If you want a safe place in a thriving neighbourhood, look no further. My apartment is literally in front of East Village Shopping Centre, so grocery shopping does not get any easier than this!
Going to the city? A five minute walk to the bust stop will take you there, plenty of buses and it's a 15 minute walk.
The area is surrounded with heaps of restaurants: Italian, noddles, HUGE yum-cha, a fabulous pub, Japanese, mexican, burgers, etc.