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« on: July 31, 2007, 10:52:35 AM »

who here lives in or around SF/bay area?
and what can you tell me about rent, cost of life and such.
appart that everything is crazy expansive.
and tramways!
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 11:52:50 AM »

I moved here (nor-bay) about two years ago. We're living in the ghetto, 3-bedroom, 5 people, one story, two bathroom, tiny kitchen, lame living room, and a garage, $1500 mo, paycheck to paycheck existence.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 12:32:02 PM »

ive been looking at craigslist and its INSANE.
if i got a job there, it would easely double my salary...plus it would be US dollars. not that there's that big of a difference right now. but rent would easely triple or even maybe quadruple.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007, 02:23:51 PM »

Nice Chinatown, too, and a monster gaming culture.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007, 02:34:26 PM »

yup.

i was there for GDC and fell in love with it.
now some of my friends have been getting headhunted by studios there.
another guy i know is moving there next week. got a job at lucas.

im seriously contemplating it.

i want out of montreal.
i think.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007, 02:53:44 PM »

come to NYC, we need more game developers here Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007, 02:56:26 PM »

who's in new york?

also, why are all the cities i find interesting and would actually live in always amongst the most expansive to live in?

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2007, 03:38:31 PM »

also, why are all the cities i find interesting and would actually live in always amongst the most expansive to live in?

You answered your own question there, buddy!

I live in the middle of San Fran (near Chinatown) and the rent is pretty high, but you could always live in the East Bay and commute very easily via the BART (30 min each way).  The public transportation is really great here.

No car necessary, so that's good.

Lots of great places to eat out, so that may end up costing you a bit.  But damn is it worth it.

I could totally see you living in the Mission!  That's where all the Mexican restaurants and artsy hipsters live!  My friend lives there and she's got a real small place, but it's cheap, too... like $300/mo?
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2007, 03:42:53 PM »

I know it's stupid for me to say this but I can't imagine wanting to get out of Montreal Sad seemed like somewhere I could spend the rest of my days when I visited. I'd absolutely love to go there and be an indie developer.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2007, 03:47:31 PM »

oh montreal is a wonderful city.
i was born and raised here.

but...i feel like im running out of options here and could use a fresh start elsewhere.

300$ a months is cheaper than what ive got now... and my rent is cheap!
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2007, 04:00:55 PM »

I live about 45 minutes away from SF, over in the suburbs. Finances aside, just about every awesome band makes a stop in, if not San Francisco, Berkeley or San Jose. So on top of the housing bill you'll also have to shell out cash for all of the entertainment possibilities.

A lot of us live within an hour of each other, I'm surprised. In a non serial killer way, of course.
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2007, 05:43:37 PM »

Fish, I'm wondering... Why do you believe you're running out of options? I don't want to intrude your personal life buyt I just arrived in Montreal and I'd like to see the down part too.

Later!
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2007, 06:16:02 PM »

oh, all i meant by that is work wise.
ubisoft is a big no-no.
i dont think i could live with myself if i worked at EA.
Eidos is half a year away from starting to hire my position.
Activision is still all talk.

and well, i do need a job.
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2007, 06:30:34 PM »

And, simply out of curiosity, you're looking for a job as a modeler? A 2d artist? Texture artist? Designer?
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2007, 07:26:52 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2007, 10:38:25 PM »

I live in Emeryville. It's a burb on the east end of the bay bridge. Rent here is almost half that of the city. BART is close and so is Berkeley, when you don't want to cross the bay for a good time.

There are at least four game companies in Emeryville, not including Pixar.




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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2007, 05:43:16 AM »

Three hundred a month for san fran? Holy tar, that's less than I'm paying now for long, non-functional transit rides filled with hobos.
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2007, 09:42:31 AM »

I might as well throw in my pitch for Austin Smiley  we've got amazing weather, junkloads of game companies, an incredible indie music scene, pretty good restaurants, amazing outdoor activities for probably 10 months out of the year, and rent in clean safe parts of the city is very affordable.  not to mention the behemoth that is UT, and a solid, broad tech economy that helps keep the city stable.  One of the greenest cities in the country!  Also the only "blue" city and county in the state of texas, if that matters Smiley  We're home to the finest indie bookstore and indie theater chains in the country, to boot.

I love Austin!

To clarify about the rent thing, my wife and I rented a 1200 sq ft apartment in the green belt (meaning surrounded by trees etc), within 10 minutes of the capitol building, for $650/mo...
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2007, 11:16:29 AM »

Good luck moving to the states!

When you get shot in the leg and can't get medical care, just limp back to Canada and we'll help ya out.
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2007, 12:53:36 PM »

$300's probably an exaggeration... probably closer to what you're paying up there in Canadia.  I know the past few places she's lived have been dirt cheap, though.  And really small.  Not dirty or run down, but small.

Good luck moving to the states!

When you get shot in the leg and can't get medical care, just limp back to Canada and we'll help ya out.

Just decide whether you want to be a Crip or a Blood before you come over.
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