Walnut Creek House Burns Down, Sells For $1 Million


Even burning down will not stop a Bay Area home for selling for $1 million, at least in the case of 254 Tamarisk Drive in Walnut Creek, which has now redefined the term “fire sale.” It’s been less than a year since fire destroyed this formerly handsome four bed, two bath, 2,400 square foot home … Continue reading Walnut Creek House Burns Down, Sells For $1 Million

Making Concord a “Hot” Real Estate Destination


The real estate listing site Realtor.com this week released its annual survey of what it calls the ten “hottest” ZIP codes in America–those neighborhoods where buyer interest seems to be the most intense, at least among Realtor users. The top spot goes to a ZIP in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where home sell on average after … Continue reading Making Concord a “Hot” Real Estate Destination

No, You Don’t Have To “Preemptively Evacuate” Over Fire Danger


Thus far, California’s nightmarish recent fire seasons have spared the southern Bay Area–but that could change, as the still-visible scars of the Oakland hills fire of the early 90s remind us. With that in mind, the city of Berkeley last week issued an advisory warning residents of certain neighborhoods to be prepared for wildfire risks … Continue reading No, You Don’t Have To “Preemptively Evacuate” Over Fire Danger

Why East Bay Homeowners Hate This Solar Power Plan


An enormous solar farm planned in the East Bay is making headlines and court dates once again–and it’s no surprise. Because although this appears to be an argument about such heady matters are climate change, democracy, preservationism, and even the very future of human civilization, the lynchpin to the controversy is really housing–and you can … Continue reading Why East Bay Homeowners Hate This Solar Power Plan

Berkeley Tops US In Housing Overbids


San Franciscans are peaceful people, but quick to launch a bidding war when a choice piece of property are the spoils. And yet there’s one Bay Area destination where overeager overbidding happens even more often, at least according to one source. Earlier this week, the listing aggregate site Realtor.com tallied which US cities lead the … Continue reading Berkeley Tops US In Housing Overbids

This Oakland House Is Free


Great news for bargain hunters: There’s a 130-plus year old West Oakland Victorian that’s yours to own for the low, low price of zero dollars. The only catch is: You’ve got to come pick it up–literally. Riaz Capitol, the current owners of a three bed, 1.5 bath, nearly 1,150-square-foot Vic at 2420 Chestnut, are telling … Continue reading This Oakland House Is Free

They’ll Pay You $140K To Live In This Victorian On a Remote Island


How much would they have to pay you to live on a deserted island in the middle of the bay? If your answer is somewhere in the neighborhood of $140K per year then you might be in luck, as SFGate has it that Richmond’s East Brother Light Station is once again looking for brave and … Continue reading They’ll Pay You $140K To Live In This Victorian On a Remote Island

Battle Royale: San Francisco Or East Bay, If You Had To Choose


Coming off the heels of my post about a modern, Swedish home currently for sale by some clients contemplating their move here to San Francisco or the East Bay, it inspired a long overdue Battle Royale (perhaps on par with SF v. NYC): San Francisco versus East Bay (I leave the “what exactly is East … Continue reading Battle Royale: San Francisco Or East Bay, If You Had To Choose

East Bay: Old Style Meets New Tech in New Oakland Listing


By Home Girl: Fresh on the block is a substantial contemporary home at 5881 Snake Avenue Road in Montclair, which stands out for being a mix of old school and state-of the-art techie. It’s worth making a detour to see this one, because it’s certainly not run of the mill. It doesn’t fit into any … Continue reading East Bay: Old Style Meets New Tech in New Oakland Listing

East Bay: Your Own Vineyard in Oakland (Yes Oakland)


By Home Girl If you have ever flirted with the idea of having your own vineyard and harvesting a few decent cases of mellow wine every year, but a move to rural Napa or Sonoma seems too much of a leap, then have a look at this 4/3.4 updated ranch home at 5651 Colbourn Place … Continue reading East Bay: Your Own Vineyard in Oakland (Yes Oakland)

East Bay: Berkeley Named Top Spot For Selling Your Home


By Home Girl, aka real-estate blogger Tracey Taylor If you are selling your home, Berkeley is the place to be doing it, according to a piece in Forbes which ranks the ten best suburbs to sell a home. (Suburb? Ouch that hurts.) This is how they put it: Berkeley known sometimes as a hippie haven, … Continue reading East Bay: Berkeley Named Top Spot For Selling Your Home

East Bay: Doing Your Bit For Gas Prices in the Berkeley Hills


By Home Girl (aka real-estate blogger Tracey Taylor, former Redfin Sweet Digs maven). James and Gillian Servais build “stealth homes”. Over the years the couple have designed more than twenty houses, mostly in the Berkeley and Oakland hills, and the one characteristic they all share is how well they blend into their surroundings. With their … Continue reading East Bay: Doing Your Bit For Gas Prices in the Berkeley Hills

East Bay: Mid-Mod Classic with Eyes on SF Buyers


By Home Girl (aka real-estate blogger Tracey Taylor, former Redfin Sweet Digs maven, making her first guest appearance on The Front Steps. Thank you Alex!): It doesn’t surprise me that this 3bed/3bath, 1946 house (pictured above), which comes with the distinguished Bay Area architect Walter Ratcliff‘s moniker attached, should be listed on the San Francisco … Continue reading East Bay: Mid-Mod Classic with Eyes on SF Buyers

Letter to the Editor: “$2+ million on 22nd between Valencia and Guerrero (3373 22nd St)” and some East Bay insight


Part 1: We noticed it [3373 22nd Street] hadn’t had a Sunday open in a while, but rather than a pending or sold sign outside – we noticed the sign was just gone yesterday. It isn’t on the public mls as in contract – it just isn’t there. You know the scoop? We are dying … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: “$2+ million on 22nd between Valencia and Guerrero (3373 22nd St)” and some East Bay insight

Hop, skip, and jump to the Mid-Century (Fremont)


Every now and then we’ve been known to skip across the pond or even ferry to the north to get our fix of real estate porn, and a good way to get us to bite has always been with a tip to some Mid-Century Modern gems and today is no exception. Built in 1962 and … Continue reading Hop, skip, and jump to the Mid-Century (Fremont)

Getting the LEED out for the weekend


This tip comes to us all the way from Oregon, via telephone no less (what is that!), and is about “one of the country’s first LEED certified homes” (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that happens to be across the pond (Oakland). Rather than ramble on, we thought we’d just leave you … Continue reading Getting the LEED out for the weekend