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: $1.09 million.
Let’s kick things off on the Westside. Just one block south of the 405 freeway, this 5,838-square-foot property contains a main house, plus a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio with a kitchenette above a detached two-car garage. The main residence was built in 1944 and holds three bedrooms and one bathroom; the living spaces flow together and include a dining room and an updated kitchen with a farmhouse sink, stainless appliances, and subway tile. Plus, there’s a sizable yard with room for entertaining and gardening. Walkable to Sepulveda Boulevard, home to Tito’s Tacos, Johnnie’s Pastrami, Sage, and Maple Block Meat Co., the R2-zoned lot is listed at $1.099 million.
And we’ll stay on the Westside, this time closer to the beach, where a townhome is available in a 15-unit complex designed in 1981 by Michael Folonis. The sleek three-bedroom, one-and-three-quarter bathroom unit has three floors and clocks in at 1,480 square feet. The unit features soaring ceilings and industrial touches but still manages to feel warm thanks to some colored tile and wood cabinetry. Located off Lincoln and Pico boulevards, it’s within easy reach of the ocean and shops and restaurants on Main Street. The asking price is $1.095 million, with monthly HOA dues of $600 per month.
Heading east, up Esther’s Steps—a staircase named after the late “Queen of Silver Lake”—this hillside home offers sweeping views of the city, the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign, and the mountains. Built in 1926, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom dwelling comes in at 1,492 square feet, not including a “garden basement” that, per the listing, could be “used as your imagination sees fit.” The listing also notes that the the backyard is mostly flat but is adjoined to a sloping parcel included in the sale. Together, the lots boast a footprint of more than 14,000 square feet. A short jaunt to Hyperion and Fountain avenues, the property is listed at $1.099 million.
Here’s a residence with period charm. The Spanish-style duplex was built in 1925 and has one unit on the upper level and one on the lower level. Each contains two bedrooms and one bathroom, private laundry, linen closets, and detached one-car garages. At the upper unit, original details include a picture window, moldings, and hardwood floors. The combined square footage is 2,920. Located off Olympic Boulevard and South La Brea Avenue, the price tag is $1.099 million.
Here’s another residence with architectural pedigree. The contemporary five-unit building was designed in 2004 by Pugh and Scarpa, a partnership that disbanded in 2010. Described as a “loft-style” condo, the one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit features super-tall ceilings, concrete floors, and an industrial glass door that opens to a private patio. A wood and steel staircase leads to the spacious bedroom, which comes with a huge built-in closet. Off Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, right next to Whole Foods, the Surly Goat, and Bar Lubitsch, the 1,274-square-foot unit is asking $1.095 million, plus HOA fees of $400 per month.
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