If you are considering a small condo, I assume we are talking 1 bedrooms. There are a lot of options in Encino, North Hollywood, Culver City and Studio City. If you are looking for a 2 bedroom then there are fewer options unless you go out further. North Hollywood has some great options and you have the Metrorail that will take you to Hollywood close by. Encino, Sherman Oaks and Studio City can get to Westwood quite easly via the bus that goes over the Sepulveda pass. Culver City also has a bus up Sepulveda so you could get to Westwood from all those locations within 45 minutes.
1. go to http://www.city-data.com to check out crime rate
2. then go to http://www.dqnews.com/ZIPLAT.shtm to get a rough idea of the price range and price change in the neighborhood.
3. go to realtor.com and pick the cities nearby Westwood and set the price under $300k and only pick the cities that fits your criteria.
You can find very nice condos in Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, Encino and Sherman Oaks in your price range.
Happy House Hunting!
The Chance Team
Keller Williams Realty Studio City
You could look in Culver City or in the valley, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Encino, and Valley Village. I just did a quick search of those areas and found 39 listings below $340,000, 24 below $300,000. Those areas came immediately to mind...but there may be other locations as well...feel free to seach on my website, or contact me if you would like more information!
ps that was pulled from the westside mls, there will be more listings in the valley mls for the valley locations...just didn't have time to pull them all right now.
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