I just worked an Open House in the Grand Lake Rose Garden District of Oakland. The home is a beautiful craftsman style with many original details and a fabulous floor plan...Let me cut to the chase, the open house was quite busy with many active homebuyers. My point is don't always listen to the media! There are many serious buyers out there bidding on homes. If you are in doubt email me and I will show you proof of an active Oakland real estate market.
The photo above is from Ashley L., thanks Ashley!