Not in the city. It's across the bay by Lake Merritt (Lakeshore/Grand avenue). My cousin suggested that as a good area. It apparently takes about 25 minutes to get into the city (casual carpool or bus/bart), which is pretty awesome for Chris since he has to commute. We'll be up in the hills.
Half hour isn't a bad commute, especially for California. I did that for years working for BSC/EES.
I'm sure I'll be looking at least that long with my new move. Shame really, I was lucky to get my 10-15 minute one in Alexandria before.