/Rincon & east ave areas you are good. We have lots of different places to eat. Ale houses & wine bars 2 movie theaters and a performing arts center. You get the city and county feel. San Ramon is nice but lots if snobby people. Dublin is very hood. Check the crime reports. Everyone I know that lives there can't wait to move. Maybe for one week stop hating on your city and find 1 thing each day that you like. You might find you like it more then you know.
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San Jose, CA

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Jan 28, 2013
 
Every city has good and less desirable areas. The cities mentioned in this post, without exception, have this in common. Most of the cities in the Tri-Valley area have low crime rates compared to other cities of same size in other parts of the country. The ethic race mix is somewhat different however, depending on the city. If that's a consideration I would recommend you check each city web sites for that information. Overall, and based on CA Educational data, Pleasanton has some of the best schools in California. Livermore schools have consistently and gradually improved in all grade levels over the last few years. No sure about other cities. I would suggest you talk to a few Real Estate agents to get a better feel of market and Pro and Cons for each city. They know the regional area best and can be a great source of information. Good luck.
welcome to Cali !

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Jan 28, 2013
 
Bentley wrote:
Every city has good and less desirable areas. The cities mentioned in this post, without exception, have this in common. Most of the cities in the Tri-Valley area have low crime rates compared to other cities of same size in other parts of the country. The ethic race mix is somewhat different however, depending on the city. If that's a consideration I would recommend you check each city web sites for that information. Overall, and based on CA Educational data, Pleasanton has some of the best schools in California. Livermore schools have consistently and gradually improved in all grade levels over the last few years. No sure about other cities. I would suggest you talk to a few Real Estate agents to get a better feel of market and Pro and Cons for each city. They know the regional area best and can be a great source of information. Good luck.
Perfectly said.

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Thank you so much your advice. I look into Pleasanton.
I went to Dublin High and graduated in 1981, I would recommend the Dublin/San Ramon area......good schools and nice neighborhoods......but be prepared to have housing sticker shock!!!

Good Luck!

“T.H.I.N.K. Before you Speak”

Since: Sep 08

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Feb 1, 2013
 
Not that my opinion would matter much, but I live about 2 hours north of San Francisco. I pay 1/3 to half the rent and mortgage I would if I lived in the city. The school I live near came in second for it's sat scores. That was important to me because I wanted my child to have a top notch education.

I am from Oregon, so living in the big city, which I did for 6 months when I first moved to Cali, is not something i found comfortable at all! The driving is a night mare, Sf people do not have the time to stop for you if you are in the cross walk, so run - do not walk! I hope you come with cell phones because finding a pay phone in the city is not an easy task.

For a 3bd, 3b, 2500 sq ft. home where i live, 45 min from Santa Rosa, will run you 175,000 to 200,000. Mine was 195 but got them to accept 165.

So I have to drive two hours to the city, at least I know who my children are hanging with, I know the toys in my front yard will be there in the morning, and I do not need to worry about my car being vandalized over night due to parking on the street.(which there is an enormous amount of people who have to park on the street)

Have you ever been able to open your bathroom window and reach out and touch the house next to you? NO? Well, no worries, in the city, you can share recipes with your neighbor without ever leaving your home.

I love Cali, don't get me wrong. It offers something for everyone. I just had to find an area where I could still having the "community feel" and I found that where I live.

Just my opinion.

Good luck and safe journey!

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