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Claycord Online Museum – A Brand New Home In Concord In 1961 For As Much As A Used Car In 2024


Here’s an ad from 1961 for the Clayton Valley Highlands (State Streets) in Concord.

Back then, you could get a brand new home with a 7,000-square-foot lot for as low as $14,250.

Just for kicks – adjusted for inflation, $14,250 in 1961 is equal to $133,320 in 2022, however, these 60-year-old homes are now selling for $800,000 – $1.1M. (information from and


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Original G April 2, 2024 - 9:25 PM - 9:25 PM

People are nuts, paying that much for state streets houses
Then again house near us, three bedroom built late 1950s sold for $1.1 million not long ago, then they spent another $100,000 bringing up to current code.
Can see why people move out of state.
Son moved to Texas roughly 15 years ago.
Sold his three bedroom house in antioch and paid cash for a new five bedroom house 25 minutes outside Houston and had large chunk of change left over. Recently he and new wife bought 4 bedroom house on just over two acres again in Texas for under $400,000.
Buy less house than you can afford, after building up savings and maxing retirement contributions then put extra towards house loan principle each month. You’ll save yourself many thousands of dollars over life of loan. We did it and are mortgage free. Find a mortgage calculator, plug in loan info then plug in $100 extra principle payment and note number of payments vs without extra principle payment. Then for fun plug in $300 and look again at number of payments as well as total loan cost.

Bill Bob April 2, 2024 - 10:31 PM - 10:31 PM

Tellingly, Contra Costa’s resident population has more than doubled since 1970 (~550k to 1.15M people). Yet we built around 175,000 housing units in that period. Some places like Moraga have built an appalling 8 or 9 units per year for the past 20 years. It seems we are chronically unprepared and/or unwilling to deal with the magnitude of the problem, and lack awareness of how it is a huge drag on our economy.

Brig April 3, 2024 - 8:46 AM - 8:46 AM

It’s done on purpose, property owners sit on political seats, they decide what gets built. If they allow thousands of houses, their property value goes down. It’s in owners best interest to limit housing which then artificially increases cost as supply is low and demand is high.

Dawg April 3, 2024 - 1:13 AM - 1:13 AM

“Medium priced subdivision, just minutes to the Bay Area.” I guess Concord wasn’t considered to be in the Bay Area back then.

Snakekeeper April 3, 2024 - 6:43 AM - 6:43 AM

I will be selling my house in the states next year and paying cash for a home in the foothills. Can’t wait for retirement.

Love CA April 3, 2024 - 9:42 AM - 9:42 AM

I hear the complaints… I agree that life in CA is too expensive. However, the sell my home here and move to Houston, TX… THEN YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON. Suffocating humidity and you spend your life exhausted by the heat or freezing inside with your your air conditioner set at 60 degrees…. There is a reason why houses in CA cost a lot.. it’s overall great to live here!

CAtoTX April 3, 2024 - 11:43 AM - 11:43 AM

I made the move to Texas 7 years ago and you get used to the heat and humidity and live your live as you would in California, but the big plus to it is you can actually afford to live your life. Also, you do not have dictators trying to ruin your life.

Jessica April 3, 2024 - 1:54 PM - 1:54 PM

It’s a shame for life-long bay area residents like my husband and I are who are ready to buy a house and have non-transferrable jobs. We’re stuck here paying monstrous home prices or take the huge risk of starting over from scratch somewhere affordable. Our parents generation bought their homes for peanuts, with peanut jobs. It’s disheartening.

American Citizen April 4, 2024 - 11:05 AM - 11:05 AM

I live there in the Highlands. In 3 years I punch that ticket out of Commiefornia to God’s Country in the Rocky Mountains. Leave Calif for the trust fund babies, illegals and homeless.

FPN April 4, 2024 - 1:06 PM - 1:06 PM

Bought my first home in 1977. Paid 38 thousand for a home in Pittsburg.

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