Century (1 Century Drive)

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Century (1 Century Drive)
The Century-LA-Exterior.jpg

A snapshot of Century in Los Angeles
Building Information
Architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Number of Units 140
Number of Floors 42
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C2-2-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Century City district of Los Angeles is one of the most renowned areas of the city. One reason is its stellar economy; many large businesses and corporations call it home, including some large Hollywood studios. Its proximity to Hollywood itself is yet another reason, with many rich and famous stars passing through the city on a regular basis. Some do it so often, they even end up owning a temporary home there.

The nameplate that greets visitors

Indeed, the homes themselves may very well be the biggest reason of all for Century City's reputation - the area is home to a myriad of luxury residences, many being high-rises that seem to spear the sky. Century happens to be one of these high-rises, and there is no doubt that it really epitomizes the kind of living experience people expect from Century City.

Constructed in 2008, Century is a 42 floor tower with 140 units available for sale and rent.[1] Designed by the famous Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Century is a handsome, elegant building, with a generous selection of amenities that befits the luxurious surroundings it inhabits.

Its prime location in the heart of Century City makes it ideal for those who want access to some of the best that Los Angeles has to offer. As an added bonus, it is registered with the United States Green Building Council, meaning that special care was taken to ensure that it would be environmentally friendly - something still somewhat uncommon even in today's age, but almost unheard of three or four decades ago.

When one takes its amenities, location, and pedigree into account, it becomes clear just why Century is among one of the most prominent residences in the city. While it may only appeal to a limited segment of the population due to the cost, that specific segment will certainly have its reasons to take a long look at Century.



Location

The headquarters of 20th Century Fox

Located on a private four acre parcel of land in Century City, Century finds itself among some of the finest panoramic views that Los Angeles, to say nothing of the excellent shopping, cuisine, and golf courses that beckon nearby.

A key financial district of the city, many corporations house their headquarters there, with the most prominent client being 20th Century Fox; to this day, Fox Plaza remains in Century City, with its executives running the company from high up in the glass tower.

There are of course many boutiques and stores nearby to sate the material desires of the most ardent shopaholics, and there is an excellent selection of restaurants near Century as well.[2]

Ownership of a car is not a strict necessity at Century, although it may help; daily errands are capable of being completed without the aid of a vehicle, a statement backed up by its excellent walk score rating of 92/100. The area is serviced by public transit as well, though with only eight bus stops and no light rail option the coverage may be somewhat limited. One could also purchase a bike and use it to get around, assuming one does not mind navigating the road with little assistance, as there are minimal bike lanes present.[3]

Construction

A typical kitchen

Designed by notable architect Robert A.M. Stern, Century's architectural pedigree is certainly reflected in its exterior. A primarily concrete structure like many of its contemporaries, Century has a number of touches to set it apart from the norm design-wise.

From the glass awning in the front, to the three fountains directly in front of the entrance, to the careful placement of the windows to give its symmetrical design some life, Stern managed to make Century its own unique entity without going overboard on bold design choices.

Of note is the generous courtyard and large amount of open space present; there is no doubt that excellent use was made out of the four acre tract of land that Century was built on.

Layout and Features

Century offers its residences in a variety of configurations, ranging from two bedroom, three bedroom, and four bedroom units, with a limited selection of town homes as well. Surprisingly, there are no one bedroom options available, meaning that Century is probably best suited for couples or growing families.

With that said, the 140 units on offer are quite spacious, with the smallest examples measuring in at 2400 square feet and the largest residences measuring in at a whopping 10000 square feet.[4]

The residences come with luxurious standard features, such as marble floors, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, fireplaces, balconies, and private concierge closets.

Floor Plans

Century unfortunately does not currently have floor plans available for public viewing. For people who want to have a look at what the building has to offer, however, there is video footage which shows off most of its highlights.

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

Amenities

Some of the amenities that Century has to offer include:

  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine cellar
  • Children's playroom
  • Guest suites
  • Private screening room
  • Concierge



Bylaws

Century (1 Century Drive) Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Century is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are permitted

Sustainability

As it was built in 2008, Century had a lot more attention paid to sustainability and green living than many of its neighbors. In fact, it is registered with the United States Green Building Council, meaning that it is energy efficient, the materials used in its construction were sustainable, and it employs water conservation measures.

To add to this, residents can take their own measures to help the environment, such as recycling regularly and reducing unnecessary electricity use.

Trivia

  • Other buildings in their portfolio include the Federal Reserve Bank in Georgia and two new residential colleges at Yale, the largest building commission in New Haven's history
  • Design-wise, Stern is a primarily a postmodern architect, with Century's design reflecting this
  • Was the center of controversy concerning Candy Spelling, television producer Aaron Spelling's widow; upset about some amenities that were supposed to be in place but were not, she launched a lawsuit despite not living in Century at the time[7]

References

  1. Top LA Condos
  2. Wikipedia - Century City
  3. Walk Score
  4. LA Condo Domain - Century
  5. Century on Youtube
  6. Wikipedia - Robert A.M. Stern
  7. LA Curbed - Candy Spelling lawsuit


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