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With S.F. overheated, condo builders look to Oakland
A dearth of new condos available in San Francisco is pushing buyers to Oakland — and developers are paying attention.

At State of the City, Quan says “Oakland is booming,” need to get to 900 cops
Mayor Jean Quan gave her State of the City report at Oakland City Hall Thursday night, outlining her administration’s achievements while forging ahead, speaking like a candidate with new goals.

7 ways homebuyers can gain an edge this spring
When winter finally ends and the temperatures start rising, it's a fair bet that the housing market will heat up, too.

Is homeownership a smart investment again?
Here, we look at some of the reasons why it's a good time to buy for many Americans, and circumstances when it might make more sense to rent.

Bay Area Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High
The housing recovery has been bogged down by a lack of inventory. This month's report indicates that is no longer the case, as sellers respond to double-digit price increases.

Buy a home in a top turnaround town
Where are the strongest recent recoveries in the real-estate market? Would you believe Oakland, Calif., Reno, Nev. -- and Detroit?

'Jumbo' mortgages are now cheaper than smaller mortgages
Interest rates on mortgages for pricey homes have dropped below those on smaller mortgages, an event that lending executives say has never happened before.

Renaming Oakland's 19th Street BART Station Could be Costly (Analysis)
Oakland’s Uptown is where the cool cats play. Hip taverns and restaurants of national renown reside in the neighborhood and some want to rebrand the 19th Street BART station to reflect its resurgence.

Matt Werner's Oakland Unseen Newspaper Creates Smiles and Buzz
It is a new publication, printed like a newspaper, but full of jokes. Unlike The Onion, Unseen focuses on one city’s “news.” It presents the reader with a self-referential universe of Oakland jokes, where Mayor Quan is a rapper.

10 hottest housing markets for 2014
This blue-collar city and its posh surrounding suburbs benefit from neighboring San Francisco's spillover.

Love Letter to Oakland: History meets the future in Chinatown
Chinatown has a continuously vibrant Oakland neighborhood for almost as long as Oakland has been a city. As early as 1870, Chinese businesses were clustering in the area around 8th and Webster. “Chinatown is the oldest and still thriving community of residents and businesses, having an identity that goes back over a century,” said Roy Chan, Project Director for the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project.

Jerry Brown Announces New Oakland Development With Investment From China
Brown announces a $1.5 billion Chinese investment in an Oakland waterfront construction project. Plans call for construction to begin in 2014 on 3,100 residential units, 200,000 sq.ft. of retail and commercial space and 30 acres of parks and open space.

Oakland Turning into Hot Market for Business and Real Estate
The National Venture Capital Association ranks it the 11th most attractive city for tech startups.

A Freeway, A Neighborhood, and a Garden: North Oakland's Grove-Shafter Community Garden Project
A plot to join two dead end streets in a community effort.

Oakulture: Visit Oakland, Nightlife Beyond First Fridays, The Oakland Music Festival Arrives
Nightlife (and culture) happens here pretty much every day of the week, and, quiet as it’s kept, the local DJ scene features some of the best-curated genre nights in the entire bay, tended with loving care by a coterie of the usual suspects. The visual art scene, at least in the quarters Oakulture frequents, is more subtly cool than over-the-top cliquish swagger.

"Above and Below" OMCA show Depicts the Bay's Past, Present, and Future
Just in time for the opening of the East Span of the Bay Bridge, the Oakland Museum of California opens its latest showing in the series of exhibitions about the San Francisco Bay.

5 Projects That Lower Your Home’s Value
Most upgrades, renovations, and home improvement projects raise a home’s resale value. But in this episode of Destination Home Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV’s "The High/Low Project," reveals five renovations that can do just the opposite.

Seven Reasons to Visit East Bay Farmer's Markets This Fall
As more locally-grown produce has been popping up on grocery shelves, you might feel like you could skip the farmers’ markets and just hit the supermarket. If you do, you will miss out on some delightful organically grown treats.

Six Ounces to Fine: Two Mile Wines from Oaklandia
Wine drinkers are fortunate to be in Oakland at a time when creativity, brains and urban winemaking has reached a stride of excellence. Some pretty intriguing characters are behind the scenes as well, including the people of Two Mile Wines.

Oaklands Home of Chicken and Waffles Serves Up Job Opportunities
When the restaurant’s owner Derreck Johnson started hiring ex offenders 20 years ago at his car wash business, he didn’t realize the impact he was making in the community.

Buying beats renting in most U.S. cities
For people who are willing to stay put for a few years, buying a home has become a much better deal than renting in almost every major housing market in the nation.

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