I’d never heard of Bundle before, but Presh Talwalkar has used the service to figure out whether his decision to live in San Francisco rather than Berkeley made financial sense.

I’m not entirely sure why, but it seems as though a young, single male in the city spends considerably more on food and drink than his equivalent here (what, do young, single males not like the Gourmet Ghetto?). Less surprisingly, housing costs in the East Bay are way less than in the city. The other categories, shopping, travel & leisure, getting around, and health & family have less dramatic differences.

“I have to swallow my pride that I was wrong,” writes Talwalkar. And Berkeleyside readers know there are many reasons other than money to live here.

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. I don’t think there is much mystery or anything wrong with Gourmet Ghetto in that regard. Rather:

    Grocery stores in the City tend to be less accessible and more expensive. The City “lifestyle” also tends to encourage more “going out” by young single males (YSM). For example, my unscientific samples suggest that a YSM in the city is more likely to emphasize his favorite choices of burrito shops, while one in Berkeley is more likely to emphasize the most excellent nature of the burritos he makes at home.

    Gourmet Ghetto absolutely rocks for convenience food but, in contrast to the city, you can get a tasty, very high quality, and nutritious lunch there for well south of $10.

    Berkeley blows the doors of the City by almost any measure other than, well, access to the City and the peninsula.