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Vertical Walls Popping Up Everywhere

Here in the Bay Area, people are fond of the unconventional garden. Locals know that grass isn’t the only way to fill a front yard—vegetables and shrubs work, too—and they don’t shy away from a good-looking rock display, either. So it’s not surprising that living walls have taken root here in a major way.

6 Neighborhoods to Know Now

In this white-hot real estate market, agents and buyers alike are combing the listings and traveling farther to find the home of their dreams and their means.

Expand Your Real Estate Horizons

The editor recalls house hunting, clever sales techniques, and renting in the East Bay.

Renovating a Home of a Certain Age

An Alameda interior decorator, Sarah Coombs, talks to real estate agents about updating houses.

Poor Staging and Scant Marketing Lead to Deal on a Chabot Highlands Home

Poor marketing and staging work in buyers' favor on Chabot Highlands sale.

International Rescue Committee Launches New Roots Garden at Laney College

A melting pot of farmers share agriculture practices at a community garden, New Roots, at Laney College.

Lehman Signs on Signature Development Group for Oak Knoll Navy Hospital

The decommissioned naval hospital property at Oak Knoll may make headway in 2014.

Oakland Army Base Makes Headway as Logistics Center

The long-awaited development of Oakland and Alameda's decommissioned military bases get green lights. Their futures look very different.

Not So Fast, Customs

A concerned citizen has spurred city officials to investigate her complaints that a customs examination station in Alameda is a potential source of hazards ranging from radioactive material to weapons of mass destruction. Oakland said no to similar proposal for a screening facility in West Oakland.

Lehman Signs on Signature Development Group for Oak Knoll Navy Hospital

The decommissioned naval hospital property at Oak Knoll may make headway in 2014.