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Fall 2017 Market Update: Homes Between $600k – $700k

In this series we’re taking a look at homes sold at various price points in the second half of 2017. Inventory remains low and bidding wars the norm so we’ll be focusing on selling price rather than asking price. What will a budget between $600,000 and $700,000 buy you on LA’s Eastside (and beyond)? Read below to find out:

4129 South Bronson Ave

4129 South Bronson Ave
2bd, 1ba, 1,468 sq ft in Leimert Park
Was asking $640,000 and sold for $665,000

This dreamy Leimert Park spanish home has vintage details throughout: original hardwood floors, arched doorways, 12-foot ceilings, a tiled fireplace, wrought iron details, and a spectacular picture window. It even has it’s original art deco tiled bathroom with a separate tub and shower (my heart be still)! All this plus easy accessibility to Liemert Park Village, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and the brand new Crenshaw netro line.
What’s the catch: Not much of one with this place, other than a somewhat small backyard. This home wins best mix of location, character, and size for this price point by a mile.

2687 Carleton Ave

2687 Carleton Ave
2bd, 2ba main house + 1bd/1ba guest house, 1,232 sq ft in Cypress Park
Asking $669,000 and sold for $700,000

This adorable remodeled 1915 farmhouse in up-and-coming Cypress Park has what every buyer right now is looking for – a garage converted into a bonus living space complete with a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.
What’s the catch? The garage conversion likely isn’t permitted and all that concrete around the backyard and sides of the home lends a bit of a cold feel to an otherwise warm vintage vibe.

553 Neva Pl

553 Neva Pl
2bd, 1ba, 952 sq ft in Highland Park
Asking $599,500 and sold for $695,000

This great little 1926 character bungalow has gleaming original hardwoods, woodwork, and vintage details to spare plus spectacular views. Located in a great corner of Highland Park close to the action on both Fig and York.
What’s the catch? Small rooms and not much square footage, some deferred maintenance, and a terraced backyard. Still a gem though!

719 Sierra Bonita Ave

719 Sierra Bonita Ave
2bd, 1ba, 1,113 sq ft in Pasadena
Was asking $595,000 and closed for $670,000

This 1924 bungalow is in a great pocket of Pasadena. Featuring a Batchelder fireplace, hardwood floors, original casement windows, and French doors opening from the master to a lovely brick patio.
What’s the catch? This home is on a small lot with a very small patio as a backyard, but depending on the level of maintenance you prefer and outdoor space you need this could also be seen as a bonus.

154 Mendocino St

154 Mendocino St
2bd, 2ba, 976 sq ft in Altadena
Was asking $619,000 and sold for $660,000

This lovely Altadena bungalow sits on a lush private lot, gets great sunlight, and has nicely sized bedrooms with a private master bath. Bonus points for being a couple of blocks away from beloved neighborhood eatery Lincoln!
What’s the catch? Altadena is still considered too tucked in for some buyers, but some may see that as a bonus.

What to expect with a $600,000 – $700,000 budget: This price point is the entry level for many first-time homebuyers making it one of the most competitive in Los Angeles. Most homes will be hovering just above or below 1,000 sq ft and will likely need a little work. It looks like bidding wars in areas like Pasadena and Altadena have picked up but not quite to the frenzied level of the Eastside (yet).
It’s not unusual for homes to go $50,000 or more over their asking price. Depending on the level of finishes and what neighborhood you’d like to be in, it’s safe to shop about $50,000 – $100,000 under budget to give yourself wiggle room for bidding wars ,closing costs, and unexpected repairs. 

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SOLD: 2432 Arthur St in Glassell Park

2432 Arthur St Glassell Park

Congrats to my first-time buyer who scored this sweet 2bd/1ba Spanish fixer at 2432 Arthur St in Glassell Park for $600,000! This home has so much potential with its original hardwood floors, large windows, built-ins, and barrell ceilings – it’s no wonder it received 6 offers within its first 3 days on the market.

The location is prime – she’ll have hillside sunset views from the master bedroom and backyard plus she’ll be a short jaunt over to Division 3, Habitat, Lemon Poppy Kitchen, Verdugo Bar, and the Glassell Park pool. Best of all, it has the most coveted feature of 2017; a bonus basement conversion into a 1bd/1ba apartment that can either be used with it’s own private entrance (ideal for short-term rental income) or incorporated into the rest of the home via a staircase from the living room, almost doubling the 900 sq ft assessed square footage.

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SOLD: 1406 E. Mountain St in Glendale

Congratulations to Glendale’s newest homeowners Nate, Perrine, Julia, Elsa, and Charlotte!

Nate & Perrine’s Wishlist:

  • Glendale. Specifically Rossmoyne. Specifically the Rossmoyne Historic District and more specifically something walkable to Nibley Park.
  • A character home: Ideally a Spanish-style home, but definitely something with hardwood floors and character accents like wood moulding and coved ceilings.
  • 3 bedrooms: 2 bedrooms and a bonus room were a consideration, but with twins having 3 or more bedrooms would be ideal
  • Something needing a little work is ok. No major fixers but a home needing some kitchen/bath updates or some “weekend project” level updates is ok

Our first hurdle was timing; we started looking in the fall when inventory in Glendale was pretty low followed by the notoriously quiet holidays. Glendale has great schools and subsequently plenty of families with kids who aren’t looking to make any big moves after the school year begins. Thankfully Nate & Perrine were understanding and patient from the start, knowing that this search might take a minute and willing to wait if needed.

Finding a character home in Glendale is no problem. Especially Rossmoyne, which is almost exclusively gorgeous old Spanish style homes. The problem wasn’t finding a character home – it was finding one that was for sale then finding one for sale under 1 million. Families (rightfully) hold on to these homes for many generations, so as you can imagine when one hits the market it’s usually snatched up for a high price at lightning speed, often to a cash buyer with few to no contingencies.

This one was a challenge and I couldn’t be more grateful for Nate & Perrine’s patience and understanding as we consistently found ourselves outbid by cash buyers. They were putting in generous offers on homes that were technically too small for them but they were so desperate to get into something they wanted to give it a shot – and even then getting outbid by cash buyers.

The day 1406 E. Mountain St came on the market we all saw the listing and frantically texted eachother at the same time. I think this could be the one! It was perfect – it’s big with lots of character, it needed work but not too much work, and it’s walkable to Nibley Park. I went to every open house to make sure the listing agent knew us and would recognize Nate & Perrine’s names when they came attached to the offer. I texted him obsessively checking in daily (sorry about that Albert!). They wrote a love letter to the seller, offered significantly over asking, and were outbid by a cash buyer. Again.

But this story has a happy ending, because as you can see in the photo above there they are standing in front of their beautiful Rossmoyne Historic District home! Their offer didn’t initially get accepted but it did get them into backup position #1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – 1/3 of homes fell out of escrow in the past year in Los Angeles. BACKUP POSITION IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO BE.  Turns out the original cash buyer never sent their deposit and the escrow rolled over to Nate & Perrine just a few days later. That was the best phone call I’ve made this year – I love a happy ending. Congrats again Nate, Perrine, Julia, Elsa, and Charlotte!