My Move Back to San Francisco
After living in Silicon Valley for nearly three months, I moved back to San Francisco last month for several reasons:
The City of SF is buzzing like a beehive right now with a variety of startups, major events and cultural life. By contrast, downtown San Jose is rather quiet and sleepy, with few people and startups. San Jose has a nicely redesigned downtown, but it forgot to lure back people, the main point of cities.
San Francisco has beautiful nature, scenery and a variety of architecture, plus it’s perfect for walking and hiking. The City consists of micro-climates and neighborhoods that change dramatically within a few blocks. By contrast, San Jose is the ultimate suburb of commuters; it’s hard to find pedestrians and cyclists outside of downtown.
San Jose is great if you’re married and commute to a job, but the city is split between a Latino Eastside and a white/Asian West Valley. San Francisco is better if you’re single and like startups, nature, ethnic diversity and cultural activities.
In addition, my Park Merced apartment is rent-controlled so it’s the most affordable decent housing in the Bay Area, where housing rents and prices are rising fast.
In short, they’re very, very different lifestyles and environments! Perhaps I would settle in San Jose if I were married, but until then the City is where I left my heart. I’ll visit the valley often since I’m co-launching TruNorthGlobal.com with valley partners, riding the SF-San Jose express on Caltrain.