I recently moved to Alameda and I am loving it! It is a very safe family oriented cozy city. I live near Shoreline St beach close to the shopping center. My office is in San Francisco and commute has been ok so far. I think any area South will be very safe. You can find apartments in your price range there.
I only handle sales but I do know it can be frustrating when owners or rental companies do not respond. I sometimes have this problem in my real estate dealings with others. Unfortunately I do not have an answer for people who not considerate of others. I always respond out of consideration. All I can say is that the property is steady rented if they do not return your calls.... more