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Has Measure A Outlived Its Usefulness?

Created to preserve the small-town patina of a city, Measure A put an end to multifamily housing. City leaders have found a way around the archaic restriction, but reforming the impetus for the housing crises doesn’t look imminent.

Kolb House An Asian Occasion in Piedmont

Contemporary yet timeless, harmonious and sophisticated, describe this Japanese-inspired gem in Piedmont

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Metal Types in the Home

Metals are the jewelry of the decor world. Whether they’re used on lighting, textiles, or walls, nothing does more to dress up a room than a bit of gold, silver, or bronze.

Park Street is for Lovers (of Retail and Dining)

For as small and quiet as the Island may seem, Alameda always keeps things fresh on Park Street.

Red Hot Alameda Real Estate

Oakland and Berkeley’s real estate boom may get most of the ink, but the real estate climate in Alameda is just as charged

Berkeley Hacienda Gets Regal Redo

An aging, 1930s-era hacienda-style dwelling in the Berkeley hills has been re-imagined as an ultra modern manse to match stunning near-panoramic views.

Marilyn, Martinis, and Muir

Visitors to the charming Contra Costa town can sip stout coffee, browse for antiques, and see where John Muir lived.

Go Ahead and Declutter

Professional organizer Shira Gill helps clients live well with less by getting them to shed their stuff.

Housing and Retail Transform a Corner

Oakland's lone construction crane signals a major change for an ugly and long underutilized corner connecting major thoroughfares.

Beyond Zillow and Redfin

Real estate search portals give buyers and sellers good data, but agents bring subjective knowledge that can alter a deal.