Knowing the values on modern contemporary is a real sub-specialty. Because the cost for design/ architecture on a modern is generally higher (more expensive fit and finish, etc), the cost per square foot on a modern can be higher than, say, a comparable traditional. In addition, it helps to know the current architects and their work, in assessing real value. The areas you chose are good ones for finding moderns, especially Venice and Santa Monica. Beverly Hills is more difficult, unless you are willing to look at the Post Office. I would also recommend Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Canyon. Yo might also consider the Palisades, if it's not too far. Have you considered a mid century modern or a post and beam?
I've lived in a Nick Berman designed contemporary which was published in the Los Angeles Times and several notable architectural books, and over my 30+ year career have had the pleasure of representing many architectural, modern, contemporary and mid century homes. Most recently I closed a Callas-Shortridge designed home in the Post Office in early December.
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