Oakland, Calif.

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  • Median home price : $545,000
  • Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 9.3%

This blue-collar city and its posh surrounding suburbs benefit from neighboring San Francisco's spillover.

"[Oakland] is more affordable than the rest of the Bay Area, especially at the moderate- and low-end," said Leslie Appleton-Young, chief economist for the California Association of Realtors.

Oakland-area home prices have come roaring back since the housing bust, jumping 26% for the 12 months through last September, according to CoreLogic Case-Shiller.

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With the region's high-paying tech industry going strong, deep-pocketed workers continue to flock to the area helping to push the median home price to a whopping $545,000.

CoreLogic expects home prices to climb another 9.3% by the end of September. Yet this hot market is expected to eventually cool. Over the next five years, CoreLogic expects home price growth to slow to 4.5% annually.

First published January 23, 2014: 2:54 PM ET
Source: CoreLogic Case-Shiller
Forecasts are for the 12 months ending September, 2014. Rankings are for metro areas with populations of one million or more. In addition to its own data, CoreLogic Case-Shiller compiled its results using data from the National Association of Realtors, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Moody's Analytics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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