The above pic is Oakland. It’s where I live. Here is a little story on how I came to be an “East Bayer”. You see buying real estate in the Bay Area is sorta like buying Berkshire Hathaway stocks – you spend alot to get very little but what you do own is worth its weight in gold. Simply put, even with the combined incomes of me and The Partner, we could not afford to live in San Francisco. So we expanded our search to include the “East Bay” which pretty much means Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville (sorry Richmond). Eventually, we found ourselves in Oakland and purchased a fantastic 3-story loft in 2008. While I went to the East Bay, kicking and screaming I quickly came to be one of its biggest proponents …. or so I thought.