A start-up company on the Peninsula is offering homeowners a chance to place a 'granny unit' in their backyard quickly, and as John Ramos tells us, without having to deal with the bureaucracy of city hall.
Homeowners Can Eliminate Red Tape With Prefab Backyard 'Granny Units'A start-up company on the Peninsula is offering homeowners a chance to place a 'granny unit' in their backyard quickly, and as John Ramos tells us, without having to deal with the bureaucracy of city hall.
Tiny-Home Developments in San Jose Offer Alternative to HomelessnessSan Jose mayor Sam Liccardo joined members of the city council and the community to assemble 8-foot by 10-foot homeless shelters that will be part of the city's first-ever tiny home community. Devin Fehely reports. (8-17-19)
Buyers of S.F. House Shrug Off Previous Owner's DecapitationIf you don't mind the gruesome murder that happened there, the $1.5 million asking price for a rundown house on lots in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood could be considered a steal. Da Lin reports. (5-4-19)
San Rafael Shares Cost of Sidewalk Repairs with HomeownersIt's a bill Bay Area homeowners dread: orders to fix the sidewalk in front of their houses but, as KPIX 5's Melissa Caen reports, a program in San Rafael is taking some of the pain out of the process. (4-26-19)
'Picture Perfect' San Francisco Homes Make Their Owners Real MoneyThere are ways for you to make money with your home even when you're not there -- if your house is "picture perfect." Sharon Chin reports (4-18-19)
Sneak Peek At The Latest Home Gadgets & Appliances At The International Housewares ShowLifestyle guru David Viggiano shows off some really great gadgets and appliances from the International Housewares Show.
New Novato Community to Put Emphasis on Neighbor InteractionsA so-called "co-housing" village to be built on C Street in Novato is built around a Danish concept that's catching on in the Bay Area. John Ramos reports. (3-14-19)
Berkeley Neighborhood Bids Fond Farewell to Landmark TreeOne of the oldest living residents in Berkeley has died. Neighbors are sad but some are angry and say it didn’t have to happen. John Ramos reports. (11-4-18)
Major Housing Development Breaks Ground in TracyThousands of new homes will go up in a city that is already growing rapidly. Reporter Tracy Wulff says builders are trying to meet the demand that has a strong Bay Area connection. (11-1-18)
Mill Valley Debates New Landscaping Plan to Reduce Fire RiskMill Valley is considering a new plan to reduce the risk of wildfires and, as KPIX 5's Emily Turner says, it could change the look of many neighborhoods. (9-6-18)
Homeowners Find Message from Previous Owners During Bathroom RemodelThink of it as a message in a bottle although, in this case, it was a message inside a bathroom wall. KPIX 5's Simon Perez talked to a San Jose couple who discovered a surprise during a home remodeling project. (7-4-18)
Homeowners Rebuild with Concrete Construction Following Wine Country WildfiresSeven months after the devastating wine country wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties, homeowners are rebuilding with a newer type of construction that's been billed as better at withstanding disasters. Emily Turner reports. (5-4-18)
Lifestyle Expert David Viggiano Demos Products From The International Home & Housewares ShowLifestyle expert David Viggiano gives Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego a sneak peek at some innovative products from the International Home & Housewares Show.
Activists Rally to Establish Camp for Homeless SJSU StudentsStudent homelessness was the focus of a Thursday rally by the newly-formed Student Homeless Alliance. Len Ramirez reports. (4-19-18)
At Issue: Building Housing Near TransitState senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is promoting a new bill that would put more housing right next to transit stations across the state. (4-1-18)
Tiny Homes Bring Affordable Living to DeltaPeople in the Bay Area are ditching sky-high rents for just a couple hundred square feet. Da Lin reports from Isleton. (2-15-18)
Biologists Scramble to Save Endangered Plant Found at S.F. PresidioIn 2009, a biologist noticed a plant growing along Highway 1 in San Francisco's Presidio. It turned out to be a Franciscan Manzanita, a plant thought to be extinct in the wild. But ensuring its long-term survival is no easy feat. John Ramos reports. (2-15-18)
San Francisco Below Market Rate Housing Is Out of Reach for ManySan Francisco acting mayor London Breed took to Facebook to promote a new affordable unit and the Mayor's Office of Housing. Susie Steimle reports. (1-19-18)
Long Lines At Assessor's Office As Homeowners Rush To Pay 2017 Property TaxesA lot of homeowners are rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes before the end of the year before the new Trump tax code kicks in, but Melissa Caen reports, Californians won't have that luxury.
California Homeowners in Fire-Prone Areas Face Uphill Battle to Get InsuranceAdding insult to injury for California fire victims, KPIX has learned it could soon be a lot harder for people in high-danger areas to insure their homes. Emily Turner reports. (12-14-17)
At Issue: Sheltering Oakland's HomelessOakland is trying an experiment to deal with homeless camps. The city is installing temporary Tuff Shed housing to replace the illegal tent cities. Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo discusses the issue with Phil Matier. (12-3-17)
Latest Trends In Home Design From HouzzAllison Gervis from Houzz talks to Bay Sunday host Kenny Choi about the latest trends in home design and decor.
ConsumerWatch: Home Repair Warranty WarningLots of homeowners are buying home warranties but, as ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts explains, they may not be getting the protection they're paying for. (8-24-17)
Sonoma County Luxury Home Prices Soar Higher With 'No End in Sight'More million-dollar homes are on the market in Sonoma County and Betty Yu toured a property going for $16 million. (7-21-17)
Victorian Box Trees Give Smelly SF Streets A Breath Of Fresh AirThe smells coming off the streets of San Francisco are usually not a good thing but, as Susie Steimle reports, there are exceptions -- and local arborists are behind it. (3-24-17)
Berkeley Looks To Micro-Apartments For Homeless HousingTiny apartments may be a solution to a big problem in the Bay Area. Da Lin reports. (2-16-17)
Family House Provides Temporary Housing To Families With Children Undergoing Cancer TreatmentBay Sunday host Kenny Choi welcomes CEO Alexandra Morgan of Family House, a non-profit that provides temporary housing to children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Luxury House Hunting From 2500 Feet Above Takes Off In Bay AreaThe high-priced, luxury Bay Area real estate market is soaring for some Bay Area realtors… literally. Betty Yu reports on a new way buyers are touring homes -- from 2,500 feet above the ground.
ConsumerWatch: Smart Meter Snafus Blamed For Big BillsFrom the head of the public utilities commission to the guy next door, skyrocketing PG&E bills are a common complaint. Consumer reporter Julie Watts on why some people are so quick to blame their smart meters -- and how to tell if that's really to blame. (8-26-16)