2020 is projected to be a monumental year for South Los Angeles. SoFi Stadium, the future home of both the Rams and the Chargers, is slated to open in July and the Crenshaw/LAX light rail transit line will embark on its inaugural ride around the same time. To no one’s surprise, home prices in the area have skyrocketed, particularly in Inglewood where the median home price jumped 63 percent from 2014 to 2018.
While the idea of living close to an NFL stadium that will host the Superbowl in 2022 fills me with dread (think of the traffic!), proximity to the Metro Rail system is a huge plus. The 8.5-mile line will run from Aviation/LAX, where it connects to the Metro Green Line, all the way up to Expo/Crenshaw station, where it connects to the Metro Expo Line.
In the market for a turn key home in an up-and-coming neighborhood with easy access to transit? Look no further than these seven approachably-priced condos, townhomes and single-family homes within reach of the new Crenshaw/LAX Line.
1. 329 E Hazel St # A, Inglewood, CA 90302, $785,000
What this new-build townhouse lacks in charm, it makes up for in space. Sure, it’s builder-basic, but you could do cartwheels in that open-concept kitchen, living and dining area! With three bedrooms and four bathrooms spread out over 2,087 square feet, it’s a great option for a growing family. The future Downtown Inglewood station is a breezy, 11-minute walk from the doorstep of Unit A.
2. 237 W Kelso St, Inglewood, CA 90301, $679,800
On the opposite end of the charm scale is 237 West Kelso Street, which delivers all the cozy cottage vibes. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family home was built in 1939 and has been tastefully renovated. I’m particularly fond of the tray ceilings in the living and dining rooms and the eye-catching tile kitchen backsplash. Walk or bus to the future Downtown Inglewood station in about 15 minutes.
3. 620 W Hyde Park Blvd UNIT 114, Inglewood, CA 90302, $415,000
If a clean and modern condo is more your speed, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit may be just what you’re looking for. The kitchen has been fully renovated and there’s a large outdoor patio with enough room for a sectional sofa. Marble flooring in the guest bathroom and designer light fixtures help to sweeten the deal. Hop on an electric scooter and arrive at the future Downtown Inglewood station in roughly six minutes.
4. 3316 W 76th St # 3/4, Los Angeles, CA 90043, $339,000
First-time buyers on a budget will want to check out this two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo that’s only a 10-minute walk from the future Fairview Heights station in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Situated just west of Crenshaw Boulevard, the unit has been freshly painted and boasts new laminate flooring throughout.
5. 3130 W 67th St, Los Angeles, CA 90043, $529,000
Typically when I see a home that’s an obvious flip I’m like “Thank U, Next” but this beauty comes with a fenced-in yard and has some trendy tile moments. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family home spans 938 square feet and features a long driveway for families with multiple vehicles. Connect to the future Fairview Heights station by bus in eight minutes flat.
6. 2712 Southwest Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043, $525,000
Act fast! This Pinterest-perfect two-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family home is now accepting backup offers. Built in 1927, the Spanish-style residence is characterized by a show stopping fireplace, an arched picture window, and a relaxing master retreat with a walk-in closet and ensuite bath. It’s a bit of a trek on foot to the future Fairview Heights station (21 minutes), but you could bike there in five.