An oft-repeated piece of advice you’ll hear when moving to Los Angeles is “live close to where you work.” But as more companies allow their employees to work remotely, the necessity of renting in a high-priced neighborhood within commuting distance of the office is ebbing away.

If you’re looking to make the transition from renting to owning and want to purchase new construction, the Inland Empire city of Ontario has dozens of options for buyers on a budget. You might just be able to trade in that kitchen table workstation for a bonafide home office! Here are five single-family home communities with prices starting from the high-$400,000s.

1. Cara Pointe at Avenida

Developer: D.R. Horton
Status: Complete, selling
Priced from: $477,990

Whether you prefer a Spanish Revival or Craftsman-style home, Cara Pointed at Avenida has the elevation design for you. There are currently four floorplans to choose from, featuring three or four bedrooms and up to 2,322 square feet of living space. The community boasts a park, tot lot, nature trails, basketball court and barbecue area. There are a number of public schools, grocery stores and big-box retailers nearby, making it a convenient location for busy families.

2. Waverly at New Haven

Developer: Brookfield Residential SoCal
Status: Complete, selling
Priced from: low-$500,000s

Only a handful of move-in ready homes remain at Waverly at New Haven. These four- to five-bedroom residences offer open-concept living, two-car garages, first-floor guest rooms and sumptuous owners’ suites. Residents will enjoy a host of resort-inspired amenities such as a barbecue pavilion, indoor-outdoor bar, swimming pool and children’s playground. Virtual tours of select floorplans are available for those who prefer to tour the homes from the comfort of their couch.

3. Countryside

Developer: KB Home
Status: Construction, selling
Priced from: $525,990

Countryside is a collection of Modern Farmhouse, Spanish Colonial and California Bungalow-style homes with three to five bedrooms and private backyards. There are three floorplans to choose from, characterized by spacious great rooms, island kitchens, separate laundry rooms, and flexible lofts and dens. The development is centrally located, providing easy access to Highway 60, I-15 and I-10, as well as the Ontario International Airport and Metrolink stations.

4. Aurora at Park Place

Developer: Pulte Homes
Status: Construction, selling
Priced from: low-$600,000s

Aurora offers both to-be-built and quick move-in homes within the beautiful master-planned neighborhood of Park Place. The two-story floorplans feature three to six bedrooms, two- to three-car garages and endless options for customization. The Park Place Clubhouse is the community’s state-of-the-art amenity center, featuring a movie theater, multi-purpose room, catering kitchen, 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, a swimming pool and more.

5. Birchley

Developer: Landsea Homes
Status: Construction, selling
Priced from: $566,990

Birchley at ShadeTree touts spacious, two-story homes in a variety of architectural styles, from Modern to Farmhouse and Spanish Revival. Spanning 2,562 to 2,947 square feet, these detached homes are ideal for families in need of room to grow. The floorplans feature welcoming front porches, first-floor owners’ suites, California rooms, walk-in pantries and functional loft spaces (as per plan). All homes are equipped with automation technology to help homeowners lower their monthly utility bills and reduce their environmental impact.

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