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Here’s what $639K buys around Los Angeles

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Options include an adorable Altadena cottage and a loft in downtown Long 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 about $10,000 of today’s price: $639,000.

Photos by Tony Viegas, courtesy of Ron Nedd/Allison James Estates and Homes
Altadena

This sweet cottage was built in 1924 and retains lots of period charm, from the large picture window and fireplace in the living room to the glass and brass doorknobs to the original 1920s hexagonal bathroom tile floor. Coming in at 1,134 square feet, the residence holds two bedrooms, one bathroom, a bonus room, dining area, and mudroom on a 5,857-square-foot with a rather large backyard. It’s listed at $649,000.

Photos by  Tim Krueger, courtesy of Amy Tsang/Keller Williams
Long Beach

Off Fourth Street and Pine Avenue, walking distance to all the action in downtown Long Beach, lies the handsome Walker Building—a former department store designed by Meyer and Holler, the firm that gave Los Angeles the Chinese Theatre. It’s now home to 46 condos and penthouses, and one of those units is for sale. Spanning 1,183 square feet, it features porcelain and concrete floors, a steel and tempered glass loft, a private bedroom, and an in-unit washer and dryer. The price tag is $649,000, with monthly HOA fees of $550.

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Downtown

This 1,060-square-foot condo is on the second floor of the historic Pan American Lofts. The building opened in 1894, making it one of the oldest in Downtown, along with the Bradbury Building across the street. The sun-dappled unit has an open floor plan with a partial separation between the living spaces and bedroom. It comes with in-unit laundry and a private deck. It’s listed at $639,000, with monthly HOA dues of $620.

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Valley Glen

Fronted by a porch and deep yard populated with citrus trees, this traditional San Fernando Valley home was built in 1947 but was recently remodeled. In its 1,200 square feet, it holds two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a bonus room. The open concept kitchen flows into the living room, where there are hardwood floors and a fireplace. Out back, find a large backyard with more fruit trees . The 6,257-square-foot lot, which also contains an attached two-car garage is asking $639,000.

A bright blue home with a pitch roof, white trim, carport shaded by a large tree.
An all white living room with wood floors, pitched ceiling, and an arched entryway into a dining room.
A galley kitchen with a vintage stove, white cabinets with glass knobs, cream shiny countertops, and white cabinets. Photos by Andy Pak, courtesy of Brianna Galvan/Moon Realty
A bathroom with a pedestal sink, black and white penny tiles, and a white and blue tiled shower with a small stained glass window.
Highland Park

This cheery home butts up against the hills in Highland Park, and is a steep but short jaunt to the Hi Hat, the new home of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and Super A Foods. It packs two bedrooms and one bathroom, plus a formal dining room, bonus room, and little basement, in 876 square feet. Built in 1928, it is freshly remodeled and asking $649,000.

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Which home would you buy?

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  • 28%
    Altadena
    (378 votes)
  • 12%
    Long Beach
    (170 votes)
  • 12%
    Downtown
    (161 votes)
  • 17%
    Valley Glen
    (238 votes)
  • 28%
    Highland Park
    (386 votes)
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