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Curbed Comparisons: What $600K buys around LA

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It’s enough for homes in Westlake, Altadena, Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, and Hermosa 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: $600,000.

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Living/dining room
Backyard with orange tree Christy Setaro, Coldwell Banker

We’ll start in Lake Balboa, where you’ll find this pleasant single-story residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Built in 1952, the 1,184-square-foot home boasts hardwood floors, a recently overhauled kitchen, and glass sliding doors that lead to the large backyard. The home sits on a 5,999-square-foot lot with a back deck, an orange tree, and a detached garage. Asking price is $599,000.

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Living room
Backyard Via John Jensen, Douglas Elliman

Over in Altadena is this charming Spanish-style residence, built in 1926 and remodeled considerably over the past few years. The two-bedroom home has a single bathroom and 1,011 square feet of living space. Interior features include hardwood floors, a small formal dining room, and a living room fireplace. Sitting on a 3,416-square-foot lot, the home includes a back patio and spa, as well as a small garage that’s been converted to an office. Asking price is $597,000.

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Balcony Via Phillip Mazzocco, Sonnocco Real Estate Group

Looking for something closer to the sea? Here’s a condo in Hermosa Beach less than a mile from the shore. It’s got two bedrooms and one bathroom, with 710 square feet of floor area. The unit also offers a kitchen with new appliances and access to a private balcony. Building amenities include an indoor pool and spa, saunas, and a large central courtyard. Asking price is $599,000, with HOA dues of $564 per month.

Pink house
Living room
Backyard Via Jayne Parsons • Keller Williams

This fun little home in Westlake fits two bedrooms and a bathroom into 870 square feet of living space. Built in 1923, it has hardwood floors, plenty of cabinetry and closet space, and a breakfast nook off the kitchen. The 2,464-square-foot lot holds a small backyard and a pair of garages with on-site laundry. Asking price is $595,000.

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Living room
Backyard Via Arto Poladian, Redfin

This 1,365-square-foot home in Van Nuys has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Built in 1951, the classic ranch house includes wood floors, a white brick living room fireplace, and freshly renovated bathrooms and kitchen. Sitting on a 6,079-square-foot lot, it’s got a sizable backyard with a barbecue area and fire pit. Asking price is $599,000.


Which home or condo around $600,000 would you choose?

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  • 14%
    Lake Balboa
    (222 votes)
  • 22%
    (342 votes)
  • 11%
    Hermosa Beach
    (171 votes)
  • 9%
    (136 votes)
  • 41%
    Van Nuys
    (620 votes)
1491 votes total Vote Now