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Buy While You Can? Homes Near Uber's Oakland Headquarters

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When the news broke about Uber's purchase of the historic Sears building (now known as Uptown Station) in Oakland, social media lit up with collective gasps and groans. Despite laudatory and reassuring words from Mayor Libby Schaaf, many citizens weighed in on Twitter with predictions of rising home prices, displacement, and cultural ruination. The San Francisco Chronicle summed it up with this morning's headline: "Oakland Residents Freak Out Over News of New Uber Headquarters."

During public remarks yesterday, Schaaf said that more than 2,000 employees would be working at the building located at 1955 Broadway when Uber opens the doors in 2017. According to Forbes, the company projects "a staggering one-in-four Uber employees will be from the East Bay." If conventional wisdom is correct, the real estate market in the area will be heating up—way up. Time to get it before it gets too hot?


· OMG! Uber To Pick Up Oakland's Redesigned Sears Building for Office Space [Curbed SF]
· Oakland residents freak out over news of new Uber headquarters [SFGate]
· Uber will change Oakland, but will Oakland change Uber? [SFGate]

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214 8TH St.

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Not many single family homes are for sale near the site of Uber's new global headquarters, but this Victorian in the Chinatown District is the exception. It's on the market for the first time in a century. Although it's in rough shape, it's filled with original details.

234 7TH St.

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This Chinatown District home has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a location that's fairly convenient to Uber's HQ.

295 Lenox Ave., #105

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In the listing for this condo, it's described as a "smart investment." It has a private deck with views of Downtown Oakland and Mt. Tamalpais.

320 Park View Terrace, #308

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This pretty Lake Merritt condo is near Downtown Oakland, Whole Foods, and great restaurants.

438 W Grand Ave., #511

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A corner unit with modern finishes, a wall of windows, and a gym.

988 FRANKLIN St., #331

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Everything is a shade of white in this unit: walls, carpets, and cabinets. But with an asking price of under $400,000, a person's imagination can be sparked by a blank canvas.

989 Webster St., #350

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The most attractive thing about this rather pedestrian unit is the price ($289,000), the location (walk score: 99), and the amenities (doorman and parking space).

1511 Jefferson St., #313

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The marketing of this building sounds as exuberant as the political rhetoric. It invites you to "be part of Downtown Oakland's present and future!" (Exclamation point is theirs.) However, the photos of the model unit look promising. The best feature may be the spacious roof deck.

2300 Broadway, #4

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Of all the current offerings, perhaps this two-level condo is the most sophisticated. The finishes and fixtures are tasteful, and it has a private outdoor space. It's billed as the "ideal" Uptown location.

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214 8TH St.

Not many single family homes are for sale near the site of Uber's new global headquarters, but this Victorian in the Chinatown District is the exception. It's on the market for the first time in a century. Although it's in rough shape, it's filled with original details.

234 7TH St.

This Chinatown District home has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a location that's fairly convenient to Uber's HQ.

295 Lenox Ave., #105

In the listing for this condo, it's described as a "smart investment." It has a private deck with views of Downtown Oakland and Mt. Tamalpais.

320 Park View Terrace, #308

This pretty Lake Merritt condo is near Downtown Oakland, Whole Foods, and great restaurants.

438 W Grand Ave., #511

A corner unit with modern finishes, a wall of windows, and a gym.

988 FRANKLIN St., #331

Everything is a shade of white in this unit: walls, carpets, and cabinets. But with an asking price of under $400,000, a person's imagination can be sparked by a blank canvas.

989 Webster St., #350

The most attractive thing about this rather pedestrian unit is the price ($289,000), the location (walk score: 99), and the amenities (doorman and parking space).

1511 Jefferson St., #313

The marketing of this building sounds as exuberant as the political rhetoric. It invites you to "be part of Downtown Oakland's present and future!" (Exclamation point is theirs.) However, the photos of the model unit look promising. The best feature may be the spacious roof deck.

2300 Broadway, #4

Of all the current offerings, perhaps this two-level condo is the most sophisticated. The finishes and fixtures are tasteful, and it has a private outdoor space. It's billed as the "ideal" Uptown location.