Me and my flatmate live in a lovely, well located apartment in Prenzlauer Berg right next to a huge vivid parc "Volkspark Friedrichhain" & close to the neighbourhood "Bötzowviertel" with plenty of cafes, restaurants and little shops. Alexanderplatz is 10 minutes away by bus. The connections are great, by tram or bus you can reach Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte in no time. A Supermarket is in front of the door.
After living here for 11 years I can give you plenty of tips about Berlin.