6 years ago we’ve tried to find a nice, simple, modern house in Bay Area and we gave up.
We thought about buying land and building a Kids Town (that will become our QT story) with a group of friends.
4 years ago we’ve searched one more time for a house, but I guess the plan was ready, buy whatever in a nice location and remodel/rebuild it modern. Whatever meant a 50s ranch house (a Blackfield in Mountain View), ~600K for ~1000sf at that time …
First remodelling plan in 2003 failed because the architect plans for ~200K turned out to be more like 400K when we’ve talked to contractors.