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: $449,000.
Budgets get more in Long Beach, where you’ll find this sweet detached home located on a suburban, tree-lined street north of Pacific Coast Highway, about 2 miles from downtown. The little Spanish-style measures 821 square feet and holds two bedrooms and one bath. Built in 1930, it retains coved ceilings, arched entryways, and a large picture window. On the 3,444-square-foot lot, there’s a yard, covered patio, and detached two-car garage. The asking price is $449,000.
A studio is available in the Higgins Building, which was built in 1910, off Main and Second streets. The location puts most of DTLA at your fingertips, from Little Tokyo to Grand Park to Grand Central Market. The loft clocks in at 730 square feet with a three-quarter bathroom. Features include tall ceilings, granite countertops, and, per the listing, eight enormous windows. The unit comes with access to the building’s rooftop deck, which has skyline views. The price tag? $438,000, with monthly HOA dues of $506.
If you’re looking for a roomier detached home on a more sizable lot—and don’t mind putting in some elbow grease—there’s a three-bedroom, one-bath house for sale in Chesterfield Square. As the listing acknowledges, the “property needs some TLC.” But a discerning buyer could see its potential. Built in 1922, it has a front porch, built-ins, moldings, wood floors, and a fireplace. The dwelling clocks in at 1,452 square feet and sits on a 6,385-square-foot lot. It’s listed at $450,000.
This stylishly remodeled dwelling is part of a tenancy in common in a “cottage complex” that’s walking distance to the Silver Lake Reservoir. The detached one-bedroom, one-bathroom comes with a front balcony and covered deck. Updates include hickory wood floors and new windows and appliances, including a washer and dryer. The 593-square-foot unit is asking $449,000, with monthly HOA dues of $250.
Back in Downtown, on the border of Skid Row and Little Tokyo, there’s a studio for sale in the former Westinghouse Electric Building. The city landmark was built in 1922 and was converted to lofts in 2006. The 780-square-foot condo gets a lot of natural light and features wood floors, tall ceilings, and large exposed columns. The building has 24/7 security, a pool and hot tub, a community barbecue area, and a dog run. The asking price is $455,000, with monthly HOA fees of $496.
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