Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the infinite, unfixed form of the divine, gave us the numbers 1 through 10, as well as the revolutionary nullity, 0.

Below, the numbers speak of the speculative tug-of-war raging in the streets and hills of Oakland, whose main players include banks, insurers and yuppies with long commutes…

5,000:

Houses sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 in Oakland.

500:

Houses sold in the first quarter of 2014 in Oakland.

$248,000:

Median price of a house in the fourth quarter of 2011 in Oakland.

$400,000:

Median price of a house in the first quarter of 2014 in Oakland.

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$7,990,000:

Highest listed price of a property on Trulia, for 39 acres at 5885 Skyline Blvd.

One Response

  1. IsThatAllUgotQ

    These numbers mean nothing. You can’t compare Winter to Spring and expect to see any trends. You need to compare Spring to Spring or Winter to Winter.

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