I have lived in the San Gabriel Valley most of my life and understand the areas you are looking at very well.
That price range can buy you a home. However, as you are probably aware, most of the homes in this area are older...built in the 1950's and 1960's and will be in various states of aging and repairs.
You will need some patience however....most of these homes are short sales. But there are some standard sales. The key is to find them quickly as they come onto the market and I definitely can do that for you.
If you would like to discuss further your needs and wants in a property, I would be happy to discuss with you.
Please feel free to call or email me.
Axiom Real Estate
My advice is to employ a buyers agent who specializes in the type of transaction you're looking to do