Barker Block Lofts

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530 Hewitt Street, Los Angeles

Barker Block Lofts
Barker Block Lofts-LA-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Barker Block Lofts in Los Angeles
Building Information
Developer KOR Group
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 297
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 1925
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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530 Hewitt Street, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit Metro rail station nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning M3-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The 297 unit, five floor complex known as Barker Block Lofts originally started life as an ordinary warehouse in Los Angeles. When the decision was made to re-imagine it as a condominium, the decision was also made to keep as much of its classically constructed first incarnation intact.

Not only was this a tremendously environmentally friendly choice, the end result is a structure that pairs decades old brick walls and steel stairs with contemporary, modern touches, leading to a living space that possesses an undeniably eclectic character.[1]

Location

The famed L.A. Live

Barker Block Lofts is located on Hewitt Street, putting it in the heart of the Arts District of Los Angeles. The neighborhood is chock full of boutiques, shops, galleries, and restaurants for the discerning resident, many of which are within convenient walking distance.

In addition, there is a Metro Gold Line station nearby, allowing for easy access to other parts of Los Angeles. Should one be in a driving mood, or wish to take a day to explore outside a region outside the immediate area that is not Gold Line accessible, Barker Block Lofts is within close proximity to freeway access as well.[2]

Other attractions include Los Angeles mainstays such as the Staples Center and L.A. Live.

Construction

There is no doubt that Barker Block Lofts was constructed in the same vein as many of its contemporaries. What makes it unique is the heavy re-usage of those same elements in conjunction with contemporary design choices. For instance, the pairing of rustic hard wood floors with new furniture, or the juxtaposition of polished concrete under the original wooden rafters.

This design choice paid off in many ways, not the least of which was the greatly reduced cost to the renovations; using what was already there kept the developers from spending unnecessarily.

Layout and Features

The view from a unit

The units in Barker Block Lofts range from 820 square feet to just over 3000 square feet, with one and two bedroom configurations being available. The units certainly come well equipped, with Jenn Air stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile for the bathrooms, and black granite and white marble counter tops being some of the features that come standard.

Other features include patios on ground level units, pre-wiring for appliances, and in-unit laundry.[3]

Floor Plans

Barker Block Lofts unfortunately does not currently have floor plans available to the public. The official website, however, does offer videos to the prospective resident which showcase the units and features more than adequately.

[4] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Barker Block Lofts offers a wide range of amenities for its residents, which include:

  • Controlled entry parking with cover
  • 24 hour security
  • Fitness center
  • Rooftop deck with pool and spa
  • On-site retail

Bylaws

Barker Block Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Barker Block Lofts allows rentals
  • It is pet friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • There are barbecues on the rooftop deck

Sustainability

The developers of Barker Block Lofts made a conscious decision to make the structure as green as possible, and that started with the renovation itself. With many preexisting assets from the warehouse being used, there was a large reduction in the amount of resources needed to renovate.

In addition, the stainless steel appliances in the units are all Energy Star rated, and the windows are both insulated and dual glazed, thus reducing the need to use excess energy for temperature modulation.

Finally, due to its location, the residents are within walking distance of any services they might need, thus allowing them to forgo the use of automobiles and cut down on their carbon footprint.[5]

Trivia

A picture of Barker Block Lofts during construction
  • Has an Artist's Alley with artwork from local artists on display
  • The developers, the KOR Group, take pride in sustainable properties
  • Renovation was completed in 2007

References

  1. Official site
  2. Barker Blocks Lofts on toplacondos.com
  3. Barker Block Lofts on la.condodomain.com
  4. Barker Block Lofts videos on official site
  5. Barker Block Lofts on urbanlivingcondos.com

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