I told my sister that you, the top #2 Trulia Realtor has brother living in Fremont, so that can't be wrong... buying at Fremont ... and she just got this wonderful house ... http://www.realtor.com/search/listingdetail.aspx?ctid=75516&
I have been busy flying back and forth trying to buy a condo can walk to Berkeley campus http://berkeleyhousing.blogspot.com/
so not able to get online much.
She used the same realtor of my other sister who is living at Mission View Estate so that housing search can be effective. e.g. the realtor can respond the requirement like "...ok, I need a house just like my sister, closeby, with great view, ...etc". Then we saw 5 houses that weekend, and my mom and my sister fell in love with this wonderful house, and made an offer late 11pm at my other sister's home.
I would have to say the realtor was driven crazy as she also got many other buyer clients to serve and ran back and forth. Her Mercedez Benz is comfortable as my mom used to the car.
I told my sister this story of $200,000, and she said it would be great either way, but at the time her house close, that's NEW MARKET PRICE set up, and her house would be the latest comparable to all appraisers in town. No matter what, she has to buy this house because my mom loves it.
In Chinese society, one would buy a nice house for the mom, not trying to cut hear and there, besides Mother's Day is coming, and my mom is getting old. My sister said, she would try her best to please my mom and to make her wish come true, and she missed my other sister at Mission View Estate a lot and her kids, so buying a house she likes to live closeby is her dream. Besides, my other sister fly to Los Angeles every month to visit my mom for so many years, and it would be much better to live closeby.
So, if you are Chinese, my sister's advise is "DON'T send your mom to senior housing", instead, buying a nice home that she likes for her and hire a housekeeper to take care the house for her that close to you.