In the high-caliber housing market of Los Angeles, every neighborhood has a distinct style, offering a list of pros and cons that can leave even the surest of buyers second-guessing.
Better views lead to longer commutes. Living closer to the action may mean sacrificing space.
The Pitch digs into these differences, pitting properties against each other in a head-to-head format and allowing the listing agents to proclaim why theirs is best.
Less buys more in the up-and-coming neighborhoods around Northeast L.A., and two of the hottest spots are Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Remodeled bungalows and restored Craftsmans fill out the tree-lined streets, attracting deal-seekers, young families and 20-somethings looking to leave Silver Lake and Echo Park.
If you had $800,000 to spare, which would you prefer: a charming bungalow near the bars and restaurants of York Boulevard or a chic Spanish estate with a modernized interior?
Highland Park residence
Past a covered front porch, this updated bungalow built in 1908 boasts hardwood floors, pocketing doors and a grassy backyard with a brick patio. It’s listed by Robert Carey of Compass.
Address: 5680 Baltimore St., Los Angeles, 90042
Specs: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,246 square feet (5,601-square-foot lot)
The agent’s pitch:
This home is the perfect balance. You have the charming 1908 details to the exterior, and the clean, modern updates to the interior. There’s a vaulted ceiling in the living room, a bright white interior and marble counters in the kitchen. It’s staged with three bedrooms, but the side room off the living room has pocketing doors, so you can use it as an office/bedroom or keep the doors open for a larger living area.
Set in the heart of Highland Park, it’s positioned near all of the great businesses on both York and Figueroa, giving you the flexibility to enjoy a peaceful neighborhood while still a few blocks from a hot new restaurant.
Whether you want to see a movie in Pasadena or check out the newest exhibit at the Broad downtown, you’re just a few blocks from the Gold Line that leads to both. Overall, it’s perfect for a new family or one looking to downsize.
Eagle Rock residence
Clay tile, wood accents and a picture window draw the eye from the street before this Spanish-style home opens to a whitewashed floor plan with a stylish kitchen. It’s listed by Michael De Perio and Autumn Davis of Geoffrey & Lee Real Estate.
Address: 4460 Lincoln Ave., Los Angeles, 90041
Specs: Two bedrooms, one bathroom in 968 square feet (4,600-square-foot lot)
The agent’s pitch:
In this completely remastered 1920s Spanish-style home, developer Dossier Capital has meticulously maintained and preserved the original character and charm while updating with modern touches.
The exterior includes a Spanish-style roof, fresh paint, a precious porch and impeccable landscaping. Once inside, you immediately appreciate how open the floor plan is while enjoying the tasteful fireplace that centers the room. The bright, inviting kitchen is complete with quartz countertops, butcher-block shelves and crisp cabinetry. Natural brass accents throughout complete the cohesive feel of this abode.