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Message Board > Regional Communities > Please tell me about San Rafael, CA ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Please tell me about San Rafael, CA
We might be moving there!
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Date: 5/17/06 11:17 AM

There is a strong possibility that we might be relocating from the UK to San Rafael, CA. My husband has a job offer and it looks as if it is a real career opportunity.

Can anyone tell me about the place? We've got two children - 12 1/2 and 7 1/2. Can anyone recommend any good schools? Where should we live? What is the weather like? Is it a safe place? Any info, tips and suggestions would be most welcome.........

Kremmer

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Date: 5/17/06 11:52 AM

Kremmer, if you go there. Lucky!

I've been gone from the area for a few years, so I don't know how San Rafael has changed. I know that the "canal' is the prostitution and drug area. But honestly, after moving around the US a lot in the last few years, the worst of Marin is better than the best of a lot. The San Fransisco people can tell you more.

Marin is a very affluent area, and very beautiful. I loved Marinites, for their liberality and I know that other people say that Marin is pretentious. So that's all subjective.

And if nothing else, proximity to the Pacific Ocean is wonderful priviledge.

When I lived in Marin, it was in Fairfax, not San Rafael. But the towns are a bit like townships, in that they all are very close to each other.

Mucho amenities, restaurants, movies, entertainment.

I'm excited for you.

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Date: 5/17/06 12:20 PM

San Rafael is beautiful. I don't know much more about it than that, except isn't that excellent silk/fabric dye supplier located there? San Rafael is in Marin County, and the property values are VERY high there. I have no idea how things compare to the UK, but it's one of the most expensive places in the US to live.

Google Search on San Rafael

San Rafael Real Estate Google Search

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Date: 5/17/06 1:37 PM

I think that the weather in Marin/ Sonoma countries' European counterpart is Central Italy.

It's very nice. Spring is long and glorious, summer is hot and dry and, and winter rains a lot. It's good for growing wine grapes.

I forgot to mention that. It's important!

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Date: 5/17/06 5:11 PM

I interviewed for a job there several years ago and the woman interviewing me kept telling me how wonderful the weather was, how laid back and liberal the people were, how athletic and active and decadent the lifestyle could be. I think she thought is was no place for a midwesterner to move to without plenty of forewarning-- even one from the big city. (I didn't take the job because of the salary--not nearly enough- and I was desperate to get away from midwestern winters at the time.)

Another midwestern friend of mine moved there and loved the weather, location, restaurants, entertainment and outdoor activity options, etc. but she DID feel like a lot of the people she knew there could have done with a bit more midwestern-style stoicism. She always complained that having a simple dinner party could quickly become a nightmare of balancing her guests complicated dietary requirements...food allergies, food sensitivities, special diets, long lists of foods that people wouldn't or couldn't or felt like she shouldn't eat, etc. She found what she considered to be extreme and pervasive self-absorbtion tiring after awhile.

It is shockingly expensive but, then, so is London. It is close to San Francisco/Berkely, etc. but also close to desserts, mountains, the wine country, fruit orchards, etc. It's a great place to live if you have plenty of money. If you love good food it's a great area--a lot of America's best chefs of the last 25 or so years have come out of that area because of the abundance of fabulous wines, fruits, fish, vegetables, etc.

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Date: 5/17/06 11:22 PM

I had a friend's husband considering a job in SF (they were not from CA), and she did not understand that even if their salary (both of theirs) doubled, they would still be living at a lower standard of living than they did at the time. She thought they could live in a "suburb", where it would be cheaper. Mostly the No Cal towns run into each other, and it's ALL pricy. That said, there's a reason it is. It's gorgeous and beautiful, and close to everything--mountains, beach, desert, sports, culture, etc.

I had a friend visit from England once, and she wanted to know why there weren't any "old" buildings there. It seemed to disconcert her. Also, she wondered weren't there any "small" roads...

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Date: 5/18/06 5:16 PM

Did you tell her that all the old building fell down in earthquakes? Or they burned down; the greatest natural hazard of living in California is fire.

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Date: 5/19/06 6:33 AM

Thank you so much for your replies. It is interesting to hear your views of San Rafael. Must say that I'm a bit concerned about how expensive houses seem to be. Have looked at a few websites and the houses are almost as expensive as here in Reading (UK). We will rent to begin with until we know how long we will be staying.

Kremmer

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Date: 5/19/06 9:19 PM

Her definition of old meant beforethe goldrush...

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Date: 5/19/06 9:28 PM

Does she know anything about US history? People who lived in CA that long ago didn't build the kind of structures she's used to. European settlements that far back were mainly Spanish missions and it was the gold rush that really started the Europeans and their descendents moving to the region. The climate allows for much less substantial buildings than those in the UK or the rest of Europe, or even the colder parts of the US, so old wooden houses from the period are long gone.

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