I Hella Love the Bay. I have never dreamed of living anywhere else in the world. Travel sure, but live? No. There is more culture, more life to experience here than anywhere else I know of.
I’m often in a position of trying to explain and describe various Bay Area neighborhoods to my clients. Personally I’ve lived in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Livermore, Castro Valley, Hayward, and Union City. I’ve worked in almost every city and across 9 counties. Berkeley is political correctness, non-chain restaurants, education, homelessness, creative spirits that believe we can change the world. Oakland is heart and soul. Castro Valley is suburban life within reach of urban life. Livermore is pure suburbia with trendy shopping. Hayward is a big junction of freeway and culture. Alameda is an island rich with history and great food and crafts. Union City is hard working families, a close community, a youth oriented, softball and sports loving town. Every part of the Bay is full of so much interesting history. Exploring each part is an awesome journey.
Essentially everyone is looking for the “best” neighborhood they can afford. But the definition of “best” changes with each us. What matters most to you? Culture or Diversity? Convenience or Quiet? Safety and Security?
One thing you can’t change about a home is it’s location. Just about everything else can be changed. I always tell clients moving into a new neighborhood that the best possible security system is to know your neighbors, share your food with them, get to know their lives a bit.. Not just “neighborhood watch” them.
It cannot be underestimated how good it feels to be greeted and acknowledged by your neighbors. Then, just take advantage of what an awesome place we live in.