Hello and Welcome the East Bay! While I love downtown San Francisco, I think you will find living just outside of the city (45 minutes via BART) can be quite calming. Shops, Movies, Cafes and a slightly more relaxed atmosphere with wonderful hiking trails and beautiful mountains, you will relish the time spent in Dublin/Pleasanton - a little slice of heaven. There are no parking fees here!
I love Wholefoods in San Ramon (15 minutes away); the Farmer's Market on Saturdays is alive with wonderful organic foods and quite reasonable. Barnes and Noble is within walking distance also.
Easy does it is my motto. I think you get to a place in life where you pushed and pushed and realize that you are not moving the needle as fast. I like to take it all in and deeply breathe in every minute I have on this planet. I hope we can share traveling stories and favorite places!