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Room Inside and Out: Los Angeles’s New Developments Prioritize Spacious Amenities

Los Angeles’s latest crop of luxury condos and townhomes places a priority on private outdoor space, exploiting views with balconies and terraces that bring a breath of fresh air into their design.

“Luxury developments are alive and well in Los Angeles, and they are becoming more opulent, said Sandra Eaton, regional director-West Coast Compass Development Marketing Group. “Buyers are looking for separate entrances, rooftop gardens and rooftop pools and finishes that are exquisite and streamlined.”

Compass’s second quarter report for 2020 noted that units priced at $1.5 million to $3 million in the city’s condo core—Beverly Hills, Beverly Center-Miracle Mile, Century City-Westwood, Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood—increased 6% in value compared to 2019’s average price per square foot.

The report noted that “those who are willing to buy during this time are not finding deep discounts; pricing has remained steady year over year, and has increased, on average, quarter over quarter.”

The Los Angeles market, Ms. Eaton reminded, continues to be driven by a demand that has historically and consistently been stronger than supply.

She noted that because of the halt in construction during the pandemic, “there will be fewer opportunities for buyers as we march forward, because those developments that have not started have taken a step back, which means that again there will be more demand than supply.”

Below are three new developments that have recently launched sales in Los Angeles.

The Corinth; 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990 Corinth Ave.; Sawtelle

This custom-curated collection of four modern townhomes is just around the corner from Sawtelle’s restaurant row.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom boutique townhouses, which are three levels, are each different yet designed to complement each other by employing variations on the architectural theme. Sales launched in March.

They have open-floor plans and are designed so the ground level may be used as a playroom, den or a home office.

Sawtelle, a neighborhood in Los Angeles’s Westside that borders Brentwood and Santa Monica, is a vibrant community with high-end boutiques, nightclubs and mom-and-pop restaurants. It has a small-town, international feel, and many of the residents are young professionals.

Number of Units: 4
Price: $2 million 
Developer/Architect: CLG/Pk Architects
Townhouse Sizes: 2,500 square feet
Amenities: Each townhouse has a private patio, an oversized two-car garage, custom-built closets, oversized showers, separate laundry area and balconies off the master suites and living areas.

The Harland West Hollywood, 702 N. Doheny Drive, West Hollywood

Located in West Hollywood’s so-called Norma Triangle across from Beverly Hills and just south of the Sunset Strip, The Harland West Hollywood is sited on one of the area’s prime spots.

The updated Mid-Century Modern complex, comprised of condo-flats, penthouses and townhomes with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to outdoor terraces, is designed to enhance the indoor-outdoor experience of the quintessential luxurious California lifestyle. Sales launched in February.

Residents of the Harland’s upper units can view Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and Century City from their private rooftop decks.

Made of concrete, steel, glass and wood, each residence is individually designed and has access to nearly 10,000 square feet of common amenities.

The small, tight-knit, walkable neighborhood of Norma Triangle, which is named for its shape and after senior executives of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad Co., is close to nightclubs, shops, restaurants, bars and parks.

It’s home to the Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, which was designed and built for architect Lloyd Wright, the oldest son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Lloyd Wright worked in the studio, which was built in 1927, until his death in 1978.

Number of Units: 37 (11 condo flats and 26 townhomes) 
Price Range: $2 million to $5.5 million
Developer/Architect: DM Development; Faring/OFFICEUNTITLED 
Apartment Sizes: Condo flats: 1,503 to 2,567 square feet; townhomes: 2,556 to 3,135 square feet
Amenities: The complex offers a  gated porte-cochère with attended parking, a 24/7 valet and attended lobby, rooftop decks equipped with gas grills and kitchens on upper units, custom staircases in the townhouses, nine semi-private elevators, outdoor terraces and patios, a fitness center and yoga studio, a screening room, an entertainment lounge, a private dining room and exhibition kitchen, a bespoke two-lane leather-paneled bowling alley, a lushly landscaped open-air courtyard in the center of the complex.

The Huntley, 812 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood

Located in the prime Melrose shopping district of West Hollywood, this elegant boutique collection of five modern luxury residencesis designed for sophisticated living.  Sales launced over the summer.

Each three-bedroom, three-bathroom amenity-rich residence is sited to take in sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Pacific Design Center.

Equipped with large rooftop decks and balconies and completed with designer-quality finishes, the units are as exclusive as the neighborhood they are in.

Number of Units: 5
Price Range: $2.6 million to $3.2 million
Developer/Architect: Emile Kelman/Steve Albert
Residence Sizes: 2,365 to 2,664 square feet
Amenities: Each home has an open-plan great room, window walls, a main suite with a balcony and walk-in closet, a private 800-square-foot rooftop terrace outfitted with an outdoor shower and hot tub, sweeping city views, a private landscaped garden, built-in speakers throughout, a large bonus room, a laundry room, Italian cabinetry, marble countertops, French-oak flooring, two side-by-side parking spaces equipped with electric charging, a finished basement with polished concrete flooring, a patio clad in Italian porcelain limestone and exterior security cameras.