I've always kind of wanted to live in the SF Bay area. Thing is, I have no first-hand knowledge of it - never been there in person. My big fear is moving to an new area is picking the wrong place to live. I always have this feeling that I'd get a place to live, then after being there a short while I'd kick myself and say "I was stupid - I should have gotten a place *there* instead". I've been looking for a job for about a year now. Let's say, hypothetically, that a particular job allowed me to specify one of three areas to live, and one of those was in the Bay Area.... then what? I know it's very expensive - but obviously the people who live there (and live reasonably well) manage it. Is there anyone here who has made that move? I don't want to do it if it means scraping along at what would be the 'Frisco poverty line, since the hypothetical job's likely salary would put me comfortably off in an east-cost city. No info on whether there would be a salary difference based on location or not. If you don't want to post in the thread, just bump it and send me a private message. Thanks.