You might be surprised to learn that Livermore has the oldest wineries in California. In fact, the first California wine to win in the French exposition was from the Cresta Blanca winery in 1884. But, there’s more to Livermore than just its wineries and beautiful vineyards. There are great, first class golf courses; and top end restaurants, boutiques and shops that make the historic downtown area a great place to spend the evening. Crime rates are low, and you will be close to major freeways offering commuters easy access to Silicon Valley, Oakland and San Francisco. Its proximity to major interstates also means you can get to some great destinations, like Yosemite, without too much trouble. Importantly, house prices, though rising, are still reasonable, especially for the region. Overall, Livermore is an affordable, pleasant place to live if you want to be in the Bay Area but cannot afford the exorbitant prices.