Amazing how high prices are in CA, eh? In 1962, my parents bought a 3 BR, 1.5 bath just south of San Francisco that had been built in the big post-WWII housing boom. It wasn't one of the houses that Malvina Reynolds made famous in "Little Boxes" - the ones that were "all made out of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same", but those houses are just a few miles away from where I grew up. (For the record, they're still there, and they all look just the same.) That tacky little house would sell for half a million dollars today. Forty-some-odd years ago, my folks paid $18,000 for it.