I would encourage you to consider Mar Vista, West Los Angeles or Beverlywood and Beverlywood adjacent at this time. I believe that you will find a lovely home that will fit your budget.
I have looked through the active listings on the MLS. There are 5 listings in Cheviot Hills, 1.2 or under, that have either pools or huge backyards. I looked in BH and BHPO. There were 8 listings below 1.2. All but 1 have minimal backyards. Most of them have big hillsides behind them. The one exception is on Benedict Canyon and has a pool.
Cheviot Hills as follows;
2646 Westwood, 10570 Troon, 2720 Dunleer Pl., 3326 Shelby, and 2846 Glendon.
Hope this helps.
If you want to search a free MLS I have one on my website. No registration is required so you can just jump on and stear searching.
I am an agent at Coldwell Banker, Brentwood. I specialize in Westside Real Estate and know the areas and pricing very well. There are many great areas on the Westside of Los Angeles where you can find a home for less the $1.2 million. Without really knowing you, it would be difficult to determine which areas best suit your needs.
As far as financing is concerned, I can put you in contact with several reputable mortgage brokers who can tell you the best way to structure financing for your home purchase.
If you are interested in learning more about specific residential areas on the Westside, I would be glad to meet with you and get to know you and exactly the type of home you would like to purchase.
Aaron Mirsky, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Brentwood
We can show you the numbers and at same time show you what is available in your desired area(s). We can go over the list of properties available and determine what you would like to go visit personally.
If this meets with your approval or if I can help in any way please contact me!
All the best,
Boy, are you entering the market at the right time. Prices in all areas are normalizing and you will be able to get a whole lot more home for your money than you would have been able to get a few years ago. The areas you are looking at are great.
Suggesting other options is somewhat difficult without knowing what you need beyond the basics. A good agent should sit down with you and find out all of your needs including what an acceptable distance from work would be for you. It would also be a good idea to talk about everything from layout of the home to whether you prefer a more suburban environment or an oasis within the city.
I would love to sit down and talk with you about what you are looking at and what you are looking for. Having grown up in the South Bay, lived in the Fairfax district (right near Melrose) and ultimately in the Hollywood Hills, I know the areas pretty well :-).
Feel free to give me a call or drop me an email. (Tisza(at)HomesByTisza.com) I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Tisza Major-Posner, Realor, Keller Williams (213) 392-4084 or (909) 837-8922