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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.

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.

Phoenix Commons offers cohousing for seniors in Jingletown

In East Oakland’s Jingletown, a new twist on senior housing is in the works. The neighborhood known for its artists’ lofts will soon be home to Phoenix Commons, a “cooperative lifestyle community” for older adults. The four-story complex of 41 units will be the East Bay’s first senior cohousing development, according to project CEO Chris Zimmerman. Look for it on 29th Street overlooking the waterfront, just off Alameda’s Park Street bridge. Move-in date: early 2015.

Our holiday gift guide scours East Bay stores for fabulous finds.

Our don't-miss list of what's hot and exciting this season in the East Bay.

Bones, books, boredom, and bikes come together.

Lorae and Mark Batzdorf find the perfect Claremont home.

Funky Furniture From SOBU

Alessandro Latini spent more than a decade designing furniture that wound up at places like Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and other mass-market stores. Now, the designs he creates for SOBU, a company he owns and runs with his wife, Laleh, veer far away from those mall favorites.

Phoenix Commons offers cohousing for seniors in Jingletown

In East Oakland’s Jingletown, a new twist on senior housing is in the works. The neighborhood known for its artists’ lofts will soon be home to Phoenix Commons, a “cooperative lifestyle community” for older adults. The four-story complex of 41 units will be the East Bay’s first senior cohousing development, according to project CEO Chris Zimmerman. Look for it on 29th Street overlooking the waterfront, just off Alameda’s Park Street bridge. Move-in date: early 2015.

Are you in favor of the proposed relocation of the Harbor Bay Club?

Ron Matthews: I am in favor of such a move for many reasons; the most important is a decrease in traffic on Packet Landing Road, Robert Davey Drive, and on Island Drive. It is my understanding that over 52 percent of the nearly 4,000 members are from outside 94502, which means all of those cars will be taking Harbor Bay Parkway instead of Island Drive. The current location is too small for the demand that has grown in Alameda and the facilities are old.

Craftsman Charmer

WHO: Jesse Antin, 36, development director, and Lindsey Antin, psycho-therapist, 37, Mason, 2, and baby No. 2 on the way; cats Camper, Nike, and Sprite; and chickens Nuk, Rhino, and Bebe. WHERE: Rockridge. HOME: Three-bedroom, one-bathroom 1,400-square-foot Craftsman cottage built in 1909.

Kitchens We Love

Built by an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1960s, this Piedmont home was made for parties. In fact, the living room’s barreled ceilings were specifically designed to enhance the acoustics of the first owners’ grand organ concerts.