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wow! haven't logged in here in a while, just read all these tips!
I've heard that Oakland is kinda dangerous, like gang fights and stuff... but I get it now that its more like west oakland..
I should take a look there!
thank's for all the tips guys! keep 'em coming!
Go to the Tenderloin district for great steaks.
Living in Oakland is cheaper and there's better culture and nightlife in my opinion, and the commute via BART is not bad. You can put your bike on the train as long as it's not packed with ppl. Oakland is not as good for biking as SF, though.
If you don't live in Oakland, the Mission district is the "coolest" and it's pretty cool. Has good food, but it's a hotbed for overpaid, 20-something tech kids.
If you want someplace in SF great for biking, find a place near Golden Gate Park. There are lots of bike trails within the park, which are great, and there are many trails leading TO the park from various places in the city, so it could be a good spot to bike from. Plus the neighborhoods near there (Richmond District, Sunset District) are cheaper than other, more central neighborhoods in SF.
The first thing you'll learn about biking in SF is to bike "the wiggle," so you're not going up and over all the big hills.
- What area(s) of Oakland would you recommend? I'm considering heading back west in about a year.duckseason
- Sarah gives sound advice. For Oakland areas I would recommend something around Lake Merritt.atomholc
- i second lake merritt.lvl_13
- Oakland sucks, but it is way cheapermoldero
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You're moving in another country in less than 2 weeks and still have no idea where you're going to live? YOLO
What are the best online resources to find a place to rent?
Re: the notes above,
Lake Merritt is probably the prettiest part of Oakland, with lots of good restaurants, pretty houses and Lake Merritt, which has a great biking/jogging trail that's about 3.5 miles around it. If you're near the Lake Merritt BART then you've got the best of both worlds, although I think some of the coolest stuff is on the North side of the Lake, where the BART stop is on the south side.
Piedmont has a similar vibe, with a nice bakery, sushi restaurants and other, nicer places, but not too upscale or snooty. Very "neighborhood-y." Farther from BART, however, so a longer commute to the city.
Jack London Square is an easy place to live, because it's close to downtown Oakland, not a ton of traffic, near the highway and has some new restaurants and venues in it. Yoshi's is a landmark jazz establishment located here with good, expensive sushi. It hasn't been the expensive place to live, historically, but a lot of gentrification has happened and now it's getting pricier. The places that are going in are more generic, upscale kind of craft beer and oysters type of places. A little devoid of authentic culture, in my opinion, but a little cheaper than downtown.
Downtown/Uptown Oakland is really fun. Lots of bars and music venues on Telegraph ave, and there's a whole bunch of new housing (gentrification) that has gone in recently. There are two BART stops, one at 12th and one at 19th. Housing here is as expensive as it gets in Oakland, which is to say, about the *average* price of housing in neighborhoods in SF.
If you're a pioneer and want to lead the newest horizon in gentrification, there's West Oakland. It's the most desirable of the least desirable places in Oakland to live, with low rent, high crime, no grocery stores, (almost) no restaurants and no bars. It's also the closest BART stop to San Francisco, with only a 7 minute trip under the bay to arrive at Embarcadero, downtown SF.
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good luck. sucks out here right now.
Don't do it. Trust me.