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Re: Moving 2-3hrs outside the Bay Area
Crockett! On the water (Carquinez Straits), cute houses reasonably priced, awesome pool and community center, lots of artists in residence. And about an hour from Berkeley. Crockett is a gem! former Crocketteer
Re: Cheaper but "safe enough" neighborhoods
How about Crockett? It's safe - my 7 year old walks around by herself, and you never hear gunshots! There's a great feeling of community, with lots of community events and meetings. It's a small town where it's easy to get to know people and become part of the community.
Advantages: small, friendly, surrounded by parks (so easy access to hiking and biking), and quite affordable. There is a NICE house down the block, 3 bedroom/2 baths, for $399,000. Oh, many houses have fabulous views, too. The area is pretty staunchly Democratic, too, being an old mill town. Lots of funky, interesting things like the Sunday jazz performances at the local deli, the tiny little weekend farmer's market, and the very nice community pool.
Disadvantages: Lack of public transportation. The nearest big grocery store, as well as the elementary school, are in the next town over, so I end up driving more than I would like. Not many restaurants out here, and not a lot of variety. The nearest truly great pizza is Berkeley (lots on mediocre pizza out here, but it's a long way to Lanesplitter).
Finally, to live out here, you have to have a tolerance for oddity. The houses all have quirks, as do many of the residents. But if you like quirkiness, you might love Crockett. Happy transplant from San Francisco
We consider moving to Crockett. Does anyone of you live there or knows somebody who lives there? I would like to know something about the community in Crockett and the commute from there to Berkeley. Is the commute really bad? Unfortunately I have to drive at the rush-hours. I have to be at the Gilman exit at 8:45a.m. and would go back either at 4:00p.m. or at 5:45p.m., which probably doesn't make a difference. Thanks for any response. Christiane
Crockett in general is a really nice place to live. It truly is a small town, and all the businesses are small, locally-owned. There is an active playgroup, a small but nice library, a park with a good playground, and a pool that is open in the summers. The people are nice, and the views are amazing. You are very welcome to contact me with any questions, concerns, etc, or if you just want to meet someone in town! Emma
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