Buying a Downtown Long Beach Condo

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Newbie here. I have been very interested in Long beach real estate after going to multiple REIA meetings in my area of Torrance. Ideally I'd like to get a multifamily unit, live in one and rent out the other units. The problem is that I can't afford any that me and my fiancee would actually live in.

We've looked into condos in downtown Long Beach and are excited about all of the construction going on

So we've turned our search into condos in downtown Long beach.  

I've talked to a couple of lenders and my purchase price budget would be max $700k and I'm able to put 10% down.  There's two types of condos in our price range.  Older units in the 300-400k range located west of Pacific and newer units in the 500-700k range.  

My question:  From a purely real estate investment standpoint, is it better to buy something in the lower range that may have a bigger return on investment?

2 bed 2 bath 2 parking spaces with in unit washer dryer located a bock west of pacific $320,000 HOA $220/month

2 bed 2 bath 2 parking space in unit washer and dryer with a gym in the complex located a block or two away from where they are going to build a brand new trader joe's $595,000 HOA $486

Feel free to ask questions, blast me, make fun of me all criticism is welcomed so I can learn.


Sorry, I should have put the square footage the $320k hoa 220 is 867sq ft

the $595k HOA $486 is 1420sq ft

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