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Curbed Comparisons: What $550K gets you around LA

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How about a 1920s Spanish-style duplex in Long Beach?

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. We've found five homes and condos within $10,000 of today’s price: $550,000.

Front of house
Living room
Kitchen with wooden cabinetry
Backyard Via Georgia Ferrigno, Keller Williams Realty

↑ We’ll start things off with this single-story home in San Pedro. Built in 1945, the 1,062-square-foot residence has three bedrooms and one bathroom, along with an airy living room and a vintage kitchen. The place looks to be in need of some TLC, but the bones of a very charming home are in place. Sitting on a 5,640-square-foot lot with a backyard and detached garage, the property is asking $549,000.

Living room
Dining area looking into living room
Pool with building behind Via Allie Joel Riley, Teles Properties

↑ Here’s a light-filled condo in West Hollywood with one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms distributed across 1,046 square feet of living space. Located in the Kingswood South complex, built in 1965, the unit has hardwood floors, an open living and dining area, an in-unit washer and dryer, and a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Building amenities include a parking space and central swimming pool. Asking price is $549,000, with HOA dues of $400 per month.

Front of Spanish-style house
Living room with arched entryway
Bedroom with outdoor access
Backyard area Via Rhonda Cudeback and Jennifer Davis, Keller Williams

↑ This cozy duplex in Long Beach includes a one-bedroom, one-bath unit and a separate unit with two bedrooms and one bath. Built in 1926, the Spanish-style property has a total of 2,018 square feet of living space and boasts interior features such as hardwood floors, arched windows and doorways, and built-in shelving. It sits on an 8,150-square-foot lot with back patios and gardens and a detached garage. Asking price is $549,000.

Front lawn and driveway
Living room with wood paneling
Bedroom with wallpaper
Back patio Via Bernard Min, Mint Real Estate

↑ Remember the ’70s? If you’re nodding yes enthusiastically, check out this North Hollywood ranch house, built in 1976. It’s got wood-paneled walls, beamed ceilings, patterned wallpaper, colored glass lighting fixtures, and plenty more design features that capture the spirit of that particular era. It’s also got two bedrooms and two bathrooms spread across 1,274 square feet of living space. Situated on a very spacious 8,002-square-foot lot the home has a nice side patio and a large backyard that could use a bit of landscaping. Asking price is $549,000.

Living room
Bedroom with view Via Mia Shin, KORUS Real Estate

↑ For those looking for the bustling atmosphere of Downtown LA, here’s a South Park condo with one bedroom and one bathroom, conveniently located just a couple blocks from the Flower Street Metro station. The newly remodeled condo features new kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, along with an in-unit washer and dryer and a bit of private balcony space. Building amenities include a swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and racquetball court. Asking price is $549,000, with HOA dues of $642 per month.


Which home around $550,000 would you choose?

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  • 4%
    San Pedro
    (74 votes)
  • 12%
    West Hollywood
    (198 votes)
  • 52%
    Long Beach
    (842 votes)
  • 19%
    North Hollywood
    (318 votes)
  • 11%
    South Park
    (182 votes)
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