I like Mary's answers below about new condos at Sherman Oaks and Studio City.
Harrison K. Long, Coldwell Banker Previews, Irvine, CA.
I have a great condo listed in an upscale building (1980s). The building has gone through recent updating, no deferred maintenance and my listing has just been remodeled and is E X Q U I S I T E !!
And, of course, it has a swimming pool, spa and only 15 units in the building. Check it out for comparison at http://www.ExquisiteCondo.com
Hope this helps! I would be happy to assist you in finding the condo that suits your needs! 818.432.1671
I am not the best person to help you with this question... but I know who is :-) Give a call to my friend and fellow Realtor, Jodie Miller (323)574-2834. As a resident and local area expert in the Valley she can and will be happy to help you sort out what to look at and what might be a waste of your valuable time.
You can get a feel for Jodie by checking out her blog on Active Rain.com. Just search "Profiles" for Jodie Miller and go from there.
Have a wonderful day!
Tisza Major-Posner, Realtor, Keller Williams Claremont/La Verne (909) 837-8922