Don't buy a gun without at least looking at it.
DA/SA guns are about as newbie friendly as DAO guns; don't be intimidated. Make sure you are comfortable with it.
Caracal C of F
Glock 17 or 19
Sig P226 certified pre owned (You can find used SIG P226's; Good as new for around $600.00)
S&W M&P line
All are great quality guns that suit different peoples tastes. No one can say for sure X gun is perfect for you; only you can make that choice.