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Los Angeles condo comparison: What $480K buys you right now

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Three bedrooms in San Pedro or a studio in Santa Monica—which would you choose?

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 condo listings within $10,000 of today’s price: $480,000.

View of living and dining area
View of kitchen

↑ This one-bedroom unit in Hollywood is located just a block from the Fuller Ave entrance to Runyon Canyon. It has one bathroom and 908 square feet of living space, with an open living and dining area that gives the place a roomier feel. There’s also a patio bounded by a tall fence for privacy. Asking price is $489,000, with monthly HOA fees of $495.

View of living room with fireplace
Kitchen with views

↑ This San Pedro unit has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. At 1,462 square feet, it’s certainly on the bigger side for a condo, and as an added bonus it comes with a two-car garage and storage room. Asking price is $479,000, with $150-per-month HOA dues.

Living room with tall windows
Bedroom with sliding door closet
Kitchen with new appliances

↑ Per the listing, this one-bedroom in Mar Vista was recently upgraded, and, indeed, the kitchen looks pretty new. At 651 square feet, space is a little limited, but tall windows seem to help open things up a bit. Asking price is $475,000. HOA dues are $333 monthly.

View of living room
Cluttered kitchen

↑ Located just north of Ventura Boulevard, this Sherman Oaks condo is looking a bit cluttered right now. But it has two bedrooms, two baths, and 1,250 square feet of living space—and the price just dropped to $479,000. HOA dues are $425 per month.

View of kitchen and front door
View of bed and desk

↑ This studio in Santa Monica is just 573 square feet, and much of that living space appears to be consumed by the bathroom and connected laundry room. On the plus side, buyers won’t have to worry about hauling their clothes to a laundromat. The little unit is also just a few blocks from the Santa Monica College Metro station (it’s even closer to the freeway). Asking price is $475,000, while monthly HOA dues are a paltry $123.76.