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Oct 18

This Chic 406-Square-Foot Tiny Rental Feels Much Larger — House Tour

Name: Kristyn
Location: Pleasanton, California
Size: 406 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

I love that my apartment has the unique charm of a Victorian home but has been renovated to be comfortable and modern. My landlord is a contractor and did a beautiful job keeping the Victorian characteristics as he updated it. Living across the hall from one of my lifelong friends, Melissa [whose home we toured before!], is the best perk—we decorate the porch for holidays together, bringing home tons of pumpkins for the front stairway at Halloween and hanging fresh greenery for Christmas. We also share a birthday so our common hallway gets lots of birthday love, too!

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Aug 18

This Santa Cruz Apartment Transformed into a Vibrant Sanctuary — House Tour

Name: Lilly Giraldo
Location: Seabright — Santa Cruz, California
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz. I moved to Santa Cruz fresh out of college and I remember thinking, “When I grow up I want to live in Seabright,” and 20 years later (and after kind of growing up), I found this lovely apartment. I’m within walking distance of the beach and I can hear the waves crashing late at night.

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Aug 18

This Colorful California Condo Has the Coziest Window Seats — House Call

Name: Pratiksha Tandon, husband, and 17-month-old daughter
Location: Foster City, California
Size: 1,350 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

I am an architect and an interior designer married to a data scientist currently living in the Bay Area, California. We moved to the Bay Area from Connecticut a year ago to be close to family. The thing that made us fall in love with this house were the big gorgeous windows on all three sides with beautiful views of green outside.

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08
Jun 18

Think SF Real Estate Is Scary? This City Is Even Worse

If you listen closely, you’ll hear something booming in the Silicon Valley—and no, it’s not just the sound of blockchain capital exchanging hands or tech bros downing Soylent. What’s booming far louder than anywhere else in the U.S. is San Jose, California’s real estate market: According to a recent report by Zillow, home values are rising the fastest in San Jose, at a remarkable 26.2% change year over year to a median value of $1,263,900, the highest in the nation.

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04
May 18

The City Guide to Malibu

Yes, Malibu has a reputation for being economically extra. But here’s what most people don’t realize: Beyond the displays of wealth—from billion-dollar beachfront homes to YouTube’s targeted ads for spendy rehabs and private-gate installations—is a rustic chaparral and chill country life in the canyons. The beaches are so close, the hiking can start from your backyard and the stars and moon seem so much brighter out here. (Plus, there are world-class amenities like Mr. Chow and Nobu for when you’re feeling fancy.) If you look, you can find a place to rent for not much more than what you’d pay in Los Angeles—a surprising discovery that brought me here three years ago.

Of course, living in the sticks means no late-night bar runs. And forget popping into the corner store for toilet paper—Malibu’s switchback-loaded canyon roads and 27 miles of scenic beachfront mean the closest provisions may be a 15-minute (or more) drive away. Another bummer: The population lacks diversity. What’s more, overhearing a legendary 55-year old musician talk about Tinder with two very young models outside Sunlife Organics or witnessing confused actors try to navigate the market without their assistants can be nauseating or funny, depending on the day. But for those who can hack small-town life and are charged by nature, Malibu is as gorgeous as it gets.

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