Bay Area Real Estate

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What you can rent for $1,800 per month in San Jose

Curious just how far your dollar goes in San Jose? We’ve rounded up the latest rental offerings via rental site Zumper to get a sense of what to …

Swimming Pools

‘Where are we going to go?’ Mom, autistic son face eviction

SAN FRANCISCO — For 13 years, the homey, plant-filled apartment on the edge of the city has been a rent-controlled haven for Serena Chietti and her …

Housing

Photos and fabric trends from the High Point Showtime Market

By Mary Carol Garrity<p>In my 30-plus years in retail, I’ve been to a zillion markets. It takes a lot to wow me anymore. But oh my, that’s exactly what …

Trends

Furniture store poised to be downtown San Jose fitness club

SAN JOSE — A fitness center is poised to open in downtown San Jose now that an East Bay company has purchased the site of a long-time furniture store …

Santa Clara County

Gallery supporting black artists fighting eviction from West Oakland warehouse

OAKLAND — In Tigrinya, the language of Hager Asefaha’s native Eritrea, “Alena” literally means, “We are here.”<p>It was with this sense of place and …

Real Estate

Are tiny homes the new American Dream? Santa Clara County Fair offers a glimpse

It’s 2018 and the American Dream looks slightly different. The big house has been replaced with a … tiny house. The white picket fence is now four …

Santa Clara County

Campbell looks to nix minimum lot size for accessory dwelling units

Laws in Campbell over accessory dwelling units—formerly known as granny units—<br>may become more lax as city officials are moving toward eliminating lot …

Housing

Bay Area’s stark gaps between haves and have-nots

Even as Bay Area tech professionals take home the highest disposable incomes in the country, local service workers have sunk to the bottom with …

Alameda County

Milpitas to require more affordable housing in developments

MILPITAS — Developers will either have to build more affordable housing or pay higher fees under new rules the Milpitas City Council tentatively …

Housing

Big north San Jose office buildings near Apple sites proposed by Peery Arrillaga

SAN JOSE — A legendary development firm has proposed big new office buildings in north San Jose, one of several Silicon Valley regions undergoing a …

Silicon Valley

Not in my backyard: California considers bill to speed new housing for the homeless

<i>Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the video on your mobile device.</i><p>As it fought to block a large development for the chronically homeless, …

Housing

Photos: Ex-49er Jeremy Newberry selling Brentwood estate for $5.45 million

Former 49ers star center Jeremy Newberry is selling his 4-acre vineyard and estate in Brentwood, Calif for $5.45 million, reports Realtor.com.<p>Click …

Real Estate

A rental pain in Santa Clara leads to college startup

SAN JOSE — In hunting for apartments around Santa Clara University, three undergraduates found mad competition, broken promises and high rents for …

Real Estate

Nation’s top three most expensive places for renters: all in Bay Area

If you want to rent a two-bedroom apartment in the South Bay, you’d better make close to $50 an hour — or roughly $100,000 a year — according to a …

Housing

Mountain View: ‘Middle income’ row houses to replace 56 apartments

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday approved SummerHill Homes’ proposal to replace apartments with 58 small houses designed for middle-income …

Real Estate

Google venture buys downtown San Jose transit village sites, purchases reach $233 million

SAN JOSE — A Google-led venture has bought more downtown San Jose sites that could provide chunks of land for a village of offices, homes, shops, …

Urban Design

Multi-family housing coming to Monte Sereno — for the first time

It’s been 10 years in the making, but Tuesday night the city of Monte Sereno approved its first-ever housing project that includes multi-family …

City Politics

Milpitas: Planning Commissioner resigns after saying council members sit on their ‘fat asses’

The vice chairman of the Milpitas Planning Commission has resigned following a meeting in which he accused City Council members of sitting on their …

Housing

eBay north San Jose campus is bought for $132.5 million

SAN JOSE — A big office campus occupied by eBay has been bought for more than $130 million by investors with ties to South Korea, public records show.<p>…

Capital Markets

Vallejo area still among hottest real estate markets nationally

The Vallejo area remains one of only four California real estate markets still among the nation’s hottest, according to the most recent report from …

Real Estate

Renting in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda: What $2,500 gets you

Looking for an apartment in the East Bay? We compared what $2,500 might get you in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, using data from rental site Zumper …

Alameda

San Jose sites bought, one eyed as a village, one may be retail

SAN JOSE — A developer has grabbed two choice sites in San Jose, one which could become a mixed-use transit village and the other a potential retail …

Urban Design

Los Gatos’ last walnut orchard slated for demolition

LOS GATOS — The North 40 site is about to be cleared of its abundance of trees to make way for the construction of 320 homes and 66,000 square feet …

Forestry

What you need to know about painting the interior of your home

By Lauren White<p>At one point or another, every homeowner needs to apply a fresh coat of paint to their home’s interior. But just when to do it, how to …

Home Improvement

Does California have a mobile home shortage?

Bet you didn’t know California has 517,173 mobile homes.<p>While I was reviewing Census Bureau data on housing, a curious data point popped up: Only …

Housing

Tour showcases Silicon Valley’s spectacular ‘ultramodern’ homes

CUPERTINO — When Pam and Paul Costa set out to build their home, they had an ambitious, if not fantastical, design in mind: a glass treehouse …

Silicon Valley

Airbnb to launch new housing program for San Jose disaster victims

SAN JOSE — Learning from last year’s catastrophic Coyote Creek flood, city officials in partnership with Airbnb are building a new network to house …

Harvard Business School

Oakland Uptown apartments grabbed by East Coast investors

OAKLAND — An apartment complex in downtown Oakland’s bustlng Uptown District has been bought by investors from the East Coast, an indication of …

Santa Clara County

Hotel proposed near San Jose airport, Marriott brand eyed

SAN JOSE — A Marriott hotel could rise near San Jose International Airport under a proposal being floated by the developers of the Coleman Highline …

Silicon Valley