I posted this question on the Oakland forum as well but the San Francisco forum seems a bit busier and since my question concerns SF as well I decided to post it here also.
I've been around these forums in the Tampa and L.A. sections before but now we've actually bought the flights so our destination is set! We are traveling to the San Francisco area this January on the 19th (Yeah, I know the weather might not be at it's best but with we're not too worried about that on this trip).
We've been looking for a vacation rental in the area and I also noticed the TQ's section on vacation rentals in the SF area which seems to explain the smaller range of available rentals and higher prices that elsewhere.
A small introduction on us. A family of four with approx. a 2,5 year old boy and an 8,5month old girl during our trip. A two trek trip where we'd like to do some sight seeing and activities ranging from aquariums to interesting science or children's museums. Since I'm a big fan of ice hockey we will most probably spend a little time in the San Jose area or maybe even take a road trip and spend a week in the L.A. region.
And now finally top the topic of my post. It seems that Oakland offers cheaper rentals and better looking apartments. I've read about the city's struggles with crime though and that's making me a little hesitant on choosing Oakland as our place of residence. Could you give me any pointers on choosing a nice and safe area for us? Should we just cough up the extra money and get the rental from San Francisco or some of the surrounding areas or am I just worried over nothing?
I'll post some rentals here to get your opinions on location etc. if thats ok? I'm still a little unsure on the exact budget we will have on the rental so these options are still a little hypothetical but at least they might give me an idea on which neighborhoods would be good choices and which aren't.
Thank you already in advance!
I'll start with this rental: