Though they might be hard to come by, it’s still possible to find a starter home in Los Angeles. If young families or single people know where to look, they can still scoop up, for about $500,000, a small home with a backyard or a unit in need of some TLC, places where they’ll have a little space to grow or have the opportunity to make a return on their investment. Not all major U.S. cities can say the same.
As part of Curbed’s big feature on first-time home buying, we set out to uncover 10 great starter homes in Los Angeles, covering a wide range of what’s available, from old bungalows in Pasadena to a beautiful townhome in Mar Vista to a trendy loft in downtown. And while we’ve included a couple of pricier pads, the majority are priced at around $500,000—which is pretty reasonable since, according to a recent report, the median price is $800,000 in Echo Park and $600,000 in Northeast LA.