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Going Green with Indoor Houseplants

Variety in terms of color, shapes, sizes, and species make indoor plantscapes much more inviting.

Oakland’s Condo Glut Becomes a Condo Shortage

Almost all the condominiums built as a result of former Mayor Jerry Brown’s push to bring 10,000 new residents to downtown have been sold. And there’s little new in the near-term pipeline.

Contemporary Ways to Show off Family Photographs

A close and loving family is a blessing, no doubt. With it come both good feelings and happy memories, but also one big design dilemma: what to do with all the photos?

Webster Street Shops and Attractions

There’s more to Alameda than Park Street: Head to the West End to explore some lively spots.

The Slow Flower Movement

As a modern-day consumer, chances are you know where your veggies come from, how your eggs were raised, and even if the grapes used in your favorite glass of wine were sustainably harvested. But what about the tulips you purchased from the local florist or the beautiful orchids you couldn’t resist from the nearby grocery?

Reverse Mortgages Explained

A reverse mortgage is a “loan” of sorts, available to homeowners over the age of 62 to be used for just about anything—except stock market investment or speculation. Simply put, the traditional mortgage payback stream is reversed, and the lender pays the homeowner one lump sum at closing; a line of credit with a growth factor; or monthly installments of up to $625,000 over a specified period, depending on equity accrued.

Making Neutral Colors Pop

Varying textures, diversifying tones, going dark, and using organic materials can bring inspiration and class to a colorless and monochromatic home décor palette.

Independent Banks, Brokers vs. the Big Guys

Local brokers and banks make the case for service and sense of place.

How Much House Can You Afford?

Our survey of four price points for East Bay houses and condos offers a bird’s-eye-view of today’s market from Richmond to Castro Valley.

What Kind of Rental Can You Afford?

Three prices for renting offer an interesting survey of what’s available for renting in the East Bay.