Originally Posted by Dcat
I almost took a job in Berkeley a few years ago. Loved it there. Job offer was great but not as much of a bump in salary as I would have needed to enjoy the same standard of living as I have here in NJ now. Friggin real estate there was out-of-control. For the same money I could have gotten for selling my 3,200 Sq foot house here (beautiful yard and pool, etc.) at that time, I would have only been able to buy an inferior flea-bitten shack (by NJ standards) with no yard, no space, no basement in the nicer parts of the East Bay (Walnut Creek and vicinity). I just couldn't justify the downgrade in living accommodations even with a raise. And East Bay isn't even the most expensive parts of the greater SF area. But we did love it there. I just don't get how people can adjust to those tiny homes with no yards and basements... even in the affluent areas.
We are seriously considering retirement in Napa in another decade or two.
Same problem in Marin when I lived out there. A garage in Tiburon or Belvedere would cost you $ 1 Million.
Good luck with the Napa plans. I'll cook for a room above the garage.