I am here in the Bay area for a couple of weeks of work, and love the work culture here, and also the much more relaxed living. Now I have been offered this great offer to relocate (intra-company) to the Bay area. Great because the work would be more challenging and interesting, even though the salary might remain the same. I live in central Jersey and commute to NY. Here, I might have to live somewhere like Fremont / Dublin and commute to SF downtown. But a quick google tells me that it would take a good deal more money to live here than back east, and that not counting buying a house. The only thing that seems costlier in NJ is the property tax! (I rent now, but have to start thinking of buying a house or something soon. ) A friend here says, 'all that extra is what we pay for the weather'! So, has anybody done this - move from east to west (or vice-versa)? Any opinions?