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It's been a while since I have made a post here and forgive me but I did a search and didn't find answers to my questions.

I just got off the phone with my sales manager and I was asked if I wanted to move to Norcal from Michigan so I have a few questions I need help with.

In need to live within 2 hours of the bay area. I will have a home office but need to be in the Bay area 2-3 days a week (can stay over night).
Things I need to know;

1: Good place to live I'm mid 30's married w/two dogs (no kids yet or planned).
2: Wife dosen't want to live in the city.
3. Cost of living?
4: Not much of a night owl, niether of us drink or party to much.
5: Place needs to be close to some good single track.
6: I run trails as much as I ride.
7: I snowboard.

I'm sure I will have more questions but this is off the top of my head.

Thanks in advance
 

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hey hows it goin? my wife and i are in the process of buying another house and the one were in we will rent out. its in downtown santa rosa an hour north of sf and a fifteen minute ride to annadel, a 5000+ acre park with over 40 miles of trails if your interested pm me and we can talk in more detail about the house (3 bed 1bath fenced back yard)three hours to the slopes
 

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Stockton? I don't think so

Ghostrider said:
In need to live within 2 hours of the bay area. I will have a home office but need to be in the Bay area 2-3 days a week (can stay over night).
Things I need to know;

1: Good place to live I'm mid 30's married w/two dogs (no kids yet or planned).
2: Wife dosen't want to live in the city.
3. Cost of living?
4: Not much of a night owl, niether of us drink or party to much.
5: Place needs to be close to some good single track.
6: I run trails as much as I ride.
7: I snowboard.
You can't meet all of these criteria in one place. Stockton as George suggested is not very close to any trails (35 minutes doesn't count). Sacramento is probably a good place to start looking. The American River bike trail has running and cycling opportunities and Auburn and Folsom are close enough for MTBing. Ski resorts about 90 minutes east along with Tahoe and tons of summer MTB destinations off of 50 and 80. Cost of living isn't as cheap as Stockton but it's much more affordable than the Bay area. Sacto also has plenty of rural areas where you can live in.

A sleepier option would be Davis but it's not as close to Tahoe or the Sierra MTB trails.

Other than that you can look north towards Sonoma/ Santa Rosa or south to the Santa Cruz area. I think Cost of living is much higher in those areas than Sacto and any rural areas will be very expensive. The advantage of the Coastal cities is much milder weather and both Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa have MTBing close in.
 

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Hmm, for starters, Sacramento might not be bad, though no singletrack close by (, that I'm aware of--but you are close to Tahoe). Santa Rosa area is great with some good ST at Annandel. Cost of living not too bad in either area, and good quality of life. I lived in SR for a while and liked it. A lot. Cotati is close by, great little sleepy town, would be a good choice as well.

Marin? not much in the way of ST, pricey, higher cost of living (prop taxes are craaazy) but great access to trails for running, and there are some sweet trails for MTB--just not tons of ST. Great quality of life overall.

Davis? I wouldn't. College town, Nothing to do there, homes are a bit more expensive compared to surrounding area, and you have to deal with college kids. Not much local riding other than bike paths. I know, I went to school there.

East bay: Crowded, lots of traffic, but towns like Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Clayton have great quality of life/amenities and there is decent riding in the hills.
 

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Ghostrider said:
..I just got off the phone with my sales manager and I was asked if I wanted to move to Norcal from Michigan
Are you going to be using the Airport a lot in your new sales job or is this going to be a driving territory.

The reason I ask is because that makes a big decision too.

That being said, consider the East Bay Area for single-track riding and running. On the other hand, it's that much further away from Snowboarding. And getting to airport can be a pain in the a$$.

So, consider the Auburn are for single-track riding and running, plus snowboarding is less than an hour away. But then the airport is out of Sacramento, about 45 -50 minutes away. Another p-i-t-a.

Let me know if you need any help.

jps
 

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Keep em coming… Thanks for the reply’s so far, it looks like a lot of options to way out.


Ridindog this move wont be for a least 2-3 months so your house probably won’t work out.
 

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imjps said:
Are you going to be using the Airport a lot in your new sales job or is this going to be a driving territory.

The reason I ask is because that makes a big decision too.

That being said, consider the East Bay Area for single-track riding and running. On the other hand, it's that much further away from Snowboarding. And getting to airport can be a pain in the a$$.

So, consider the Auburn are for single-track riding and running, plus snowboarding is less than an hour away. But then the airport is out of Sacramento, about 45 -50 minutes away. Another p-i-t-a.

