A long time ago, I asked for feedback about where to look for housing under $400k in central L.A. The common opinion seemed to be nowhere, but I’m here as proud owner of a new house to tell you that’s bullshit. Get a good agent (I used Brock Real Estate), make it clear what you’re looking for, and be realistic and patient. Something will come up. Now that I’m done, I can safely share the list of zip codes that I compiled for my agent without fear of having to battle any of you for a place. You might not dig all of these neighborhoods (and some of them, like 90019, are spotty so you’ll need to pay special attention to where the listings are), but I think they’re all liveable and some of them undervalued.
90034 Beverlywood 90232 Culver City 90019 Mid-Cityish 90027 Los Feliz 90026 Silverlake/Echo Park 90065 Glassel Park/Cypress Park 91205 Atwater Village 91204 " 91203 Glendale 91210 " 91202 " 91207 ? 90041 Eagle Rock 90042 Highland Park 90029 Melrose Hill
Also, spend a weekend driving through the neighborhoods you’re interested in, looking at properties yourself. You may have an agent, but that doesn’t mean you should sit on your ass. And while I’m at it, I should point out that Eagle Rock is a total hidden gem. A lot of people told me that it was all tapped out, but we found a number of good properties there. The community is awesome.