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East Oakland Real Estate Is Hot

Densely saturated San Francisco just stepped aside as having the Bay Area’s must-buy property. According to Zillow’s Home Value Index, it’s Oakland—East Oakland—that wins the popularity prize.

Can We Solve the Housing Crisis?

Oakland’s core is on the verge of a makeover, heightening fears about rising housing costs and gentrification in a city celebrated for its racial and ethnic diversity. Where will the new workers live in an area so short on housing?

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.