Home Co-Ownership Taking Root in L.A. Amid Shortage of Affordable Housing

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Real estate agent and developer Christopher Stanley prepares an open house at Hollywood fourplex being sold as a tenancy-in-common development in this undated photo. (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Real estate agent and developer Christopher Stanley prepares an open house at Hollywood fourplex being sold as a tenancy-in-common development in this undated photo. (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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In April, a two-bedroom unit in a 1920s Silver Lake fourplex sold for about $530,000. The Spanish-style home was recently renovated and has a seemingly choice location — a short walk from restaurants on Sunset Boulevard. Still, it sold for about $250,000 less than the median price of a two-bedroom condo in the neighborhood.

A month earlier, another two-bedroom unit, this one in a renovated building in Echo Park a half-mile from the lake, sold for even less: $449,000. It was the cheapest sale in that immediate area all year.

Similar properties are popping up in pricey and gentrifying neighborhoods across Los Angeles, giving the middle class a chance to buy in communities they otherwise would struggle to afford.

But the buyers of such homes aren’t purchasing a condo and won’t actually own their individual unit. They’ll own a share of the larger property.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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