Los Angeles has one of the most geographically diverse landscapes of any major city in the world. Surrounded by mountains, deserts and the ocean, the geographic options you have when choosing a home are as varied as the landscape. But it is the beach that defines LA in the public consciousness so why not live at the beach?
The obvious answer for most of us is it’s too expensive and/or too far to commute. When I moved to LA from New York City many years ago, everyone we knew suggested we live in Santa Monica. But I worked in Burbank and even back then the rents in Santa Monica were challenging. We settled for Park LaBrea instead.
I am working with a client currently in escrow on a house in Long Beach’s Wrigley area and although there are no ocean views, the house is affordable and because it’s less than 4 miles from the beach, you can certainly feel the sea breeze and the cooler temperature. My client works in Los Feliz and is willing to spend the hour and a half on the Metro's Blue line in order to get the value and beach feel she is looking for.
So what is available with an ocean view in LA that will not break the bank?
To start, look towards Long Beach. For less than $300,000 you can get a small 1 bedroom condo one block from the beach with a balcony that has ocean views. It’s in an older building but the unit has been totally redone.
Too small and not enough amenities for you? Up the coast a bit in Downtown Long Beach you can get a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with ocean views and enjoy the exceptional amenities you deserve for just $525,000.
I hear you say yes, but Long Beach? You don’t think there are any affordable properties with ocean views outside of Long Beach? Well. How about Marina Del Rey. There you can get a 2 bed 2 bath condo, almost 1,600 square feet for just $695,000. You would be hard-pressed to find a large condo like that in Hollywood for the same price.
The marina is not your style? What about Pacific Palisades? For under $700,000 you can get a 1 bed, 1 bath condo with stunning views.
“These condos are OK” I hear you say, “but I have to have a single family home, and you can’t get that with ocean views for under $1,000,000.” Well, not to be argumentative… but you are wrong!
You can snag a 3 bed 2 bath single family home in the Palisades neighborhood of San Pedro for just $677,000. It even comes with a decent public school; South Shores elementary school which has an 895 API score.
All well and good you say, but if I’m moving to the coast, I need to be in Rancho Palos Verdes. What can I get there for under $1,000,000? You got me with that one, but for under $1.2MM you can get a 3 bed, 2 bath home on a large lot with ocean views. You could spend more than that to get a fixer upper in Silver Lake!
If you have been thinking about a change of pace and think you can’t afford the coast, call me. LA Andy May knows all of LA and I can help you find the place that’s right for you.