• Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Where does a builder of mega-mansions live? On a houseboat near Fremont October 20, 2017
    In writing Patti Payne's Cool Pads week after week, I have been curious about where some of the builders of these beautiful homes live themselves. I recently featured a manse built by seasoned builder Dean Jasper, owner of Dean Homes, which listed at $7.5 million, the most expensive spec home that Jasper has built in his 25 years in the business. (It now has an offer pending — check out the slideshow below.) This Seattle native, with his partner Schae Chung, has has built top-of-the-line homes…
  • Up to 1,240 new homes could transform site on S.F. waterfront October 20, 2017
    Up to 1,240 new residential units could be approved on San Francisco's transforming eastern waterfront.
  • City picks finalists to develop massive housing site in South San Francisco October 20, 2017
    City officials in South San Francisco are narrowing the list of candidates vying to build out a 6-acre housing site in the city’s core.  The city put out a call for interested developers earlier this year that netted about a dozen bids. Next week, the city will ask six of those developers to submit detailed proposals for the site, which sits on Mission Road about a half-mile from a BART station and near El Camino Real. The shortlisted developers include: The city plans to select the winning…
  • North Texas city ranks as top millennial magnet in U.S. October 20, 2017
    For millennial homebuyers wanting to live in an affordable suburb with the local "it" factors, such as access to hiking trails, proximity to restaurants, and a nightlife, apparently they don't have to look far in North Texas. Watauga's 76148 ZIP code has been named as the city with the hottest ZIP code for the second consecutive year, in part, because of the competitive housing market with desirable amenities that appeal to a young population. "This is the right place to get into a home if you…
  • Here’s how much apartment rents could rise if Austin lands Amazon’s HQ2 prize October 20, 2017
    Now that hundreds of cities across North America have submitted their proposals to Amazon.com Inc.'s HQ2, those same cities may want to start prepping for the cost increases that would come with the $5 billion campus and up to 50,000 high-earning tech workers. Rental listing aggregator Apartment List took a look at HQ2's top contenders around the U.S. and projected how much apartment rents could rise over the next decade if Amazon came to town. Apartment List predicts an additional rent increase…