What the new, higher Bay Area medians can buy

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The median price for a home in the Bay Area rose to $429,000 in September, the highest in more than four years, according to DataQuick. Let’s take a look at the median prices in San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo counties, and what those prices can buy:

The Alameda county median is $379,000, up 8.9 percent from September 2011. Here’s a house listed at that price, at 3441 Oak Knoll Blvd in Oakland:

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In San Francisco, the median is $745,000, up 21 percent from September 2011. This California Craftsman in Westwood Park (near City College) is pending sale, and was listed just above the median at $749,000. (Of course, that doesn’t mean it sold for that — the price paid won’t be public until the sale closes.)

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The San Mateo county median is $620,000, up 12.5 percent from September 2011. Here’s a house in Pacifica that’s listed for that price:

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Carrie Kirby is a freelance writer who recently returned to the Bay Area after living for six years in Chicago. Carrie is more heavily invested in real estate than she ever expected to be, since she and her husband are now long-distance landlords of their Chicago home, and have also purchased a house in Alameda. She posts about interesting properties and real estate trends in San Francisco and Silicon Valley every Tuesday. Carrie also shares money-saving tips on her blog, Frugalistic Mom.

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