Diplomat

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10350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Diplomat
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An exterior shot of Diplomat in Los Angeles
Building Information
Management Company Diplomat Condominium Association
Number of Units 64
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 1982
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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10350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]R5-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Diplomat's main entrance


The high-rises that dot the landscape of Los Angeles are numerous to the point where one could be forgiven for thinking they were some kind of indigenous species native to the city. Some loom high in the distance, while others are more down to earth. Diplomat falls into the latter category, being one of the more modest residences in terms of unit count, but it more than makes up for in terms of space.

The 19 floor Diplomat was built in 1982, and its 64 units are available for both sale and rent.[1] It is a unique looking building, utilizing several interesting design elements in order to improve its aesthetic appeal both inside and out. Its location in the Wilshire Corridor not only places it among one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the city, but places it near some of Los Angeles' most prominent regions, like Beverly Hills and Koreatown.

As one might expect from a building in such an upscale area, Diplomat offers a range of amenities perfectly suited for enhancing the fast-paced lifestyles of its residents, and there is no doubt that it is more than worthy of its prestigious location.


Location

An aerial shot of Wilshire Corridor

Located on the famous strip of land in Los Angeles known as the Wilshire Corridor (part of the even more famous Wilshire Boulevard), Diplomat is located close to some of the best shopping and cuisine the city has to offer in the form of Beverly Hills. In addition, Wilshire Corridor is quite close to the famed Century City, an area that finds a lot of famous traffic going through it due to many studios and businesses in the entertainment industry calling it home. [2] For instance, the headquarters of 20th Century Fox is still located at Century City. To this day, many other corporations that have also chosen to keep their headquarters there.

Prospective residents should know that ownership of a vehicle, wile not absolutely mandatory, will nevertheless be a significant asset in traveling. While there are some stores and services within walking distance of Diplomat, there are also a fair number that are not.

Luckily, the area has eight bus stops servicing it, giving residents a viable alternative option to the use of a car. Unfortunately, there is no convenient light rail stop close to Diplomat, leaving the bus stops as the only transit options.[3]

Construction

An example of an unfurnished unit

Diplomat is a typical condominium at its core, though one would be hard pressed to tell by looking at the outside. The heavy use of angles in the design not only keep Diplomat from being too bland, it also gives it some unique layouts and allows for interesting storage options in the units themselves.

The heavy use of wall to wall windows is effective in two ways - not only does it let in a wealth of natural light, but it breaks up the color of the exterior, and the resulting contrast makes for an appealing facade.

Layout and Features

The residences at Diplomat come in two main configurations, but surprisingly the typical one bedroom offering is not one of them; Diplomat's 64 units come in either two bedroom or three bedroom variations, meaning that the building is better suited for growing families than for those seeking a single occupancy home. They are, however, quite spacious; the two bedroom units range from 1834 to 2400 square feet, and the three bedroom units max out at around 2600 square feet.

Diplomat's units come well equipped, with some of the features including granite counter tops, hardwood floors, fireplaces, balconies, and the aforementioned wall to wall windows.

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans are laid out below, with the option to view 3D floor plans on the attached page:[4]


Amenities

Some of the amenities that Diplomat offers include:

  • Concierge
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Valet parking



Bylaws

Diplomat Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Diplomat is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents


Sustainability

Like many structures from the 1980s, there is no evidence of Diplomat being particularly sustainable. Thus, it falls to residents to make up for this by reducing their carbon footprint proactively.

For instance, reducing wasteful energy and water use would be an excellent start. In addition, recycling goes a long way toward helping the environment.

Trivia

  • Wilshire Boulevard is named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire, a real estate/mining mogul who started what would eventually become the boulevard by making a path in his barley field
  • Many of Los Angeles' myriad skyscrapers are located along Wilshire
  • J. Paul Getty, the founder of Getty Oil, had a home on Wilshire that was used as a shooting location for the 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard.


References

  1. Top LA Condos - Diplomat
  2. Wikipedia - Wilshire Boulevard
  3. Walk Score
  4. Planomatic - Diplomat


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