The vanishing San Diego single-family home

Many people still dream of buying a house that includes a few bedrooms, a yard to play in and a porch to watch the comings and goings of the neighborhood.

Yet making that dream a reality is becoming increasingly more difficult in San Diego County.

Local planners and communities have largely cut back on approving new housing developments, instead opting for condos and apartments.

In the first nine months of 2016 in San Diego County, 1,848 single-family home permits were issued while 5,564 multifamily permits were approved, said the Construction Industry Research Board.

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