Azzurra

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13700 Marina Pointe, Marina Del Rey, CA

Azzurra
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STORYTELLER CAPTION
Building Information
Developer Crescent Heights Inc.
Architect GMP Architects
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 450
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 2002
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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13700 Marina Pointe, Marina Del Rey, CA
Distance to Public Transit Two transit routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C4(OX)-2D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Azzurra and Marina


Azzurra is Italian for "SKY BLUE" and the name suits this 19 story edifice of azure walls and translucent glass that envelopes a superb collection of 450 private Marina Del Rey condominium residences. Apartments range from intimate one-bedroom residences to grand penthouses with over 3,500 square feet of living space. Floor to ceiling clear glass walls create the illusion of total transparency and over sized balconies provide stunning city and marina views that span up to 270º in some residences.[1]

Located in Marina del Rey. Azzurra fits the local flavor of this affluent, unincorporated seaside community in Los Angeles County. A Westside locale, the population was 8,866 at the 2010 census. The building provides wonderful views of Marina del Rey's dominant feature, the Marina itself. It is the world's largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas, a capacity to berth 5,300 boats and serves as home port to approximately 6,500 boats.


Location

Prior to its development as the now famous small craft harbor, the land that makes up Marina del Rey was a salt-marsh fed by freshwater from Ballona Creek and frequented by duck hunters and few others. Some individuals had referred to the area as mud flats, though the more accurate description would be wetlands.

In the mid-19th century, M.C. Wicks considered turning this Playa del Rey estuary into a commercial port. He formed the Ballona Development Company in 1888 to develop the area, but three years later the company went bankrupt. In 1916, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revisited the idea of a commercial harbor at the location, but declared it an economically impractical endeavor. In 1936 the U.S. Congress ordered a re-evaluation of that determination, and the Army Corps of Engineers returned with a more favorable determination; however, the Marina del Rey harbor concept lost out to San Pedro as a commercial harbor and development funding went to the Port of Los Angeles instead.

In 1953, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $2 million loan to fund construction of the marina. Ground breaking began shortly after. When a severe winter storm caused millions of dollars in damage to boats and property in 1962 a plan was put into effect to build a breakwater at the mouth of the marina, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors appropriated $2.1 million to build it. On April 10, 1965 Marina del Rey was formally dedicated. The total cost of the marina was $36.25 million for land, construction, and initial operation. The marina was made famous in country musician George Strait's 1982 hit song "Marina del Rey".

Fisherman's Village and the Marina
Marina Del Rey has several interesting local attractions. The Fisherman's Village is a waterfront shopping mall, commercial boat anchorage and tourist attraction. It is found on the eastern bank of main channel between Shanghai Red's restaurant to the south and the Windward boatyard to the north. Fisherman's Village was conceived and built in the style of a New England fishing village and is made up of five brightly painted wooden buildings, a waterfront promenade, a lighthouse, water fountain and commercial boat docks. Tourist attractions include live music concerts, restaurants and café dining, harbor and fishing cruises, boat and bicycle rentals, a Catalina Island ferry service, souvenir shops, a nightclub and a public water shuttle (harbor ferry) service.

Other local points of interest include Burton W. Chace Park (where the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series is held on Thursdays and Saturdays from June to August), the California Yacht Club, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, the Ballona Wetlands and the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library.[2]

Construction

Azzurra was originally constructed in 2002 as a building of renter occupied units. However, plans were announced in the summer of 2005 to convert the building to owner-occupied condominiums. This concrete building with a glass curtain wall facade houses 450 Units on 19 Floors.

A curtain wall system is an outer shell of a building in which the outer walls are a non-structural element that are designed to keep the elements out. Because a curtain wall is non-structural it can therefor, be made of a lightweight material, reducing construction costs. When glass is used as the curtain wall, as it is at Azzurra, natural light can bathe the entire interior of the building. The curtain wall façade does not carry any dead load weight from the building other than its own dead load weight. The wall transfers horizontal wind loads that are incident upon it to the main building structure through connections at floors or columns of the building.[3]

Wyndham Resort Las Vegas
Azzurra was designed by GMP Architects and developed by Crescent Heights Inc. GMP (Getman Master Planning) Architects have been providing multi-disciplinary architectural services, including Site Analysis, Adaptive Reuse Analysis, Master Planning, Entitlement Services, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents and Construction Administration for over tow decades.

