Lawndale is a small city east of Manhattan Beach that has seen a tremendous amount of appreciation in recent years. Years ago, Lawndale's schools and infrastructure weren't performing well, but in recent years the city has worked hard to improve Lawndale. As a result, there are several great neighborhoods in Lawndale, where you'll find much better value than in the beach cities. Also, there are lots of duplexes where you can get a low downpayment FHA loan, rent out one of the units, and live in the other unit. The areas south of Marine and west of Hawthorne are especially in demand, but there are other desirable parts as well.