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Curbed Comparisons: What $500K buys you in LA

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Homes and condos in Pasadena, Tujunga, El Sereno, Canoga Park, and Downtown LA

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: $500,000.

Living room
Dining room
View looking up at building Photos by Charmaine David, via Natalie Stern Trabin, Re/Max Grand

↑ This elegant one-bedroom condo is located within the century-old Bartlett Lofts building in Downtown LA’s Historic Core. Featuring 890 square feet of space, it has tall windows, concrete floors, and an updated bathroom. A shared rooftop deck provides some nice views across the city. Asking price is $499,000, with HOA dues of $448 per month. Parking is available, but not included in the sale price.

House with large front yard and driveway
Living room with brick fireplace
Family room with vaulted ceiling
Backyard and deck Via Jim Sandoval, Park Regency Realty

↑ This Canoga Park home has plenty of space, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms spread across 1,849 square feet of floor area. Interior features include hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and a large red brick fireplace. The home sits on a 7,505-square-foot lot with a large front lawn, an attached garage, an enclosed backyard, and a deck with a hot tub. Asking price is $499,999.

Spanish-style house
Entryway with fireplace
Living room with tile floor
Back deck Via Mike Babakhanyan, JohnHart Real Estate

↑ Here’s a truly unique offering in the hills of Tujunga. Built in 1930, this colorful Spanish-style home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms spread across three levels, with 1,108 square feet of floor space chock full of tile accents and built-ins. There’s also a dramatic fireplace and an arched window in the entry room. Sitting on a 6,324-square-foot lot with multiple decks, the house is listed for $499,000.

Living room with fireplace
View from balcony
View of Castle Green Via Kelly Bradley, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

↑ Space is more limited in this 551-square-foot studio unit in Pasadena’s historic Castle Green. It’s hard to beat the atmosphere though; with immaculately manicured grounds and stately common spaces, the building is an old California treasure. This unit has an airy living area a surprising amount of closet space, and a full kitchen and bathroom. There’s also a private balcony. Asking price is $499,000, with HOA dues of $422 per month.

Front of home
Living room with fireplace
View across the neighborhood Via Christian Hagopian, Dilbeck Real Estate

↑ Billed in the listing as a “light fixer,” this El Sereno home sits on a roomy 10,694-square-foot lot with views around the surrounding hills. Inside, it’s got two bedrooms and one bathroom, along with 1,590 square feet of floor space. Part of that is an unfinished space that promotional material for the home suggests could be converted into a separate one-bedroom unit. Asking price is $499,000.


Which home around $500,000 would you choose?

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  • 25%
    Downtown LA
    (466 votes)
  • 24%
    Canoga Park
    (449 votes)
  • 24%
    (448 votes)
  • 8%
    (151 votes)
  • 15%
    El Sereno
    (285 votes)
1799 votes total Vote Now