Over the weekend I asked for people’s thoughts about living in the Bay Area. This comment right here is proof why real estate prices have no choice but to double in the next decade. Check it out:
How long have you lived in the Bay Area? [Burbed.com]
March 17th, 2008 at 11:46 am
I friggin’ love the Bay Area. Lets see, compared to the places i’ve been in..
London, UK: Hot in the summers, Rainy in the winters, nice city, but horribly expensive (unless you’re the MAN). People seemed blunt yet nice though.
Manhattan, NY (the mexico of Londoners): Hot in the summers, Rainy/Snowy in the winters, nice city, but pretty expensive (not as much as London I guess) and even if you’re mediocre wealthy you feel really poor here. Seems pretty diverse.
Florida: I dunno, it was friggin’ storming/hurricane/gail winds. Not desirable at the time.. But had some good Cuban sandwiches.
Philippines: HOT, HOT, HOT, and you can get robbed at knife point or jacked at almost every corner in the city at all hours of the day.
Thailand: In the cities: HOT as hell, smoggy as hell, and this was during the cool season. Food even at sit-down restaurants lacked cleanliness, found lots of bugs in my food (though cheap) alot of nose-picking/flipping in public places.
Taiwan: F*cking dirty, Smoggy, sometimes people smell bad. Somewhat Violent now in the cities.
Boston, MA: Being Asian I never felt racism in restaurants until I went to Italian Restaurants in this town. I guess Asians need to know their place in Boston. *NOT DESIRABLE*
Hawaii: Beautiful place, but not alot of jobs, pretty diverse (leaning toward lots of asians).
Texas: Dry and hot as hell. Good BBQ I suppose. They really love football down there, but i’m not a big football fan so…..
Indiana: Corn fields as far as the eye can see. Weather felt strangely like Thailand = bad.
Las Vegas, NV: Everytime i’ve been there its been hot as crap, and its just a desert town with a juicy dice rolling center. Weather sucks.
Reno, NV: Its like Vegas, but poor trailer park trashy.
Eugene, OR: The weather was nice, the coffee was good, the Pad Thai?? was good.. The weather was great (I was there during the summer) I guess this one was as close as the Bay Area it can get.. but I had the feeling there weren’t too many jobs, and didn’t feel it was very diverse.
Winnipeg, Manitoba: So cold you have to jump from one building to the next to stay warm, and when you wake up in the mornings the static literally lights up your bed like an amusement park at night.. creepy. The people are uber-friendly though.
Phoenix, AZ: F*cking HOT, nice city though.
Tahiti: I don’t speak french, the place is uber-expensive, and tahitians are somewhat xenophobic. They have some damn fine beach front property however, if you’re ready to drop $2MM for a sliver of land.
Anyhow compared to these places, the BA is still the perfect balance of quality weather, diversity, and employment. I’m not sure if its worth living anywhere else at this point.