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: $559,000.
One of the more affordable South Bay cities, Gardena is full of single-family homes, including this three-bedroom that could really shine in the hands of restoration-minded buyer. The residence was built in 1962 and has some of the trappings that midcentury modern enthusiasts adore, including overhanging eaves, a front entry that’s nearly hidden from the street, an open floor plan, a large hearth, and plank and beam ceilings. Clocking in at 1,613 square feet, the house sits on a fairly generous 6,002-square-foot lot with front and back yards. The asking price is $569,000.
This winsome Craftsman cottage is located in the Wilton Heights Historic District, about one mile north of downtown Pomona and the Metrolink. Built in 1910, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is partially clad in river rock and boasts an idyllic front porch. Inside, original period details include wood-paneled walls, wood floors, and built-ins. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated but still look vintage. A large, covered wood deck is affixed to the rear of the home and opens to a large concrete patio. The 7,055-square-foot property is listed at $549,888.
Budgets don’t stretch as far in the city center—but you can still get close to all of the action. This 895-square-foot condo is located right off Santa Monica Boulevard, steps from Barney’s Beanery, Connie and Ted’s, and the Sunset Strip. It holds one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms, plus a long, narrow balcony. Features include hardwood floors, plantation shutters, and laundry hook-ups. The 43-unit building, which was constructed in 1959, has garage parking and a pool. The listing price is $549,990, with monthly HOA dues of $336.
On the market for the first time since it was built in 1956, this San Fernando Valley home could shine after some elbow grease. Clocking in at 1,160 square feet, it holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and looks to have some original elements, including parquet floors, light fixtures, and wood paneling. A spacious living room opens to a roomy backyard with lots of space for gardening, or as the listing notes, outdoor entertaining. Walking distance to the Old Time Drive In, the Sun Valley Metro Link Station, and a Metro station for the 222 and 152 buses, the 6,372-square-foot property is asking $549,999.
Here’s another South Bay option. This sun-splashed home has 1950s charm—including the original front door and kitchen appliances—but needs some TLC. The residence holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,352 square feet and is situated on a 5,227-square-foot lot, currently set up in the back with a succulent garden and covered concrete patio, behind Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Last sold in 1968 for $25,000, the property, which also holds a detached two-car garage, is on the market now for $560,000.
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