The San Fernando Valley offers a suburban lifestyle with big-city amenities. While some neighborhoods hold more clout than others, the 260-square-mile stretch beyond the Cahuenga Pass is often celebrated for its reputable public schools, hidden-gem eateries and central location.

If you’re hunting for a newly-built home with ample square footage, two or more bedrooms, and an attached garage for under $1.5 million, there are a handful of infill and small lot developments to consider. Here we’ve rounded up four projects in Universal City, Valley Village, North Hollywood and Studio City that should be on your radar.

1. Thirty Four Fifty West

Developer: BLDG Partners
Neighborhood: Universal City
Priced from: $975,000

Thirty Four Fifty West is all about that modern industrial feel. This collection of three-story residences showcases 18-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed beams, hardwood floors, and chef’s kitchens with premium Bosch appliances. Choose from two- and three-bedroom floorplans featuring two-car tandem garages, flexible lofts, and private balconies or decks.

The community touts stylish, open-air amenities such as a covered outdoor living space with a fire table and an alfresco dining area with a barbecue, six-seater table, high-top bar and sofas. For four-legged residents, there’s a tree-lined dog park and walking paths. Thirty Four Fifty West is conveniently located in Universal City and provides easy connections to Studio City, Burbank and Hollywood.

2. Gate 26

Developer: IHP Capital Partners and Williams Homes
Neighborhood: Valley Village
Priced from: $777,340

Gate 26 offers three-story single-family residences at attractive price points. A mere five-minute walk from the Metro G Line and less than a mile away from three major freeways, this gated community is well-positioned for commuters. Plus, the nearby NoHo Arts District is dotted with live theatre venues, contemporary art galleries, comedy clubs, laid-back restaurants and craft beer bars.

The homes at Gate 26 are airy and inviting with brightly-painted front doors, contemporary kitchens, oversized windows, and relaxing primary bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets. Ranging from 1,192 to 2,089 square feet, there’s a floorplan to fit your specific needs, complete with an attached two-car garage, private outdoor space, and an enclosed den that could be converted into a home office or fitness studio (as per plan).

3. Genre Noho

Developer: DB Builders Inc.
Neighborhood: North Hollywood
Priced from: $839,000

The homes at Genre Noho exude California cool with their soaring ceiling heights, large picture windows, open-air balconies, iron stair railings and designer-selected light fixtures. Spanning four floors, including a roof deck and loft workspace, each residence boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

Situated at the nexus of North Hollywood and Burbank, the development is close to film studios, the NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood Recreation Center, Downtown Burbank and the Chandler Bikeway.

4. Tujunga 8

Developer: WJK Development
Neighborhood: Studio City
Priced from: $1,395,000

4425 North Studio Place is one of only eight four-bedroom homes at Tujunga 8, a luxury infill project in family-friendly Studio City. The neighborhood is renowned for its walkable streets, delicious restaurants, and the highly-rated Colfax Charter Elementary School, located just minutes away from the development.

This bespoke residence is outfitted with European oak wood flooring, 10-foot-ceilings, smart home technology, and a built-in, surround-sound speaker system. The four-and-a-half bathrooms were designed with relaxation in mind and are appointed with LUX designer tile, Restoration Hardware vanities, bold light fixtures and metal-framed mirrors. Meantime, the open-plan kitchen is primed for entertaining with Italian-imported Bertazzoni appliances, including a 36-inch master series gas range, two-toned cabinets, and a waterfall edge island with seating for four.

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