655 Hope

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655 South Hope Street, Los Angeles

655 Hope
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655 Hope's distinctive green and glass facade
Building Information
Developer SECK
Architect Van Tilburg, Banvard and Soderbergh
Management Company SECK
Number of Units 80
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1964
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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655 South Hope Street, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit About one block
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C2-4D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

655 Hope was originally constructed as an office building and offers a unique architectural aesthetic. While the building may not have taken off as a business hub, its residents benefit from plenty of parking on-site.

Originally built in 1964, the building was redeveloped as a condominium in 2008 and offers residents the convenience of an address in downtown Los Angeles' Financial District. [1] [2] [3]

Location

655 Hope is located in Los Angeles' Financial District. The District is home to corporate offices, hotels and a number of other service-based industries[4]

The building offers a prime location for sports fans, less than a mile from the Staples Center, home to the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, as well as the NHL's Kings. For baseball fans, it is only 2.5 miles away from Chavez Ravine.

There are a number of markets and restaurants near 655 Hope offering residents plenty of choice, not least of all because it is located on Restaurant Row. There are numerous schools in the area, in addition to a number of parks less than a half-mile away. Little Tokyo and China Town are a mile and a mile and a quarter away respectively.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is a half-mile away and there are a number of boutiques in the area for shopping. Public transit is very convenient, as both the bus and subway are less than 320 feet away from the building's main entrance.[5]

Construction

655 Hope is a unique post-modern building, with a green and glass facade and steel structure. Originally built as an office building in 1964, only 8 stories tall, it was redeveloped in 1985 by Glensler Architects, bringing it to its current 17 stories. It was refurbished, again, in 2008 by SECK Group, this time converting it to living space.[6]

The architect of the redevelopment was Van Tilburg, Banvard, and Soderbergh, a firm that has been very active in the Los Angeles area.[7]

Layout and Features

655 Hope features 1 and 2 bedroom units, ranging in size from just over 600 sq ft to just over 1200 sq ft. Those that like doors may wish to look elsewhere as 655 Hope's units have a completely open floor plan, aside from the bathroom(s), leaving it up to the resident of the unit to decide how to allocate and differentiate space, should that be their choice.

Units have dark wood floors and white walls, providing a stark contrast. Kitchens are fitted with excellent appliances and fixtures, and feature glass tiles, as well as granite counter tops. Units also feature floor to ceiling windows, soundproofing from the outside area and 9-11 foot ceilings.

Bathrooms also feature granite counter tops and glass showers. [8]

Floor Plans

[9] Floor plans may be viewed on the 655 Hope website. See Reference Section below.

Amenities

There are a number of amenities at 655 Hope. These include a fitness center, a business center and can double as a community room, plenty of parking, door service and a rooftop deck, with a wet-bar. Storage is also available. [10]

Bylaws

655 Hope Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No



The building allows pets, doesn't have age restrictions. There are no balconies in the building, limiting one's ability to have a barbecue.

Sustainability

655 is built in one of the most walkable areas of downtown Los Angeles. Easy access to transit, convenient parking (in part, cutting CO2 emissions), walkable markets and green space make this a reasonable choice for the green-minded home owner.

Trivia

655 Hope began its life as an office building in 1964, but by the mid 2000s, it was no longer viable as such.

Sales in this building started off very slow. In 2010, the development company put 45 units in the building to auction in 2008. 30 of them sold in the auction at a rather middling rate - so middling, in fact, the developer chose not to actually sell the units to a number of the buyers. Months later, the building sat empty and only 10 units were in contract, though none could yet be closed due to the low number. [11]

References

  1. Curbed - CurbedWire
  2. Top LA Condos
  3. Adner Group - 655 Hope
  4. Wikipedia - Financial District
  5. Walk Score - 655 South Hope Street
  6. You Are Here
  7. Emporis - 655 Hope
  8. Adner Group - 655 Hope
  9. 655 Hope Floor Plans
  10. Top LA Condos
  11. Curbed - 655 Hope


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