Ascent at Warner Center

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21220 Erwin St, Woodland Hills, CA

Ascent at Warner Center
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Ascent at Warner Center
Building Information
Developer KB HOME
Architect Withee Malcolm Architects
Number of Units 191
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
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21220 Erwin St, Woodland Hills, CA
Distance to Public Transit approximately 8 transit routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R3-45/3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Located in an area where single family homes and larger condominiums are prevalent, the 191 apartment Ascent at Warner Center, with its trim urban architecture on a tight infill site near Los Angeles in California’s San Fernando Valley, casts a resort-style vibe on the neighborhood. The distinctive collection of residences combine the convenience of urban living with sophisticated lifestyle amenities.

The Ascent at Warner Center

Dining, shopping and many of the area’s major employers at Warner Center Business Park are within walking distance. The location is just minutes from Highway 101 and Interstate 405, Ascent is in one of the San Fernando Valley’s most accessible locations. The location offers residents access to entertainment studios and other leading Los Angeles area employers via either car or the Orange Line system. Other major companies nearby including NBC Universal, Disney, Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente.

Ascent provides refined amenities amid sophisticated urban architecture. Residents enjoy exclusive access to an onsite, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool and spa with Wi-Fi enabled cabanas, a clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen, entertainment lounge with flat-panel TVs, outdoor lounge with fireplaces, tranquil courtyards with lush landscaping, a full-service concierge and a dog park.

The one and two story units feature one to three bedrooms and up to two-and-a-half baths. Each residence also comes with two parking spots in the controlled access garage. Apartments at Ascent include high-quality finishes and desirable design features such as granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and distinctive cabinet styles and colors.[1]


Location

Ascent at Warner center is located on a 3.1 acre plot within the 1,000 acre master planned community of Warner Center, a business development in the Woodland Hills district of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California.

Warner Center in Woodland Hills
The vision for Warner Center included a plan that would allow 40-story skyscrapers and small retail shops where local residents could walk to buy basic day to day items in an area was previously dominated by national chains and big malls. The long superblocks and six-lane thoroughfares would be 'cut up' by adding paseos and crosswalks to create a more intimate feel for pedestrians.

In 2012 the City Council approved development of the Village at Westfield Topanga, a new Costco, retail and entertainment development that, combined with the existing Warner Center malls, will make one of Southern California's largest shopping complexes. The Village at Westfield Topanga is a mixed-use project designed to be a community destination and gathering place in the heart of the West Valley. The project will include over one million square feet of shops , services and entertainment on 30.67 acres of land within Warner Center. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2013 with a second phase of development slated to be done in 2016.

Also in the area, is the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, a general medical and surgical hospital in Warner Center. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center consists of a 175-bed hospital and serves 2 million residents of the San Fernando Valley. Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Hospital, a non-profit general medical and surgical facility, is operated by Kaiser Foundation Hospital. The hospital had 12,600 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 4,055 annual inpatient and 5,197 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 38,131 visits. Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in the San Fernando Valley, and ranked 13th highest hospital among Los Angeles-area hospitals because of its strength in specialties such as cancer, diabetes, endocrinology, gynecology, orthopedics and urology.[2]

Construction

The attractive, stucco clad, Ascent was a finalist in the Best Mid-Rise Condominium Community category in NAHB Multifamily’s 2011 Pillars of the Industry Awards, which honor excellence in apartment and condominium design.

Coastal SFA Warner Center LLC, an affiliate of KB Home, was the developer of Ascent at Warner Center. KB Home, one of the United States' largest home-builders, has built over half a million homes since its founding in 1957. The Los Angeles based company is distinguished by its Built to Order home-building approach that puts a custom home experience within reach of its customers at an affordable price. KB Home was named to FORTUNE® magazine's 2010 list of the World's Most Admired Companies for the sixth consecutive year, and was the first home-builder listed on the New York Stock Exchange.[3]

To assure that the 191 unit community would have competitive appeal in a market dominated by single-family homes and larger condominiums, Withee Malcolm Architects addressed the design at three levels: modulating the façade to give the contemporary urban architecture a residential sensibility, creating an outdoor public area with a hip resort ambiance, and providing well planned interior layouts that maximize the livability of the smaller spaces in this development.[4]

Construction on the Ascent at Warner Center was halted in 2008 when a fire, sparked by a welding tool, caused significant damage. Construction was resumed in late 2008 and was completed in 2010.[5]

Layout and Features

Each residence features high-quality finishes, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and distinctive cabinet styles and colors and comes with two parking spots in a controlled access two-level garage.


Floor Plans

The Ascent’s one and two story residences range from 661 to 1,336 square feet and up to three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

Amenities

Ascent offers residents a wide range of modern amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines and free-weights; a resort-style pool and spa with Wi-Fi-enabled cabanas; a clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen; an entertainment lounge with flat-panel TVs, billiards and video games; an outdoor lounge with fireplaces; tranquil courtyards with lush landscaping; a full-service concierge; and a dog park.

Bylaws

Ascent at Warner Center Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Ascent at Warner Center is pet friendly, with it's own dog park, allows rental of units and does not restrict the age of residents.

Sustainability

Ascent at Warner Center was not built as a "green" development.

However, residents can live a greener lifestyle by making personal choices such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

There are a number of shops, restaurants, and cafes nearby mean that many day to day errands can be accomplished on foot. Walkscore assigns a score of 71/100 to the building.

Availability of about 8 transit routes and several car shares nearby mean that car ownership can be optional for some residents.[6]

Trivia

Buster Keaton
  • The area was inhabited by Native Americans of the Fernandeño-Tataviam and Chumash-Venturaño tribes for approximately 8,000 years. They lived in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills and close to the Arroyo Calabasas (Calabasas Creek) tributary of the Los Angeles River.] The first Europeans to enter the San Fernando Valley were the Portola Expedition in 1769, exploring 'Alta California' for Spanish missions and settlement locations.
  • The Warner Center Park, also known as Warner Ranch Park, is located in Woodland Hills. The park has a children's play area and picnic tables.
  • Notable residents of the area have included Rick Auerbach, a former Major League Baseball Shortstop; actress Helena Carroll; well known silent film actor and director, Buster Keaton; and actor Jack Klugman.[7]


References

  1. STORYTELLER CAPTION
  2. Wikipedia
  3. KB Home
  4. Withee Malcolm
  5. Curbed LA
  6. Walk Score
  7. Wikipedia


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