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5 fixer-uppers that’ll make you want to roll up your sleeves

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Diamonds in the rough

If you’re a house-hunter in Los Angeles looking for a project, look no farther than the homes below. We’ve rounded up five single-family properties on the market right now—in Silver Lake, Mid-Wilshire, Eagle Rock, and North Hollywood—that have good bones but need TLC.

We typically think of fixer uppers as affordable ways to make a dream home a reality. But if you’re on a budget, these might be heart-breakers. Prices range from $650,000 to $1.38 million. Scroll all the way down to vote for the one you’d pick (if money were no object).

Via Century 21 Allstars

This house, built in 1910, could be a big score not only because it’s been set up as a duplex with two separate entrances, but because of its location steps from Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction. The units are divided between the two stories, each with two bedrooms and one bath, and together they measure 2,002 square feet. The upper unit a fireplace, built-ins, wainscoting, and boxed beam ceilings. The asking price? $950,000.

Via Sang UR Realty

A diamond in the rough, this shingled, Craftsman-style home in Mid-Wilshire was constructed in 1907 and is brimming with potential. There’s a cornucopia of original woodwork, a hefty front porch, and a whopping five bedrooms and three baths in 3,288 square feet. Last sold in 2000 for $260,000 (!), it’s on the market now for $1.38 million.

Via HPT Realty

In Eagle Rock lies another Craftsman-style waiting to be cleaned up and restored. The three-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1912 and it comes with a detached 500-square foot “professional add on” in the backyard. It’s not visible in the photos, but the listing says the living room is outfitted with a “custom made bookshelf/stone fireplace combination.” The property is asking $650,000.

Via Coldwell Banker

“This home has amazing potential!” the listing sings, and we concur. This fixer is also located in Eagle Rock, but it’s a Spanish-style built in 1923, with a tiled roof and a rock facade. An addition in the ’60s expanded it to 1,430 square feet with four bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms. Of note: there’s hardwood floors under the carpet in the living room and fruit trees out back, per the listing. It just got a price reduction and is seeking $795,000.

This Spanish-style in North Hollywood looks to have been decently maintained over the years. Property records show the last owner change was in 1967 (for $26,000!), and the listing says it’s in original condition. It’s cleared out now and is in need of an update. It holds two bedrooms and one bathroom in 1,356 square feet. It’s listed for $799,000.


Which fixer would you love to renovate?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Silver Lake
    (128 votes)
  • 29%
    (312 votes)
  • 15%
    Eagle Rock Craftsman
    (167 votes)
  • 8%
    Eagle Rock Spanish-style
    (87 votes)
  • 34%
    North Hollywood
    (360 votes)
1054 votes total Vote Now