They specialize in providing architectural services for High-Density Residential, Mixed-Use, Transit Oriented Development, Commercial, Senior Living, Hospitality and Retail projects. A recognized leader in architectural design, the firm is seasoned in every aspect of development and construction. Other notable projects include the Avant, a mixed-use project now under construction directly across from the Los Angeles Convention Center in the new Sports and Entertainment district and the Wyndham Resort in Las Vegas.[4]

Layout and Features

The Azzurra is not simply a condominium apartment building but also a gallery of modern art. The building is home to a $2 million collection of fine art with more than 150 art pieces, sculpture and photography from notable artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Alexander, Richard Diebenkorn, Alexis Smith, Billy Al Bengston, Same Francis, Ed Moses, John Altoon, Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha and Dennis Hopper. Their art pieces grace the Azzura's lobby, gathering spaces and public areas. Each residential level is also dedicated to a different artist and every floor transformed into its own private and intimate gallery.[5]

Apartmentas were built with modern and luxurious finishes. Marble adorns the entry and bathrooms while the kitchen sports granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Apartments all have built in washers and dryers.

HOA fees vary from $750.00 to $1,300.00 per month.

Floor Plans

Azzurra features one bedroom apartments ranging in size from 749 to 1,421 square feet, two bedroom units 1,227 to 1,993 square feet in size, and three bedroom apartments that range in size from 2,099 to 2,331 square feet. There are several larger three bedroom, three bedroom and den and four bedroom penthouses ranging in size from 2,099 to 3,571 square feet. Additionally the building houses 16 two level duplex suites. They are available as one or two bedroom units that have either 1,428 or 1,748 square feet of space.

Amenities

The Azzurra is a full service building with valet parking, concierge, banquet room, clubhouse, roof top sky lounge with spa, a media lounge, fitness/Pilates centers, fine art collection, pool and additional spa.

The location in Marina Del Rey is 10 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, 20 Minutes to Beverly Hills, CA and 30 Minutes to downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, residents are within walking distance of the marina and ocean, two Marina del Rey shopping centers, a movie theater and the Lloyd Taber Library.

Bylaws

Azzurra Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed with restrictions
  • Rental of units is allows
  • There are no age restrictions for residents

Sustainability

Azzurra was not built as a "green" building.

Residents who wish to live a more environmentally sustainable life can switch to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycle as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

With a good walk score and several shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, most day to day errands can be accomplished on foot.[6]

Transit, however, is limited in the area with only two bus routes nearby. There are car shares within walking distance should residents not wish to use their car, but find an occasional need for alternate motorized transport.

Trivia

Holiday boat parade
  • Fisherman's Village connects with the Ballona Creek and South Bay Bicycle Trails that combine more than 26 miles of coastal beach riding. Rentals are available from 'Daniel's Bicycle Rental & Sales'.
  • Public 'Open Party' fishing trips are offered twice daily from the docks.
  • The annual 4 July and New Year's Eve fireworks are released from a barge in the main channel near Fisherman's Village. The promenade provides a good vantage point from which to view the display.
  • The Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Festival of Lights) is held the 2nd Saturday in December. Boaters decorate their vessels for the holidays and parade through the Marina to be judged for their creativity by a panel. Fisherman's Village and nearby Burton Chace Park offer the best sites for viewing the parade.
  • Scenes involving The Bluth Banana Stand in the television program Arrested Development were filmed next to the lighthouse in Fisherman's Village. Although set in Newport Beach and Balboa Island, California, the show was primarily filmed in locations around Culver City and Marina del Rey.
  • The dates that occur on the program Blind Date have often been filmed at Shanghai Red's, a restaurant at the far end of Fisherman's Village.
  • The Village was also the filming location for several scenes in the popular Fox TV series, The O.C.


References

  1. Azzurra Website
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wikipedia
  4. GMP Architects
  5. Azzurra Website
  6. Walk Score


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