Fixer-uppers are always a draw. Plenty of people can't swing a turnkey home (especially in wildly unaffordable Los Angeles), but might be able to get their hands on a place that needs some work. Others can imagine the potential of a house after some heavy renovations. (Though there's probably some significant competition with investors for many of the houses in more desirable neighborhoods.) For all these people, and in honor of Renovation Week, we've rounded up fixers that represent a variety of price ranges and work needed.Read More
Los Angeles Fixer-Uppers on the Market
From Harvard Heights to Culver City, 10 soon-to-be-great fixers
1. 1867 Windsor Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Price: $1.699 million
This 1926 house hasn't had any updates to the kitchens, bathroom, or really anything in a long time, says listing agent Terry Doan Shelton, but as the photos attest, the house is otherwise in great shape. We're fans of the gleaming wood floors and fun retro tile in the bathrooms.
2. 3440 Atwater Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
In Atwater Village and measuring 866 square feet, this house is in the center of the hip trends (small houses) and hot neighborhoods Venn diagram. The house hasn’t been on the market in 50 years, and looks like it’s been about that long since anything was done inside. But those wood floors and curved doorways hint that this could be something great.
3. 1518 South St. Andrews
Los Angeles, CA 90019
This is a whole lot of house—there are 5,359 square feet and three levels of space in this Harvard Heights residence. Restorers will have much of the original hardware for the doors, windows and cabinets to work with, plus original crown molding and hardwood floors.
4. 7444 Woodrow Wilson
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Price: $1.995 million
That intricate wood front door opens onto a “heavy fixer” in the Hills. This is no weekend project: "Interior and exterior in need of major repair.” But the 3,000 square foot house has a lot of promise and a fancy location.
5. 1677 Morse Drive
San Pedro, CA 90732
There’s lots of light in this 1960 San Pedro house between the large living room windows and the skylights in the family room. Whatever updates this place may ultimately receive, hopefully the giant brick fireplace survives the renovations.
6. 813 Ridgeside Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Set on about three-quarters of an acre, this rambling single story home has a lot of different kinds of flooring inside, but huge windows in the living room and a bright newish-looking kitchen.
7. 3621 Globe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Bedrooms/ bathrooms: 3 /1.5
This place has the king's share of ugly carpet and weird paint, and will need some landscaping, but its Mar Vista location and its approximately 6,400-square-foot lot has to be a draw.
8. 1325 South Harvard
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Bedrooms/ bathrooms: 5/1
Another potentially great Harvard Heights house, this one looks ok on the ground floor, but upstairs there's likely a lot of refinishing and repair to be done. There's also technically only one bathroom; though listing photos show two, it's not clear whether they both have permits, listing agent Alfredo Robles says.
9. 3034 12th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Bedrooms/ bathrooms: 2/1
Under those bars and white awnings, there’s a pretty cool house hiding. Interior photos show hardwood floors and a cool fireplace (original) and the listing says new air conditioning’s been installed. The “mostly cemented” backyard needs some help, and so does the front; the kitchen and bathrooms don’t appear to have been updated recently, either.
10. 12137 Allin Street
Culver City, CA 90230
Bedrooms/ bathrooms: 2/1
This 944-square-foot house "in Del Rey area of Mar Vista with a Culver City zip code” needs a general refresh inside but has laminate wood floors and a fireplace—not bad. Sure, the landscaping needs help, but at least there’s a lot of room (4,702 square feet) to work with.