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Curbed Comparisons: What $525K buys around LA

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A condo with Downtown views or a mini ranch in the Valley?

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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: $525,000.

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Backyard Via Frank Magdaleno, Harcourts Prime Properties

Let’s start with a recently renovated home in San Pedro that was built in 1907. Though the floors, countertops, cabinets, and fixtures are all new, the home’s original coved ceilings and wall niches remain. Featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom, the 880-square-foot house sits on a 4,999-square-foot lot with a grassy backyard and a detached garage. There’s even a basement. Asking price is $529,900.

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Living room Via Lorette Murphree, So Cal Dwell

Moving up the coast, this condo sits in a sleek 1960s complex in Playa del Rey. The unit has 855 square feet of floor space, with one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms. The kitchen has been outfitted with new countertops and appliances, and a small office space sits off to the side. A sliding door in the living room leads out to a private covered balcony. Asking price is $520,000, with HOA dues of $300 per month.

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Backyard Via Alexander Cabrera, Coldwell Banker

Up in Van Nuys is this quirky two-bedroom home built in 1950. Featuring hardwood and tile floors, it’s got some surprising elements, like a brightly colored tile fireplace and unexpected steps and wall cutouts throughout the house. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom here, with 1,076 square feet of floor space. The home sits on a 6,700-square-foot lot, with a gravel front lawn and a back patio equipped with a hot tub. Asking price is $535,000.

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Spa Via David Kean, Douglas Elliman

Watch LA’s skyline grow from this Wilshire Boulevard condo on the border of Westlake and Downtown LA. The 23rd-floor unit has 680 square feet of living space, with a bathroom and a lofted bedroom that looks down over the open kitchen and living space. A wall of windows provides views of Downtown and beyond. You can find west-facing views from the pool deck, which includes a spa and grilling area. Asking price is $529,000, with pricy HOA dues of $878 per month.

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Back yard with goats Via Jenny Blae, Keller Williams

Is room for a horse on your list of must haves? This Shadow Hills residence sits on a 9,005 square foot lot with four horse stalls and an animal pen. The three-bedroom home has one bathroom and 960 square feet of floor space. Built in 1925, it’s got a rustic feel with pitched ceilings and wood paneling. Out front is a nice porch enclosed by stone walls. Asking price is $525,000.


Which home or condo around $525,000 would you choose?

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  • 22%
    San Pedro
    (215 votes)
  • 24%
    Playa del Rey
    (238 votes)
  • 12%
    Van Nuys
    (122 votes)
  • 12%
    (124 votes)
  • 27%
    Shadow Hills
    (271 votes)
970 votes total Vote Now