Bay Area Real Estate

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Renting In Oakland: How Far Does $2,200 Get You?

Curious just how far your dollar goes in the Oakland’s competitive rental market? We’ve rounded up the latest rental offerings from listing site …

Oakland

Downtown Oakland garage makes way for city’s largest residential tower

OAKLAND — Merchants Parking Garage will soon be no more as its demolition makes way for what will be the largest residential tower in Oakland.<p>Real …

Housing

More Bay Area housing weirdness: Sales increase in some counties despite shrinking supply of homes

The number of homes for sale statewide — and particularly in the Bay Area — remains stubbornly low, according to a new report from the California …

Real Estate

Santa Clara County, East Bay power Bay Area job gains of 7,600 positions

The Bay Area added 7,600 jobs during October, a welcome counterpoint to two months of employment losses in August and September, state labor …

Economy

Big Sunnyvale campus Apple leases is bought for $100 million

SUNNYVALE — A big office complex in Sunnyvale that Apple leases has been bought, but it’s likely the campus will change hands again during the next …

Real Estate

Explore a sample of today’s cheapest rentals near Winchester and Stevens Creek boulevards

If you’re apartment hunting, you know how hard it can be to find a good deal. So what does the low-end rent on a rental in Winchester North look like …

Real Estate

Airbnb takes steps to better serve disabled travelers

SAN FRANCISCO — In response to complaints that its platform isn’t always accommodating of guests with disabilities, Airbnb on Thursday revealed new …

Sharing Economy

San Jose Japantown empty lot is bought by builder that plans 520 apartments, retail

SAN JOSE — A large empty lot in San Jose’s Japantown district has been bought by a top-notch residential builder, Shea Properties, which said …

Real Estate

Home sale prices from San Jose and Peninsula areas, Nov. 18

<i>1055 California Ave., San Jose 95125; $2.65 million, 3802 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms. Master suite with spa bathroom and large walk-in</i> …

Houses

As the housing supply shrinks, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are the nation’s three most competitive markets

The supply of homes for sale fell nationally for the 25th consecutive month in October, down 12.2 percent from a year earlier. But it’s the San Jose …

Real Estate

Macy’s Pleasanton men’s store building bought by mall owner Simon Property

PLEASANTON — The building that contains the Macy’s men’s and children’s stores at Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton has been bought by Simon …

Trends

East Bay bus agency to launch Uber-like ‘on-demand’ service

DANVILLE — Commuters in a small East Bay suburb will soon have more of an incentive to take public transit: In a first-of-its kind partnership in the …

Uber

East Palo Alto, residents spar over RV parking

EAST PALO ALTO – City officials ordered a dozen RVs out of a single, flood-prone residential street Wednesday, igniting protests from residents and …

Palo Alto

Larry Ellison agrees to pay $35.8 million for Cal Neva Lodge, Sinatra’s old casino

REDWOOD CITY — Tech mogul Lawrence Ellison has gained bankruptcy court approval to buy the famed Cal Neva Lodge & Casino, Frank Sinatra’s one-time …

Lake Tahoe

Housing startups score real estate on Forbes ’30 under 30′

When Forbes released its “30 under 30” list this week, a handful of the coveted spots went to entrepreneurs working on one of the biggest problems …

Real Estate

Richmond, county eye micro units for transitional housing

RICHMOND — A “MicroPAD” delivered in front of City Hall on Tuesday by a San Francisco developer with long ties to Berkeley is being pitched by local …

Housing

Is there a Black Friday for the Bay Area housing market? Take a guess.

Bay Area homebuyers beware. Among the nation’s 100 largest housing markets, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland – in that order – are the least …

Real Estate

New train cars to increase capacity on Capitol Corridor, San Joaquins and Pacific Surfliner routes

SACRAMENTO — Commuters heading into the Bay Area on the San Joaquins or Capitol Corridor routes can look forward to a little more breathing room; …

Transportation

Housing crisis: East Bay sales and price trends mirror the Bay Area as a whole

The supply of single-family homes is flat or shrinking in dozens of East Bay cities. But buyer demand keeps driving sales and prices up, a new report …

Real Estate

Google, San Jose could reach downtown property price deals for transit village by year’s end: mayor

SAN JOSE — Google and San Jose may reach deals by year’s end on prices for government properties that would provide large chunks of downtown land for …

Real Estate

Sponsored: A quick glance at the Bay Area rental market

It may be difficult to tell based upon Bay Area traffic, but there is an exodus of sorts taking place. A Bay Area Council poll shows that 40 percent …

Real Estate

A call to action: thousands to brainstorm the Bay Area’s housing crisis

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Several dozen women and men sat in a conference room here the other day, preparing for the upcoming mobilization — the thousands of …

Housing

‘Homes for human beings’: Millennial-driven anti-NIMBY movement is winning with a simple message

California’s unprecedented housing crisis has ushered a new power player onto the scene with a supply-and-demand message so succinct it could fit on …

Housing

Google’s San Jose village plan seeks success where Coyote Valley project fizzled

SAN JOSE — Thirty-five years ago, San Jose agreed to move forward with an ambitious plan to build a massive technology campus, aiming to ease traffic …

Silicon Valley

Apartments in Sunnyvale reopen more than a year after fire

Unit number 42 at Twin Pines Manor in Sunnyvale has new counter tops, carpets and paint; you’d never guess that it was the epicenter of a fire that …

Silicon Valley

Buying a starter home in pricey Silicon Valley isn’t easy, but a new program could help

With housing prices continuing to skyrocket, many traditional buyers of starter homes have been frozen out of the Silicon Valley market.<p>Trying to …

Real Estate

Menlo Park: City tables Stanford’s office plan after saying it was misled

Menlo Park has tabled Stanford’s plan to increase office space along Sand Hill Road near the university.<p>The City Council is reconsidering its Oct. 17 …

Silicon Valley

Palo Alto: Building near Fry’s can revert to warehouse

A vacant warehouse near Fry’s Electronics that hasn’t seen a new retail tenant in the past 20 months can be converted back to a warehouse if retail …

Palo Alto

Bay Area manufacturing poised for bright future, experts say

OAKLAND — Manufacturing in the Bay Area has a bright future and already accounts for a big chunk of the area’s jobs, according to a new report …

Manufacturing