9 Insane Homes You Won't Believe Are Under $1 Million

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Sure, New York's pizza might be better; and the Big Apple definitely has us beat in public transportation. But, when it comes to affordable real estate, L.A. has always trumped NYC — until recently. These days, it’s hard to open the L.A. Times without reading about the dramatic rise in price per square foot — particularly in homes in the trendier neighborhoods. In fact, L.A. snagged two spots on Redfin’s recent list of the nation's 30 most competitive neighborhoods to buy a home: Silver Lake clocked in at No. 5, and Highland Park at No. 11.
It may be a seller's market, but we believe you should still be able to buy a great house for less than a million bucks. (Call us crazy.) We scoured sites like Zillow and Trulia to find nine incredible L.A. pads that fit the bill. Let the bidding wars begin!
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Neighborhood: DTLA
Address: 1855 Industrial Street #112
Price: $998,000
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Located in one of the coolest neighborhoods in all of L.A., this ground-floor toy loft (with one bedroom and one bath) has lots of light, high ceilings, and its own private entrance. If you're looking for industrial charm, this is an extremely rare find. Did we mention that the building also has a rooftop pool, a gym, and parking spaces?
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Neighborhood: Marina Del Ray
Address: 4341 Redwood Avenue #2
Price: $805,000
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This two-bedroom town home is newly renovated — and it shows. Seriously, take a look at that kitchen! Skylights galore, a private patio, and an inviting open-plan space make this one particularly great for entertaining.
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Neighborhood: Highland Park
Address: 529 Marie Avenue
Price: $679,000
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The best part about this three-bedroom Highland Park gem is the sweeping views, which can be enjoyed from almost every room in the place. Also, it's in Highland Park.
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Neighborhood: Altadena
Address: 1167 East Loma Alta Drive
Price: $850,000
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Fans of mid-century modern: freak out. Perched above the Altadena hills, this extremely secluded, three-bedroom home offers a well-appointed, timeless escape from the city. The pool's not bad, either.
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Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Address: 1334 North Coronado Street
Price: $765,000
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This charming three-bedroom home was originally built in 1921, and has all the hallmarks of traditional L.A. architecture from that era. It's also got all the modern updates you'd expect for a cool million (think: a full chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances).
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Location: Hollywood Hills
Address: Contact listing agent.
Price: $949, 000
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If you’ve always craved a classic Spanish Bungalow in the Hollywood Hills, consider this your lucky day. This one features two bedrooms, two baths, plus an enclosed patio (currently used as an office). A newly renovated guest unit means you'll be the preferred host for all your nearest and dearest.
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Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Address: 3637 Effie Street
Price: $795,000
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The sleek appeal of this loft-like abode is obvious, but we'd be doing you a disservice if we didn't mention two of its extremely cool features: a private indoor recording studio and a backyard fire pit.
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Photo: Courtesy of Westside Estate Agency.
Neighborhood: Malibu
Address: 29500 Heathercliff #242
Price: $885,000
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As if 1,850 square feet in Malibu wasn't enough, a Jacuzzi on the deck and unobstructed ocean views throughout the house are the icing on the cake for this two-bedroom stunner.
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Neighborhood: Long Beach
Address: 7108 Rosebay Street
Price: $769,900
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Boasting a whopping three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this Long Beach home epitomizes classic California cool. Built in the '50s, the one-story house has a massive pool in the backyard that looks like it belongs in Slim Aarons' Poolside Gossip series — and, who knows, maybe it does?
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