Let me know if you need help to look in to more better and quiet areas of Glendale.
You are absolutely right. Units built years ago did not require any specific parking when they were made. Current zoning laws are correcting that by requiring appropriate spaces per unit. But with older condo projects grandfathered in, it is really hard to park in some areas.
There is another reason as well. Glendale is an older city and back in the day most families had one car. Now both mom, pop, as well as teenagers all have their own vehicle. I know one family consisting of the mom, pop and 3 boys. They have 6 cars.
Other areas are more forgiving for parking. Burbank, Montrose, La Crescenta and others have fewer older condo project and so, therefore, have more parking. If you need help looking in some of those areas, I would be happy to let you know what streets to drive by to take a look for yourself.
A lot of these townhomes, especially the newer ones, were built over land that was a large single family home tore down to make room for the townhomes. The neighborhoods weren't made to have this many townhouse structures and buildings pop up in one neighborhood. Where a SFR might have 2 or 3 cars per lot/house, by building these 8-12 unit buildings in that same locations you now have 16-36 cars on that street now.
That is also a factor in the pricing because there are townhomes above Glenoaks in the 91207, 91201, and 91202 that sell for higher prices due to the fact that those neighborhoods are primarily single family homes with fewer apartment structures, less congestion, and plenty of street parking.
We actually have a couple of listings like that currently and more coming soon, so feel free to contact me to get added to our priority buyer list and be the first to know about them before they go on the MLS/Market.