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Here’s The Largest Home For Sale In The Benicia, Vallejo Area

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VALLEJO, CA — The largest home currently for sale in the Benicia, Vallejo area will set you back $1.65 million, or $261 per square foot.

For the price, buyers will get a three-story, 6,325-square-foot custom home with four bedrooms and five and a half baths.

The contemporary-style residence comes with an elevator and a pool and is situated on 1 acre in the Hiddenbrooke Country Club.

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Building permits spike in Solano County, fueling housing boom

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New residential building permits in Solano County rose sharply to 1,697 in 2020, a level of housing permit activity in the county has not been seen since the 2007 Great Recession, according to Jordan Levine, vice president and chief economist with the California Association of Realtors.

At 716 permits, the number of multifamily housing permits issued last year was the highest since 2001. Higher costs for building supplies, especially lumber, is a factor driving multi-family dwelling growth, since the cost per square foot is considerably less, however, existing and new single-family units still dominate the market during the current real estate boom.

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Fairfield has an easy solution to house its most vulnerable. Why not just do it already?

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While California’s housing shortage, displacement and affordability crisis has persisted for decades, the pandemic has made it all the more severe in cities across the state. Now more than ever local elected officials must create and maximize every possible solution to make more housing available and affordable to residents of all income levels, and to house our most vulnerable neighbors living without homes.

While some cities like Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose are rising to the challenge, too many others are failing to act at all. When local governments resist meeting their housing goals and actively stifle development, it not only impacts their own city but also cumulatively exacerbates our statewide housing crisis by driving up housing costs and leaving even more residents housing insecure or living on the streets.

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BUSD takes step toward building affordable housing for teachers, staff

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The front entrance of the Berkeley Adult School where Curative runs a COVID 19 test facility using one of Gehl’s custom made kiosks to streamline the efficiency of testing. Nov. 23, 2020. Photo: Pete Rosos

Cornelius Smith pulls into the parking lot at Oxford Elementary at 8 a.m. He leans the driver’s seat back to get some shut-eye, two hours before his shift starts.

By day, Smith works as a school safety officer at the high school. By night, he is an armed officer at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. He sleeps when he can, crashing for a few hours in the evening at his cousin’s place in Emeryville or at his parent’s in Hercules, and in his car in the mornings. The drive home to Antioch takes up to an hour and a half, depending on traffic, and he makes it back only on the weekends.

Smith would love to live in Berkeley, but with the sky-high cost of housing, “it’s way too expensive.” Many teachers live paycheck to paycheck, and classified staff like Smith earn even less. School safety officers at Berkeley Unified make as little as $29,000 each year, and the median salary for district employees is $45,833.

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