Which Los Angeles fixer-upper would you choose?

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We regularly crawl through real estate listings in search of homes to showcase, and today’s search unearthed a couple of homes with lots of potential—but in need of TLC. They’re priced pretty similarly and both hold four bedrooms and fireplaces, but they’re in disparate architectural styles and different neighborhoods.

If you had $800,000 or so to plunk down on a fixer-upper, which of these two diamonds in the rough would you choose?

Ranch-style with high ceilings in Eagle Rock

 Images courtesy of Lorelei Young

Address: 1507 Glen Aylsa Avenue

Price: $799,000

House size: 1,729 square feet

Lot size: 13,326 square feet

Year built: 1940

Located in one LA’s most in-demand neighborhoods, this Ranch-style home sits on a generous-sized lot with ample yard space. And, it’s close to all of the action on Colorado Boulevard.

The living room is outfitted with a double chimney and there are at least two bay windows from what we can see in photos. The listing says the ceiling beams in the fourth bedroom are “are original railroad tracks brought on a train from the state of Washington in the 1940s.”


Handsome Craftsman near Windsor Square

  Images courtesy of Philip Shahbaz

Address: 119 South Hobart Boulevard

Price: $825,000

House size: 2,625 square feet

Lot size: 7,049 square feet

Year built: 1912

Sandwiched between beautiful Windsor Square and booming Koreatown, this Craftsman boasts a converted apartment upstairs with its own kitchen, two bedrooms, and full bathroom. The main residence holds a den, breakfast nook, and the other two bedrooms. It features original hardwood floors, a big fireplace, impressive moldings, and a stately, built-in cabinet, according to the listing.

The property is walking distance to one of LA’s best cocktail bars, the Copper Still, plus it’s just one mile from the Red Line subway station at Vermont and Beverly.

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