Let me know if you need any help.

jps
Thanks man, flying only a few time per yr. I would be calling on companies mainly in the Bay area.
 

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Santa Rosa or one of the other cities/towns in Sonoma.

The commute can be hellish but you would only be doing it a few times a week. But there is many trails and outdoor activities up there, find the right place be killer too.

Know a few people on the board live up there so let them speak up. What about the South Bay or Penninsula? Hillsborough, Los Altos Hills ;)
 

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It might be helpful to get more info, such as:
Within 2 hours of which part of the Bay Area? It's a big area, and is stretched to cover more and more all the time. Does this within 2 hours mean at peak commute times, or without traffic?
What is your budget? You looking to buy or rent? Cost of living is high, but people could probably give you more useful info if they knew more about what you want/can handle.
 

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Renting or Buying? South Bay baby!!!!!

I live in South San Jose, nice neighborhood, very close to Santa Teresa and a quick drive to Henry Coe or Saratoga Gap and a slightly longer drive to Demo, Wilder and ECdM. I rent a 3br/2ba with a yard and garage and less than 1/4 mile from my two daughters' school. Or rent is only $1600. With a little work you could probably find a 2/1 or 2/2 house for $1200 to $1500. PM me with more details/requirements if you want me to send you some prospects.

Man I am bored at work! :rolleyes:
 

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winters, ca.

houses cant possibly be that much out there, and theres some aight fire roads on the northside of berryessa on blm land.
 

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winters, ca.

houses cant possibly be that much out there, and theres some aight fire roads on the northside of berryessa on blm land.
Sorry, Winters has closed. Come back later. No admittance after now.;)

I'll keep the jewel to myself, thank you.

Ghostrider, PM if you'd like details.
 

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If you can deal with the drive, I'd say Auburn is your best bet. If I could get my wife interested, and I could deal with the commute I would have (all surface streets through some heavy traffic areas in outlying areas away from the freeway), I'd move up there (went to highschool there). My father has commuted from Auburn to the Bay (just outside of SF) weekly for 14 years now. He only comes home on the weekends but it's worth it.

With Auburn you are:
  • 45 minutes from incredible skiing, Lake Tahoe, etc.
  • 10 minutes (depending on where you live in the city) from excellent riding, lots of single track, fireroads, double track (fatrac!), yearly races, etc, etc. There's also a lot of road biking events up in Auburn if you were so inclined.
  • Pretty much right at 2 hours from San Francisco (assuming non peak traffic times).

No real nightlife in Auburn but there are quite a few nice restaurants in that town, a nice sense of community, and some really great small towns with excellent local eats, art and yearly events are very close by (Grass Valley and Nevada City 30 minutes East).

If you wanted a bit more nightlife, or to be a bit closer to SF or a city with a bit more infrastructure than what Auburn has to offer, you might consider Rocklin, Roseville or the Natomas area (Natomas is basically North Sacramento). With any of those three areas, you're close to great malls, within 40 minutes to Auburn, close enough to downtown Sacramento and to Arco Arena for theatre, concerts and sporting events and well within 2 hours of the bay. Interstate 80 runs right through each of those places. One major benefit, if you care, to the Natomas area is that it's right on 80 and hwy 50 (and i-5 incidentally) so you can get to either south lake tahoe or north lake tahoe in about the same amount of time (south lake side is where the bigger casinos are and the "major" shows for those venues) depending on which route you take.
 

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I made a similar post yesterday, I have a slightly different criteria, but the places suggested to me were pretty much the same as you. I think I'll be moving to "midtown" or downtown sacramento in august!

Also, imjps, how is it hard to get to the airport from the east bay?? Bart takes you straight to SFO and parking at oak isn't too bad at all.

Here is the other thread- http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=265467
 

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Oh boy, do you like 100 degrees and above?

Ghostrider said:
1: Good place to live I'm mid 30's married w/two dogs (no kids yet or planned).
2: Wife dosen't want to live in the city.
3. Cost of living?
4: Not much of a night owl, niether of us drink or party to much.
5: Place needs to be close to some good single track.
6: I run trails as much as I ride.
7: I snowboard.
Uh, you didn't include #8.....Temperature.
Personally I don't like to "cook" from May through September.
Many of the places suggested are 95 to 110 degrees for about 100 days during the summer.
While the humidity may not be as high as Michigan, its still HOT....
Perhaps closer to the coast, north of San Francisco would be cooler.. Not Marin County unless you have lots of money for a house.
 
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