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

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

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: 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: How Piedmont Brings Out the Worst in Me


By Home Girl, aka real-estate blogger Tracey Taylor). Go to Piedmont and you feel you have entered another world. That’s if you live in Berkeley or Oakland or anywhere else where you are a mere mortal. I suppose Piedmont is the East Bay’s equivalent to Pacific Heights. Rarefied, privileged, cocooned. The median list price here … Continue reading East Bay: How Piedmont Brings Out the Worst in Me

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