California real estate is notoriously expensive, so it is no wonder the West Coast topped a list of the nation's richest cities. Residents in San Francisco, which was No. 1, need more than $124,000 a year to live "comfortably," USA Today estimates. Right behind San Francisco at No. 2 is San Jose, where to be comfortable, residents need to bring in about $115,000.
On the heels of what may have been the most successful year ever with respect to Bay Area real estate, the forecast for 2015 remains much the same, according to economic forecasters “in the know.” Why?