Inside the Incredibly Shrinking Southern California Starter Home

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 23, 2022–Jack Fleming
For decades, the single-family home has been Southern California’s ultimate lure — a chance to live a life of sun and sand from the comfort of your very own property. But the starter home has changed. As home prices have soared and higher mortgage interest rates have made everything less affordable, wish lists have become more and more wishful, and buyers have been forced to find something smaller and less practical.