Hello! I am likely going to be taking a position at a company in the Mountain View, CA area in the very near future. It seems like a good idea to start looking for a place to live. I realize that property is pretty expensive in the immediate area, but I am looking to find a decent balance between commute distance and apartment cost. Super-cheap but very far is not desirable, and the highest-cost options are probably also unrealistic.
I've done some cursory research of my own and come up shy of what I'd consider to be reliable information, so I'm asking around to see if anyone with more direct experience could give me some pointers. Where to look, rental rates, crime, and accessibility (public transportation, bike lanes, traffic etc.) would all be factors of interest.
Any information at all would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!