The most popular Bay Area real estate stories of 2018

Looking back on our Bay Area real estate coverage this past year reconfirmed that readers love superlatives.

The most popular stories (as measured by online traffic) touched on blockbuster leases, record-breaking office sales, ultra-expensive homes and transformative megaprojects. Readers were also fascinated with skyrocketing construction costs and how they shaped what did — and didn’t — get built as a result.

The doings of big tech companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Salesforce (NYSE:…