The price of the typical California single-family home gained more than $22,000 last year-a little over half the ground lost since 1991.

The median price hit its lowest level in the long, erratic slide- $167,790-last February, but by December it had risen to $189,990, according to new data from the California Association of Realtors. The figure had peaked in 1991 at $211,000.

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