Margarita- Also check out the hill areas of Hayward and Castro Valley. You can find some nice older homes there too. As mentioned, you need to know your price range, and since TRAFFIC is really bad, I'd suggest doing a test run during your commute time to see what works for you. One thing more to keep in mind, the East Bay has several fault zones that they say could be due for major movement. Also there are areas that are located in flood zones. Have your insurance agent run a CLUE report on any prospective homes. Good Luck!