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Downtown San Leandro Has Plenty to See, Taste, and Do

San Leandro is often overlooked, but it has a lively downtown.
September 13, 2016

A Mansion with Great Views and an Edible Garden

Designed as the home of spice magnate William G. Volkmann, the first estate built on Muir Avenue balances formal space and casual living in the Crocker Terrace neighborhood of Piedmont.
September 01, 2016

Inches Matter Where Furniture Is Concerned

Why does the furniture that worked so well in your old place suddenly seem so wrong in your new place? It’s probably not the style or the color, but it could be the size.
August 16, 2016

A Bridge-to-Bridge View in Montclair

A thoroughly modern lair going for $1.6 million appeals with its natural setting, killer views, and a rock-’n’-roll ethos.
June 29, 2016

Kitchen Overhaul for a Tidal Canal Home

Matt and Kathy Bliven bid good-bye to dated linoleum floors, tile countertops, and a tiny stovetop and say hello to the kitchen of their dreams.
June 28, 2016

Doing Locust Street in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza may be posh, but it’s not the only place for shopping, playing, and eating in Walnut Creek.
June 17, 2016

Fabrics Made for the Outdoors Move Indoors

High-performance outdoor fabrics—like solution-dyed acrylics—are softer, brighter, and more durable than the old stuff of awnings and cushions and are finding new uses indoors.
June 17, 2016

Wily Window Treatments

A little prep, a bit of measuring, and a generous dose of fabric add up to stylish.
June 13, 2016

All-Cash Home Buys Have Pros and Cons

The practice has become more common in the Bay Area but not as prevalent as you might think.
June 09, 2016

The Hume Cloister Listed at $5 Million

It’s not quite Downton Abbey, but the historic Hume Cloister, a Berkeley landmark, is modern castle straight out of fairytale.
May 30, 2016