Good Questions: Where Should I Look for a House in the East Bay?

San Francisco

AT:SF, I currently live in Santa Cruz and am able to work from home. With the housing market in the state that it is in, I am in the position to be able to buy a (cheap) house. So I've decided to make the move up to the Bay Area. I've started looking in the East Bay but am overwhelmed as to where to look...

...Finding a house in my price range ($300,000) that is in an area that I would even vaguely want to live is hard! i know there are pockets all over that I don't know exist.
Could you put it out the AT community to help find a few areas in the East Bay to start looking?

Here's some things that I'm looking for:
• Within reasonable walking or biking distance to a grocery store.
• A neighborhood restaurant or two
• Maybe even a local bar for a easy drink :)
• Relatively safe
• I'm a single woman in her early thirties and don't know a lot of people in the area, so an area where i could meet some friends would be nice :)

Okay, I know I'm asking for the perfect neighborhood, but I'll never know if I don't ask! Thank you!!!!!

-L-Girl

Jump in, everyone!

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