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Getting Creative to Buy Property Comes with Challenges

Pooling resources with family members or friends makes sense, but shareable properties like duplexes or single-family homes with auxiliary living units are scarce in the East Bay market.

Budget First for Design Projects

After you set your budget, pencil out the cost of your inspired ideal to see how reality compares.

A Point Richmond Gem

A Mediterranean that sparkles against a backdrop of bay vistas.

Downtown San Leandro Has Plenty to See, Taste, and Do

San Leandro is often overlooked, but it has a lively downtown.

A Mansion with Great Views and an Edible Garden

Designed as the home of spice magnate William G. Volkmann, the first estate built on Muir Avenue balances formal space and casual living in the Crocker Terrace neighborhood of Piedmont.

Inches Matter Where Furniture Is Concerned

Why does the furniture that worked so well in your old place suddenly seem so wrong in your new place? It’s probably not the style or the color, but it could be the size.

A Bridge-to-Bridge View in Montclair

A thoroughly modern lair going for $1.6 million appeals with its natural setting, killer views, and a rock-’n’-roll ethos.

Kitchen Overhaul for a Tidal Canal Home

Matt and Kathy Bliven bid good-bye to dated linoleum floors, tile countertops, and a tiny stovetop and say hello to the kitchen of their dreams.

Doing Locust Street in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza may be posh, but it’s not the only place for shopping, playing, and eating in Walnut Creek.

Fabrics Made for the Outdoors Move Indoors

High-performance outdoor fabrics—like solution-dyed acrylics—are softer, brighter, and more durable than the old stuff of awnings and cushions and are finding new uses indoors.