Century Towers

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2222 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles

Century Towers
Century-LA-Exterior.jpg

An snapshot of the dual Century Towers, located in Los Angeles
Building Information
Developer S. Jon Kreedman & Co
Architect I.M. Pei
Number of Units 331
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 1964
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2222 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R4-1L-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Built in 1964 by Alcoa Properties and designed by famous architect I.M. Pei (best known as the designer of the Pyramide du Louvre in France), Century Towers are nothing if not a striking place to call home. Located on a whopping six acres of land and originally constructed as apartments, the two towers were eventually converted into luxury condominiums by S. Jon Kreedman.[1] Luckily for the residents and the neighborhood at large, the choice was made to change little if any of Pei's styling, thus keeping the twin buildings the way they were. The result was the creation of the largest luxury condominium complex in Los Angeles, a position it still holds today.

In terms of structure, the towers are identical, with both buildings being 27 stories tall with the sum unit count of both being 331. The twin buildings stand proudly, separated only by a large, open courtyard and a large fountain. Located in the heart of an affluent business district in Los Angeles and serving some of the city's elite, Century Towers offer prospective residents an almost unsurpassed upscale living experience, with the bonus prospect of getting the chance to lay eyes on some of Hollywood's rich and famous as they conduct their business in the City of Angels.

Location

The neighboring Fox Plaza, home of 20th Century Fox

Century Towers is located in Century City, an affluent business district of Los Angeles known for containing many offices and firms connected to the entertainment industry. For instance, 20th Century Fox has its headquarters in Century City, and MGM called Century City home until 2011.[2] An upcoming attraction for residents would be the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a little over a mile away from Century Towers and due to be completed in the summer of 2013. For residents who enjoy golf, the Rancho Park Golf Course is also near.

There are a number of restaurants and boutiques nearby, many of them within easy walking distance. Also nearby are multiple schools and other assorted services. While there is public transit available, it is only limited to bus stops; Century Towers does not have any light rail system or metro line servicing it. The terrain is fairly flat, however, so both walkers and cyclists alike will have little problems exploring the area.[3]

Construction

Designed by I.M. Pei, the twin Century Towers have a distinct modernist influence to their appearance. Something that the towers share with a few of his other works. The towers themselves are traditionally constructed, with less metal and glass on the outside compared to neighboring high rises. The result is a set of buildings that look elegant without being overdone, a difficult balance to achieve.

The area surrounding the tower was utilized quite effectively as well, with Pei using the open space to create a large outdoor foyer between the dual structures, complete with a fountain as the crowning touch.[4]

Layout and Features

Units in Century Towers range from 820-2170 square feet

The units at Century Towers come in one, two, and three bedroom configurations, with the smallest being 820 square feet and the largest being 2170 square feet. A number of residents have combined units, as well. An interesting note is that Century Towers also offers smaller spaces that can be used for quarters for any hired help they may have; alternatively, they can also be used as powder rooms or storage rooms.

Unit features include stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and marble floors. Other features include walk-in closets and balconies.

Floor Plans

Currently, Century Towers does not offer floor plans for public viewing. There is, however, video footage of the building's various amenities, allowing people a glimpse of what living there might be like.

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

Amenities

Century Towers offers its residents a full range of amenities, such as:

  • Valet parking
  • Doorman
  • Tennis courts
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Fitness center
  • Storage lockers

Bylaws

Century Towers Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Residents are allowed one spayed/neutered dog or cat, 25 pounds or less
  • There is no age restriction on residents

Sustainability

Century Towers unfortunately cannot count itself among the myriad of green structures that exist today. Residents, of course, can take their own measure to help the environment by recycling and opting to walk or bus instead of driving.

Trivia

Shot of Century Towers from Charlie's Angels
  • Famous residents have included Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, and others
  • A filming location for the Charlie's Angels television series[6]
  • The nearby Fox Plaza was a filming location in the movie Die Hard
  • Though the actual floor count is 27, the buildings officially have 28 floors; the discrepancy comes from the intentional omission of the 13th floor

References

  1. Century Towers on Wikipedia
  2. Century City on Wikipedia
  3. Walk Score
  4. Residence section on official site
  5. Century Towers on Youtube
  6. Century Towers on charliesangels.org

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