Following on our series earlier this month exploring the shortage of Eichler inventory, the data is in for the larger Bay Area housing market at the start of 2013. Thanks to some number crunching from the analysis firm DataQuick, it looks like the overall trend is toward a nasty little market crunch. Prices are up, inventory is down, and the year is just getting started.

Smithsonian Magazine's fantastic Paleofuture blog had an entry this week looking at the real-life Southern California Googie architecture that inspired the Jetsons mid-century futurism. Mid-21st-century, writer Matt Novak dubs it.

Our bi-weekly dose of Brian Narelle's original Eichler humor.

For retro fans, the drive to collect contradicts the minimalist aesthetic. We've pulled the best tips for balancing the two from a disussion at Retro Renovation.

In the final installment of our examination of the current Eichler inventory shortage, we turn our gaze northward and eastward. A large populatin of original owners who would prefer to stay complicates the already high demand and diminished supply.

In our ongoing look at the Bay Area’s Eichler inventory shortage, we’re focusing on the Peninsula this time, including Palo Alto and San Mateo County. Too many qualified buyers compete for a static supply of new homes, including Eichlers.

Just a few months ago, we saw Bay Area real estate shift to a seller’s market, and already that term seems quaint. For Eichlers and single-family homes in general we’re not just seeing a seller’s market, we’ve got a downright inventory shortage on our hands. To find out why, The Eichler Network called some local realtors and asked what was causing the crunch. The first in our three-part series focuses on the South Bay.