Condo or apartment complex for active, single senior?

Hi BPN, hope you can help me brainstorm places to live my close family friend could check out.  She lived in the Berkeley area for many years, currently lives in the PNW, and is considering a move back now that it looks like the next generation is settled here.  She is 70, single, active and community-minded (loves bringing people together).  She enjoys spending time with young people so is hesitant to live in a seniors-only place like Rossmoor, but also realizes there are many pros to that too (like the social groups she could join (or start), easier to make friends, etc).  She is ideally looking for an affordable two-bedroom condo but open to renting as well.  Ideal location would be relatively close to Oakland and BART w/ the option to have a car.  I remember reading here (I think) about a certain complex/development in Alameda but I can't for the life of me find it now, and I am not familiar with Alameda myself although it seems great!  I also thought of Marina Bay in Richmond but it doesn't seem very public-transit friendly so I worry that it wouldn't be comfortable to leave there when she is older and driving is harder (but correct me if I am wrong!).  Any and all ideas / info would be much appreciated.  Thank you!

Or if there are other places like Rossmoor that you recommend, we'd would be interested in hearing about that too.  

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I would look into Baywood Court in Castro Valley and see if it’s a fit. I don’t have any direct experience with the independent living, but my mom has been in the health center there and we’ve been very happy with that. The independent living apartments look lovely!

What about Watergate in Emeryville? Few years ago I checked few condos there and was surprised to see that they had different clubs,gyms, pools and organizations and also have the public bus that takes you to Bart, etc. Nice walks around and so close to everything...