Empire West

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1100 Alta Loma Road, Los Angeles, CA

Empire West
Empire West-LA-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Empire West in Los Angeles
Building Information
Management Company Empire West Sales
Number of Units 92
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1964
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1100 Alta Loma Road, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R4-B
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Empire West's nameplate


The West Hollywood region of Los Angeles is famed for the star power that live and work there. Thus, it stands to reason that the residences in the area must be upscale and luxurious, with generous amenities and offering a living experience that goes above and beyond. Fortunately for Empire West, it is more than capable of living up to the expectations that its surroundings place on it.

Constructed in 1964, Empire West is a 17 floor building with 92 units available for both sale and rent.[1] As it was constructed after the height restrictions on Los Angeles buildings was lifted, it was quite likely that at the time of construction it was one of the taller buildings around. While it has been surpassed in height since then, Empire West's simple, effective exterior design still works even today, and there is no doubt that it has aged gracefully.

With a generous selection of amenities and a prime location in an exclusive part of Los Angeles, Empire West makes a convincing case for itself as a luxury residence for those who can foot the bill.


Location

The nearby Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood is undoubtedly one of the most famous parts of Los Angeles County, with many celebrities having homes there; unsurprising, considering the wealth of media production that takes place. For instance, the Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard was home to pop culture luminaries like John Wayne and Frank Sinatra. Residents might also be interested in taking a look at production studios like Samuel Goldwyn, or TMZ on TV.


Fortunately for those who may not be so interested in popular media, West Hollywood also offers many other attractions. The nearby Melrose Avenue is renowned for its selection of shops, from high-end clothing boutiques to smaller antique stores, and the Pacific Design Center is somewhat of a mecca for the design community. West Hollywood also offers a wide selection of bars and restaurants for those who want to wind down at the end of a long week, or those who simply do not feel like cooking.[2]


Prospective residents will be glad to know that ownership of a car is a luxury and not a necessity. There are enough stores and services within walking distance to allow daily errands to be done entirely on foot. In addition, Empire West also has a number of bus stops nearby as well, allowing for a convenient way to travel farther out should circumstances dictate the need.[3]

Construction

A living room sans furniture

As with many buildings constructed in the same era, Empire West was constructed using the conventional materials and design ethos of the time. While this means that the building may lack some flair present in more recent structures, Empire West nevertheless possesses a clean, refined appearance, with the lack of flashy ornamentation or metal accents giving it an austere, modern appeal.

The quality of the interior matches the quality of the exterior, with many units having undergone heavy renovation since Empire West's initial construction. The result is a building that is fully equipped for the fast-paced lifestyle what West Hollywood has to offer.[4]

Layout and Features

Empire West's 98 units come in a variety of configurations, ranging from one, two, three, and four bedroom examples. They are also quite generous with space, with the smallest one bedroom unit measuring in at 1607 square feet and the largest four bedroom unit measuring in at just under 4000 square feet. Considering the average condominium unit does not break 1000 square feet, these measurements are quite impressive.

In addition, the units come generously equipped, with standard features like stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, designer fixtures, and hardwood floors.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Empire West does not currently have floor plans available for public viewing. There is, however, video footage that covers many of the building's highlights, and is an excellent way to see what it might be like to live there.

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

Amenities

Empire West offers a variety of amenities, including:

  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Valet service
  • Concierge


Bylaws

Empire West Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Empire West is pet friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed

Sustainability

Empire West was unfortunately not built during a time where sustainability was a concern. That being said, it is unlikely that it fares worse in this regard than its contemporaries. In addition, residents can reduce their carbon footprint by making green choices in their day to day lives. For instance, using the transit system instead of driving is a great way to reduce emission. Recycling and watching excess water use are also superb measures for helping the environment.

Trivia

  • West Hollywood, in addition, to possessing world class shopping and attractions, is also the center of the Los Angeles gay community
  • Was home to Richard Dorso, a Hollywood producer with a taste for fine art[6]
  • The Los Angeles height restriction was lifted in 1956


References

  1. Empire West on toplacondos.com
  2. West Hollywood on Wikipedia
  3. Walk Score
  4. Empire West on la.condodomain.com
  5. Empire West on Youtube
  6. Curbed page on Dorso exhibition at Empire West

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