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Downtown, the new suburbia | Modern Luxury

Downtown, the new suburbia | Modern Luxury

“It was a choice between having a great view of life or actually living it,” says computer scientist Gary Boone, who recently made the decision that more and more Bay Area home buyers are making: to move downtown. He and his wife, Laura Dansbury, had lived in Cupertino and, before that, Atlanta—both places more suburban than urban—and knew that this time around, downtown Burlingame was more their style. “Why be isolated when the Bay Area is littered with beautiful little towns?” Boone asks. “Also, commuting to work is now a nice walk to the train station, or a ride on the Google bus, instead of a white-knuckle traffic-jam drive.” For decades, people ignored Petula Clark’s famous antidote to loneliness and holed up in the hills around San Carlos, San Mateo, Palo Alto, and Oakland, enjoying the views and considering the long, twisting drive to Safeway the price of doing busi...

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