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Cute Starter Homes: Under $500k

At $500k you still have choices. You can get into a home in an amazing location, but it may be a little on the small side. You may find a home with plenty of square footage but needing some work. Or you can move a little deeper into the burbs and possibly get both square footage and updated finishes (and even a pool). Shopping for a home under $500k is kind of like a game of Choose Your Own Adventure. Here are some adventures to get you started:

2121 West Avenue 33, Glassell Park – $455,000
2bd, 2ba, 1,000sf. Completely gutted and re-built from the studs up, this is an affordable option for someone looking for a turn-key home.

Listing provided courtesy of Rene Garcia, Keller Williams Rlty Los Feliz

5025 Los Robles St, Eagle Rock – $499,000
2bd, 1ba. What this house may lack in updates it totally makes up for in location and it’s unique charm.

Listing provided courtesy of Tracy King, Teles Properties

3737 York Blvd, Glassell Park – $499,000
2bd, 1ba, 840sf. This lovely home sits at the top of Glassell Park, meaning Atwater Village, Glendale, Highland Park and Eagle Rock are all at your fingertips.

Listing provided courtesy of Amber Gayner, Century 21 Crest

5714 Craner Ave, North Hollywood – $489,900
2bd, 2ba, 1,038sf right in the heart of NoHo and super walkable!

Listing provided courtesy of Joyti Goundar, Todd Real Estate

6059 Fulcher Ave, North Hollywood – $437,000
3bd, 2ba, 1,309sf. This house has some major curb appeal potential happening with the corner lot, huge front yard, and white picket fence. 

Listing provided courtesy of Anna Szczepanski, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService

Email me to see any of these homes or find out about more in this price range!

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Cozy California Craftsman in Highland Park

Los Angeles thankfully has no shortage of Craftsman style homes (and boy do I love a good Craftsman), but it’s always nice to find one in a hot location that’s been tastefully renovated and is move-in ready. This classic 2bd/2ba Craftsman at 5356 Irvington Place in Highland Park will capture your heart with it’s ample wrap-around front porch before you’re even through the door. Walk in and you will find period details like a built-in buffet in the dining room, built-in bookcases surrounding the living room fireplace, and a farmhouse sink in the updated kitchen. The master bedroom grabs your attention with raised ceilings and exposed beams, plenty of closet space, and french doors leading you to your private lush backyard. The second bedroom is perfect for kids, with built-in storage and bench space running the length of the room. Behind the house and accessible through the yard, the garage has been transformed into a huge finished work/studio space with a sleeping loft and attached storage room.

5356 Irvington Place, Highland Park

At $599,000 in one of LA’s hottest hoods this house won’t last long. Email me to set up a time to see it before it’s gone!

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Your Own Private English Garden

Some homes are so special that photos can hardly do them justice. Photos won’t capture the smell of gardenias blooming, the birds chirping from the treetops, the warmth of sunshine, or the soothing breeze coming through from the garden. Fresh on the market, this 1920s Tudor home in Los Feliz offers all of the views and privacy one comes to expect with a hillside home, but with the added bonus of an exceptionally planned new garden and saltwater pool area, capable of transporting you straight from the city and into a secluded English Hillside.

3756 Effingham Pl, Los Feliz

Offered at $2,349,000. If you would like to find out more about this home or set up a private showing of this or other Los Feliz properties contact me at

Listing provided courtesy of Karen Lower, Coldwell Banker

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On Calling A House A Home:

Sometimes you walk into a home and you can immediately feel the warmth and energy. The kids weekly schedule is written on a quirky chalkboard wall with doodles and hearts. The rooms are painted colors that invite you to curl up with a blanket and a good book on a cloudy day. The backyard is the kind of magical place you want to invite someone to get married in. You can almost smell Thanksgiving dinner coming out of the kitchen.  This is one of those homes.


Listing information and photos provided courtesy of Deirdre Salomone, Keller Williams Rlty Los Feliz