Eastern Columbia Lofts

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849 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Eastern Columbia Lofts

Turqoise Exterior of Eastern Columbia Lofts
Building Information
Developer The Kor Group
Architect Killefer Flammang Architects
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 147
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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849 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Within 200 Feet
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]C5-4D-CDO
Title of Land Condominium



Exterior Clockface at Eastern Columbia

Converted to condominiums in 2006 by The Kor Group, the Eastern Columbia building has a rich history. The well known and easily spotted turquoise building was originally designed by Claud Beelman and opened on September 12, 1930. The initial commercial building took just nine months to finish construction, and was originally the headquarters of the furniture and clothing stores, Eastern Outfitting Company and Columbia Outfitting Company.

Named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1985, Eastern Columbia now serves as a stunning residential building, offering 147 residences. The 13 story building offers spacious, light filled condominiums with contemporary upgrades and classic details. Amenities offered at the building include the sky-high pool deck, common terrace, and fitness studio. The rooftop is set underneath the famous Eastern clock tower, with a leisure terrace that offers residents a place to lounge, swim, and exercise.

Converted by The Kor Group, this development firm is known well for its first project at the Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel in 1998, and tend to blend the modern day environment with the comforts of home in their projects. Continuing to develop an array of boutique hotels and resorts, The Kor Group has received praise in publications like CondéNast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

Eastern Columbia Lofts qualifies under The Mills Act, which is an economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings. The City of Los Angeles adopted the local Mills Act legislation in 1996, and residents at Eastern Columbia receive property tax reductions for the qualification.[1]


The downtown neighborhood of the Eastern Columbia Lofts is the Historic Core of Los Angeles, and is home to commerce and entertainment with frequent film sets in the area. Many Victorian, Beaux Arts and Art Deco architecture is found in the area, which act as a frequent backdrop for movie sets. The area is well known for the Grand Central Market and the Arcade Building. Many vintage movie palaces host concerts and dance clubs. The Staples Center and Convention Center are also nearby, as well as the Civic Center where Disney Hall is found.

The Eastern Columbia Lofts offers its residents the convenience of a "Walker's Paradise." A nearby coffee house is L'angelo Cafe, and the nearest grocery store is Tony's Mini Market Co. Nearby restaurants include Tacos Mexico Anson's Eatery, and Downtown Salad Place.

Outdoor places like Grand Hope Park and Pershing Square are very nearby, and the Idyllwild School of Music & The Arts is within walking distance.

Public transit is made simple with over 40 nearby transportation routes, including the 9th and Broadway Metro Local Line. Car and bike share programs are also within walking distance.[2]


Built of steel-reinforced concrete, the Eastern Columbia Lofts stands at 13 stories high. The exterior of the building exudes its history dating back to 1930 with glossy turqoise terracotta trimmed with deep blue and gold details. The art deco building has a vertical emphasis that is accentuated by recessed bands of windows and spandrels with copper panels.

The facade reveals a variety of patterns including motif sunbursts, geometric shapes, animals, and plants. The top of the building is capped by the neon Eastern clock tower. The sidewalks that surround the building are multicolored terrazzo laid in a pattern of zigzags and chevrons. At the central main entrance, one finds a recessed two story vestibule with a blue and gold terracotta sunburst.

During its conversion in 2006, the building's redesign was completed by internationally acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler Interior Design.[3]

Layout and Features

An array of expansive floor plans are offered at the Eastern Columbia Lofts, ranging in size from 881 square feet to 3,208 square feet. These floor plans include corner lofts that offer multiple city exposures and two-level penthouses. Windows of up to 14 feet in height offer cityscape views. The kitchens and bathrooms are newly constructed with high end, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Many beams and columns are exposed in the lofts, showing the true historical build of the site.

Inside the loft residences, windows stretching up to 14 feet frame vibrant skyline views. Newly constructed kitchens and baths feature premium appointments made even more luxurious by appliance, fixture and finish upgrade options. Technological updates, including high speed Internet access and digital climate control, promise comfort and media accessibility.[4]

Floor Plans

There are limited floor plans available for the Eastern Columbia Lofts. Here is a quick overview.


Amenities offered at the Eastern Columbia Lofts include:

  • Sky-high Pool Deck
  • Fitness Center
  • Terrace Lounge
  • Underground Parking


Eastern Columbia Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues Yes

Pets are not allowed at the Eastern Columbia Lofts.

Rentals are allowed.

There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.


All residences at Eastern Columbia offer energy efficient appliances and lighting.

The building itself offers its residents the luxury of sustainable living with its convenient location, being nearby daily amenities and public transportation routes. Car and bike share programs are within walking distance, allowing residents a quick commute with energy conscious vehicles.


TV Series, Moonlighting
  • Situated in an area buzzing with film sets, Eastern Columbia Lofts has been a film set itself over the course of its history. The popular 1985 pilot episode of Moonlighting featured a daredevil climax that took place on the Eastern Columbia Building's enormous clock face.
  • The exterior of the Eastern Columbia Lofts represents Bushwell Plaza in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly, where it plays the fictional apartment building in Seattle, Washington where most of the characters live. Exterior shots digitally alter the exterior look of the building.
  • Eastern Columbia also made brief appearances in the films Predator 2 and (500) Days of Summer.
  • Season 8 of Fox Television's action series "24" is supposedly set in New York, but the iconic Eastern Columbia building makes an obvious appearance in the first episode when an escape is foiled on a parking structure's rooftop.[5]


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