Why Are People Buying Outside of Downtown Los Angeles? And What Are They Buying?

Buying a Real House – Loft Buyers Who Chose Single Family Homes

As prices in Downtown Los Angeles have already surpassed everyone’s expectations, and still continue to grow quickly, the average buyer can no longer afford the typical price in Downtown LA.  Over the last month, the lowest price loft in the Arts District was a whopping $850,000 (today there is a steal on a Barker Block loft with plenty of light and view for a mere $629,000). No longer a bargain basement of abandoned industrial buildings adopted by starving artists, Downtown is now a luxury neighborhood, a place of upscale urban vibe that offers real lofts, concrete, brick and authentic Downtown dining and entertainment experiences that you cannot find in West L.A.

With the $600,000s being the new floor price for Arts District lofts, more buyers in the $250,000 to $500,000 range are now looking at neighborhoods outside of Downtown for the right price on cool condos in fun neighborhoods.  When a prospective Downtown loft buyer ends up purchasing in a different neighborhood, they often still continue to aspire to eventually buy in Downtown. For those who cannot buy a Downtown dream loft today, buying a nearby condo or house is a stepping stone to allow the amazing dream loft to come true in the future. Buying in another great neighborhood protects the buyer from home price inflation. By owning another great home, the prospective loft buyer benefits from the higher prices, while most renters fall further behind the price curve.

Eager to get a better deal, they purchased homes located in the neighborhoods roughly between Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. They mostly chose houses with open concept kitchen-dining-living rooms, yet having traditional bedrooms with doors. Here’s what they have been buying instead when they did end up buying a Downtown lofts that they originally looked at:

Pico-Union Neighborhood Adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles

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This newly rebuilt house is a lofty-little 2-bedrom with bonus room. Just 5 minutes to Downtown, the living area is open-concept with high ceilings and real wood beams all for about $100,000 less than comparable Downtown lofts.

Melrose Hill, East Hollywood Neighborhood – Five Minutes to Fun Hollywood Nightspots

Modern renovated small 2-bedroom single family home in East Hollywood, minutes to unlimited fun and excitement of Hollywood.

Hancock Park Condo

Walk to dining and shopping on Melrose.
This clean. affluent neighborhood is a quick walk to dining and fun shops on Melrose.

Glassell Park 3-Story House with Views of Griffith Park

Unable to find a large enough loft with balcony and view, the buyer opted instead to purchase this Mt. Washington 3-story house with pool, 2-car garage and grand vista of Griffith Park.
Unable to find a large enough loft with balcony and view, the buyer opted instead to purchase this large, Mt. Washington 3-story 3-bedroom house with pool, 2-car garage, entertainment room, grand vista of Griffith Park, and lots of windows and skylights.

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