Like everywhere in the Bay Area, home prices in Oakland have recently gone through the roof. The price of a house there is up almost 70% in the past two years. But West Oakland resident Steve DeCaprio has discovered an unusual way to acquire a home for free. DeCaprio has become an expert in finding and taking over abandoned homes – and it’s not as illegal as it might sound.
The size of San Francisco never changes, because of its geographic location on a peninsula. Yet new neighborhood names continue to be created (NoPa, TenderNob, etc.), to describe places carved from existing locations. There’s one exception, though, south of Market (SoMa) and east of Potrero Hill. That place is Dogpatch.
Three years ago, two tenants took over Opal Palmer Adisa’s Oakland home, which she had rented to them during her academic year abroad. When she tried to move back in after the lease was up, they refused to get out or pay the rent. She shared this commentary with us back in 2011.