Driving around town I've seen many modular homes are popping up around LA area. You may find some of these fast growing homes from Palm Harbor Homes.
These manufactured homes are very affordable especially in the rising property prices around Southern California. This may be the way to go for new first time buyers. Don't fool by the name modular home as these homes are well built and very attractive with upscale designs.
At Palm Harbor Homes, you can even view the available floor plans online and get a free informational DVD to learn more about what modular homes can offer to you.