Santa Clara Inn

2188 The Alameda, San Jose, California, 95126, United States
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Best place to live in Bay area

by Gueyome

Simple question: What are the best spots to live in Bay area? San Jose? Sunnyvale? Mountain View? Palo Alto? Stanford? Santa Clara?

I'm a 22 years old student and I'm looking for a spot where's there is a lot of activities: restaurants, nightclubs, parks for inline skating, etc.

Thanks to reply...

Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by zanzooni

Check out "topoftheworl" 's homepage-he is from sanfran...then if you have any more questions, email him as he has alot of input and answers to your questions....

Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by gandjoan

I live in Palo Alto and think it's a great place to live. Here are your trade-offs:

Palo Alto: Most expensive place you've listed. Great restaurants, access to open space and proximity to Stanford. The most "city-like" of the peninsula suburbs.

Stanford: You can only live there if you have a University affiliation. Right next to Palo Alto, but less expensive. There's a Wednesday-night in-line skating "movement".

Mountain View: Mid-range cost. Good downtown with ethnic restaurants.

Sunnyvale, Santa Clara: Less expensive. More suburban sprawl.

San Jose: Very spread out city. You'd need to be aware of the neighborhood before committing. Lots of restaurants & more nightclubs, but you may not end up anywhere close to them.

Good luck!


Re: Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by Beff

If I was 22 again, I'd live in the City - there are many cool areas and always tons to do.... you have the rest of your life for the suburbs!

Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by italiansummer

I totally agree with Beff, I would live in San Francisco, such a magical city (instead back in cold grey London).
If you do not want to stay in the city itself, check out Santa Cruz, really cool place (in my opinion, best place after San Fran for a young person).
Good luck.

Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by meteorologist1

I would recommend all those places you've listed. You'll be right in the middle of Silicon Valley. There are lots of high-tech companies in those cities. If you like Chinese restaurants, there's definitely a lot of those there. There's a town called Milpitas next to San Jose that has great Chinese restaurants and shopping opportunities (specifically, at the intersection of I-880 and Highway 237). I'm sure San Jose has good restaurants too.

Re: Best place to live in Bay area

by melo58

san jose is best to live if u want to raise a family, probably in almaden valley.oterwise live in san fran or santa cruz, both have what u want. both are a little colder than san jose or palo alto though.

Travel Tips for San Jose


by cwest03

It is customary to tip in restaurants here in the states which is sometimes awkward for visitors from other countries. In any restaurant where you sit down and are severed by a waiter or waitress it's almost expected that you leave at least 15% behind for the tip. If service is really good some people will even leave 20%. It's your call. If you are ina big party the tip will sometimes be included so you should always check.

Mt Lick

by pmarshuk

Up in the hills behind San Jose is the Mount Lick observatory. If this kind of thing interests you than its well worth as visit as you get inside the domes to see the telescopes.
It also has a centre for siesmic studies and this show just how frequent very small earthquakes are around the Bay area - at least one a day in the time period we saw.

San Jose Flea Market

by rmiya84778

San Jose Flea Market
1590 Berryessa Rd. San Jose, CA. 95133
1(408) 453-1110, 1(800) 244-3533

Located right off Highway 101, take the 13th Street Oakland Road exit and follow signs to location off Berryesa road. For driveing directions visit there homepage at

San Jose Flea Market opened in 1960, and just celebrated their 40 year anniversary.

The Flea Market is aproximately 8 miles of colorful alleys and treasure-laden corridors. Shop from over 2000 sellers/private vendors on busy days. You'll find an enormous variety of
collectibles,.bargains and more.

You'll also see a huge selection of fashion clothing, walking shoes, fine furniture, and tools-from bonsai pruning shears to power miters.

Enjoy freshly prepared International and California foods from 25 restaurants and dozens of snack carts. Savor the sizzling smoked goodness of our outdoor barbecues. You will be surrounded by music from all countries and in all styles...from authentic mariachis to acappella oldies. Younger visitors will enjoy an old fashioned carrousel and 2 new play grounds, investigate the toy stores and conquer the cool depths of the arcade.

Discover spice shops, fish markets and delicatessens dotted throughout California's Largest farmers' market, 'Produce Row.' It's a quarter-mile long, shaded marketplace packed with produce from around the world, as well as fruits and vegetables fresh from California farms.

Open five days of the week, weekends (Sat/Sun) are the busiest days. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Wednesday are best for excellent midweek bargains. Thursday and Friday for the calmer pace of a neighborhood swap meet.

Driving to San Jose

by Ewingjr98

San Jose is the second largest city in California and is connected to the rest of the state via numerous major highways. The cities to the north and the south are well-connected to San Jose, but if you want to go east or west, plan on a long, slow journey.

From the south such as Monterey and Santa Cruz, we usually use Highway 101 or Route 17 over the mountains. The drive from Monterey is about an hour and from Santa Cruz maybe 30 minutes to downtown.

Highway 101 and Interstate 280 connect San Jose to its northwestern neighbor of San Francisco. The drive up the west side of the bay takes about an hour to cover the 48 miles city-to-city.

Oakland and other East Bay cities like Fremont and Hayward can be reached via Highways 880 and 680. The drive to Oakland is 41 miles and also about an hour.

Access to the east and west from San Jose are much more limited. To get to the beaches due west of the city, such as Ano Nuevo, there are no major roads and only a few small, secondary routes available. The towns due wast of San Jose like Turlock and Modesto are even more difficult to reach from the city, forcing you to drive either 30 miles north to I-580 or about 40 miles south to Route 152. The 70 mile stretch between I-580 and Rt 152 is amazingly absent roads of any kind.

A Piece of Thailand in SJ

by cwest03 about Thepthai

Thepthai is one of my favorite Thai restaurant's in San Jose. The space is quite large and I have never seen it full to capacity. It is decorated almost like an outdoor area with wood overhangs over much of the dining area which makes for a very pleasant atmosphere. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful and the food is of good quality.

Thepthai is open for lunch and dinner with a buffet option for lunch. You will find pleanty of parking on Market street but if you don't they validate parking for the neighboring garage. My favorite thing here is the Tom Yam Gai (lemon grass chicken soup). In fact that is one of my favorite Thai dishes and a big part of how I measure a Thai restaurant. The Tom Yam Gai at Thepthai is outstanding. It full quality chicken, button mushrooms, tomatoes, lemon grass, galanga with just a hint of fish sauce and is available at your specified spice level.

Moving from the soup some of my other favorite dishes are the various curries and rice dishes. Another way that I measure a Thai restaurant is by the quality of their Pad Thai. Thepthai again does not disappoint here. The noodles are not clumped together, the shrimp is big and juicy, the bean sprouts are fresh and they add the right amount of egg, tofu, green onion, peanuts and sauce. The pork can be substituted for chicken if you don't eat the other white meat.

With your meal don't forget to add a Thai iced tea or coffee. Thepthai also has a full service bar.


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Address: 2188 The Alameda, San Jose, California, 95126, United States