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18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

18-Story Downtown Berkeley Development Back On Track

With Berkeley’s Measure R having been soundly defeated at the ballot box, a measure which would have required tall buildings to have met higher environmental building standards (LEED Platinum versus LEED Gold as is currently required), the plans for the proposed 18-story “Residences at Berkeley Plaza” development to rise behind the Shattuck Hotel are back Read More »

San Jose And San Francisco Prices Slip While U.S. Median Advances

San Jose and San Francisco remain the two most expensive major metropolitan areas in U.S. for single-family homes, but the gap between the two and the completion has narrowed a bit as the median price dropped for both areas in the third quarter of 2014. The median price for the San Jose area, which includes Read More »

Two Large Tech Companies Circling Oakland’s Sears Building

Two Large Tech Companies Circling Oakland’s Sears Building

Without naming names, two “large technology companies” are reportedly in discussions to lease the entire Sears Building in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood which the department store vacated in September. The 400,000-square-foot building, which was built for the H. C. Capwell Company in 1929 and fronts Broadway, Telegraph Avenue and 20th Street, was acquired by Lane Partners for Read More »

Some Relief For Renters In SF, Growing Pain(s) In The East Bay

While the average asking rent for a market-rate apartment in San Francisco has hit a record $3,400 a month, up 9.8 percent over the past year, the largest percentage increase has occurred in Oakland where the average rent now measures $2,500 per month, up 17.6 percent over the past twelve months.  But there could be Read More »

Plans For Low-Slung Berkeley Shopping Center Show Potential

Plans For Low-Slung Berkeley Shopping Center Show Potential

Plans to redevelop the 30,000-square-foot Bancroft Center retail complex, across the street from the UC Berkeley campus, have been drawn and the owners of the center have engaged Colliers to market the property and potential. As designed and envisioned by Lowney Architecture, “a new owner could potentially re-develop the site into a mixed-use Read More »

New Hope For Oakland’s Ambitious Coliseum City Development

New Hope For Oakland’s Ambitious Coliseum City Development

Set to expire yesterday after two years of effort, Oakland’s City Council has granted a 90-day contract extension to the group which has been trying to get the proposed $2 billion “Coliseum City” development off the ground. While a developer for the project has yet to be identified, and neither the Raiders nor Athletics have Read More »

A Tipping Point For Oakland’s Office Market?

Between 70 and 80 percent of the recent demand for office space across the Bay Area has been driven by tech companies, according to Cassidy Turley. In San Francisco, the demand for office space is at an all-time high and office rents have increased 15 percent over the past year and nearly doubled since the Read More »

Bay Area Rents Hit Record High, And Oakland Has Risen The Most

The average asking rent for an apartment in the Bay Area increased to a record $2,234 in the third quarter of 2014, up 3.5 percent over the past three months and 11.4 percent higher versus the same time last year.  And the average Bay Area studio is now renting for $1,931 per month, according to RealFacts, Read More »

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

Proposed Moorish Fortress Closer To Reality?

New renderings and details for Ken Sarachan’s proposed “El Jardin” development, the six-story Moorish fortress designed to rise on the long vacant Berkeley lot at the corner of Haste and Telegraph Avenue, have just been delivered to Berkeley’s Design Review Committee (DRC). And with Berkeley’s Planning Department recommending that the DRC “forward a favorable recommendation…with conditions Read More »

Oakland’s Uptown Neighborhood Is Great, But It’s Not Number One

Oakland’s Uptown Neighborhood Is Great, But It’s Not Number One

Oakland’s Uptown has landed on the American Planning Association’s list of “Great Neighborhoods” this year, a list which included San Francisco’s Chinatown in 2013. While Uptown appears atop the list on the APA’s site, however, it’s not actually “the number one “great neighborhood” in the country” as reported on SFGate, as the order of the APA’s Read More »

Trulia Deems San Francisco Overvalued, San Jose And Oakland Too

Trulia Deems San Francisco Overvalued, San Jose And Oakland Too

Based on ratios of home prices, incomes and rents, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland all made Trulia’s latest top-ten list of the most “overvalued” housing markets in the U.S., ranking fourth, seventh and tenth respectively. While Austin, Texas topped Trulia’s list of the most overvalued metro areas with home prices 19 percent overvalued relative Read More »

Prefabulous In Emeryville For $500 Per Square Foot

Prefabulous In Emeryville For $500 Per Square Foot

While the garage and ground floor of the modern Emeryville house at 5507 Beaudry Street were built in place, the rest of the home was prefabricated in five sections down in San Jose and assembled on site in a day back in 2011. Measuring 2,083 square feet, the prototype “Simpatico” house was designed by Swatt Read More »

Building Up Berkeley: “StoneFire” Development Slated For Approval

Building Up Berkeley: “StoneFire” Development Slated For Approval

Having determined that the construction of the proposed “StoneFire” development would not be detrimental to the “health, safety, peace, morals, comfort, or general welfare” of the people living or working in the area, a requirement of Berkeley’s Municipal Code, the City of Berkeley is slated to approve plans for an eight-story building to rise at Read More »

Oakland’s “Coliseum City” Rendered And Master Plan Revealed

Oakland’s “Coliseum City” Rendered And Master Plan Revealed

Despite the fact that the Golden State Warriors are on their way out and the Oakland A’s have been angling for a move as well, the City of Oakland has just released the detailed plans for a proposed 800-acre “Coliseum City” to rise upon Oakland’s existing Coliseum site and 550 acres of adjacent land on the other Read More »

Rocking The Rockridge Vibe, Lifestyle, And Value(s)

Rocking The Rockridge Vibe, Lifestyle, And Value(s)

The two-bedroom bungalow at 5668 Broadway is a half-mile stroll from the Rockridge BART station and Market Hall, and not too much farther from Zachary’s (yes, we have our priorities straight). While remodeled, the interior hasn’t been Dwell-ified and much of the original woodwork has been refinished and remains in place.  At the same time, Read More »