The mostly genteel neighborhood of West Adams has been named one of the country's "Best Old-House Neighborhoods" by This Old House magazine. Criteria included "architectural diversity, craftsmanship of the homes, and the preservation momentum in the area as well as neighborhood amenities including walkability, safety, and community"--other localities included Chicago's North Mayfair and Brooklyn's Stuyvesant Heights. West Adams was once one of the city's richest neighborhoods with bankers and mining execs putting down roots there. According to This Old House, the neighborhood is now a "shared secret among those of more modest means, who love its authentic feel in a city often chided for its artificiality." The Craftsman and Mission homes are described as typically LA because they're "glitzed to the max," with some fixer-uppers selling for $250,000 when they went for a $100,000 more a year ago. Of course, the prettier and more architecturally significant homes are pricier. But here's your non-architectural-looking home: a 1925 4-bedroom on Somerset, two blocks from the future Crenshaw Expo Line stop, that's going for $415,000.
· Best Old House Neighborhoods [This Old House]
· 3521 SOMERSET [Redfin]