Bunker Hill Tower

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800 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA

Bunker Hill Tower
Bunker Hill-LA-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of Bunker Hill Tower in Los Angeles
Building Information
Architect Robert Alexander
Management Company Seabreeze Management
Number of Units 255
Number of Floors 32
Year Built 1968
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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800 West 1st Street, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit

Bus and light rail service available

region = Los Angeles
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5-4D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Bunker Hill is a name that resonates with many Los Angeles natives. It evokes history in those who hear it, dredging forth still images from eras long gone, with the recurring themes being the development of the hill and the subsequent result of that development, the effects of which are still being felt today.

Needless to say, Bunker Hill Tower has quite a reputation to live up to, especially considering its famous namesake, the many prominent buildings and other pieces of history that stand within it, and the lofty position the neighborhood occupies in both past and present. Constructed in 1968, the 32 story tower is very much a product of its age, with architect Robert Alexander looking to have adhered to the contemporary design conventions of the day.[1]

Fortunately for the residents living in it today, the 1960's influence begins and ends with the exterior. The inside is fully modernized and equipped to handle today's fast paced lifestyle, with a wealth of amenities available for tenant use.

With a prime location in an excellent area, and fully prepared to serve its residents, Bunker Hill Tower more than meets the expectations that have been placed upon it, and would be a worthy choice for anyone seeking to experience life in one of Los Angeles' most historic, sophisticated neighborhoods.



Location

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

Located at 800 West 1st Street in the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles, Bunker Hill Tower finds itself among some very refined company. Bunker Hill is a hill that, before it was developed, separated Downtown Los Angeles from the rest of the city.

In 1867, however, much of the hill's land was purchased by Prudent Beaudry for the purpose of building an upscale subdivision. Banking on the hill's spectacular views as a selling point, he built a series of Victorian style houses at the highest elevation, intended for the city's elite. The passage of time eventually led to the area losing both prominence and residents, but in 1955 Bunker Hill found itself being developed once again, this time by city planners who wanted to revitalize the area.[2]

The result was a renewed area, filled with many sights and attractions that would eventually become renowned in their own right. One example of such a building is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, itself a wing of the legendary Los Angeles Music Center and a must for any music lover. Another would be the main branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The neighborhood is easily traversed, a statement backed up by its Walk Score of 89. There are many shops, restaurants, and services within walking distance of the tower, making ownership of a car a luxury instead of a necessity. Public transit is also a viable option for transportation, with both bus and light rail service being available.[3]

Construction

Los Angeles is known for its high-rises, and Bunker Hill Tower is a prime example of the kind of building that exemplifies the city. The structure is a traditionally constructed condominium with 32 stories, tall enough to tower over many of the buildings nearby.

Though built in 1968, the building underwent a first renovation a decade later in 1978, and kept being subsequently updated with new amenities and modifications. Its concrete and steel structure is solid and robust, and has held up more than admirably over the years, a testament to Robert Alexander's design acumen.

Layout and Features

An example of a living room

Bunker Hill Towers has a grand total of 255 units spread over 32 floors. The units come in a variety of configurations, starting at smaller loft studios then going all the way up to large four bedroom units. In terms of size, the residences start at 481 square feet and end with the largest units being around 3000 square feet.

Units come equipped with floor to ceiling windows, custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, and a variety of other high-end features. Additional features include balconies/patios and ground floor retail.

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans are available from Bunker Hill Tower's page on toplacondos.com; the link may be found in the References section. In addition, there is also video footage of the units available[4] also linked in the References section.

Amenities

A list of amenities that Bunker Hill Tower offers is below:

  • Tennis courts
  • 24 hour patrol
  • Separate fitness centers for men and women
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Communal picnic and barbecue area



Bylaws

Bunker Hill Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Renters are permitted
  • No pets are allowed at Bunker Hill Tower
  • There is no age restriction for ownership
  • Communal barbecue/picnic area is available

Sustainability

Bunker Hill Tower was constructed in an era where sustainability was not as important as it is today; thus, there are very few measures in place to help reduce its impact on the environment. Of course, residents can mitigate that by recycling and watching how much electricity and water they consume, as well as by choosing to walk or take public transit in lieu of driving from place to place.

Trivia

The Angel's Flight Railway
  • Part of the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project
  • Bunker Hill Towers was one of the first buildings to be constructed after Los Angeles' 150 foot height restriction on structures was lifted
  • The area of Bunker Hill was used extensively in the 1940's and 1950's as a film setting
  • Home to the shortest railway in the world, known as Angel's Flight[5]


References

  1. Bunker Hill Tower on toplacondos.com
  2. Bunker Hill on Wikipedia
  3. Walk Score
  4. Bunker Hill Tower on Youtube
  5. Official site of Angel's Flight


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