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5 Starter Homes in Up and Coming Mid-City

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Back in February, with the writing on the wall that Highland Park is already deep into its gentrification, we set about trying to find "the next Highland Park." Curbed readers voted on the neighborhoods they thought were most ripe for a rebirth and throughout Rookie Roosts Week we'll be surveying potential starter homes in some of those neighborhoods--in up and coming areas, first-time buyers can get more bang for their buck, before waves of yogurt and yoga places drive home prices up. First to Mid-City, where Zillow puts the median sales price for January at $438,800.

2107 S. La Brea Ave.
Price: $249,900
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2/1
Square feet: 1,118
Extras: Backyard, dining room, built-ins, updated kitchen, breakfast room, separate laundry room

1506 S. Redondo Blvd.
Price: $399,000
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/1.75
Square feet: 1,262
Extras: Recent remodel, backyard

1636 S. Fairfax Ave.
Price: $474,900
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/2
Square feet: 1,838
Extras: Backyard, dining room, fireplace

5848 W. Olympic Blvd. #102
Price: $499,000 with $350/mo. HOAs
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/3
Square feet: 1,858
Extras: Dining room, wetbar, laundry room, balcony, controlled access

1705 S. Ogden Dr.
Price: $599,000
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/3
Square feet: 2,030
Extras: Dining room, breakfast nook, built-ins, original tiles, pool (!)
· Rookie Roosts 2012 [Curbed LA]