Evo

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1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Evo
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Evo South
Building Information
Developer The South Group
Number of Units 311
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5-4D-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

EVO South Condominiums is part of downtown Los Angeles' first high-rise community.
The Evo
It is the third installment from the South Group and shares its development with sister buildings Elleven Lofts and Luma Lofts. Each were designed for modern living in a vibrant urban environment and featuring designer interiors, impeccable finishes and sustainable materials. Enveloped in sculpted glass and metal this lovely example of modern architecture rises 23 floors and houses 311 loft style residences, including five two story townhouses that will be accessible from the street. Inside every unit, each detail and finish were carefully selected to provide a unique look within a unified style into each home.
The Evo at night
Like its sister projects the Elleven Lofts and Luma Lofts Condos, EVO South Condos was constructed and designed with sustainable and environmentally responsible principles in mind. The rooftop "Two Forty" lounge offers residents a dramatic and exclusive retreat overlooking the city from two hundred forty feet above. Together with the 6th floor open terrace plaza, outdoor pool, spa, state of the art fitness center with skyline views EVO South allows residents to enjoy life in an urban sanctuary.[1]

Evo is located in the South Park district of downtown Los Angeles, an area that has seen many dramatic changes for the better. The district covers 25 square blocks, bounded by the 110 and 10 Freeways, and Main and Eighth streets. South park is a neighborhood teeming with mix of entertainment options that have made the area a hub for people from all over Los Angeles. New cutting edge residential spaces and new businesses have transformed the neighborhood into one of the best places to live, work, and play in Los Angeles.


Location

The opening of the Staples Center in 1999 opened the floodgates for a rapid gentrification of Los Angeles' South Park neighborhood. Numerous luxury condominiums with ground floor retail began construction shortly afterwards. The district’s proximity to the University of Southern California and the Blue Line light rail has attracted young professionals looking for a great quality of life coupled to an easy commute.

Staples Center
South Park also enjoys its share of Downtown's history too. Stately commercial buildings are being converted to either new business or residential uses, preserving their historic significance and beauty. A variety of fine dining experiences are available at a growing number of South Park restaurants, at ground level or at 32 floors above the city where visitors can experience 360-degree views of Downtown

Situated just two blocks from Staples Center and AEG’s emerging Sports and Entertainment District, Evo is a a mere hop skip and jump away from L.A.’s dynamic arts and cultural activities. Gardens, quiet retreats and pathways also provide residents with an urban oasis amongst the downtown energy.

The South Park neighborhood where EVO is located is near the Staples Center, LA Live (an entertainment, retail and residential complex meant to complement the Staples Center and Convention Center), freeways, restaurants, nightspots and the Ralphs Fresh Fare market at 645 W 9th Street.[2]

Construction

Construction on the 80.16 meter tall (263 feet) concrete building began in 2006 and was completed in 2008. It is estimated that the cost of construction was $100,000,000. Evo was built by the South Group, a joint venture partnership of Portland, Oregon-based developers Williams & Dame and Gerding/Edlen.

Evo is the first high-rise residence in downtown Los Angeles to be certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council and is being looked to by officials and architects as the construction standard of the future. Contributing to the certification were environmentally responsible construction techniques and the use of an abundance of renewable and recyclable materials.[3] For example, the choice of building materials specified low-toxicity materials and finishes to prevent persistent off-gassing and construction followed specific guidelines to contain dust and prevent contamination during construction.


Layout and Features

Evo is a collection of 311 residences, from studio apartments to cavernous 3 bedroom penthouses. the development also sports five ground level town homes. Floor plans range up to 3,500 square feet and include exterior balconies, operable windows, large walk-in closets, ceiling heights to 11 feet and in some locations outdoor terraces overlooking the Los Angeles skyline.

Kitchen finishes feature Millennium Hardwood floors, performance Bosch Stainless Steel Oven, Cooktop, & Dishwasher, rich wood cabinetry, Caesarstone slab counter tops and back splash and integrated Kohler under-mount steel sink.

Bathrooms are finished with warmly textured limestone slab counter tops and designer matched Kohler sink, tub and fixture Package. Powder rooms have Duravit vessel sink and pedestal and elegant slate tile flooring.

Apartments come with a utility Room with washer and dryer hookups, spacious walk-in closets and pre-wiring for phone and data.

Penthouses feature Viking Designer Series appliances, wood cabinetry in matched colors, luxurious Calcutta 'Oro' marble slab bathroom counter tops, designer selection of Kohler bath fixtures and Godfrey Hirst 'Wool Creation' carpeting.[4]

Floor Plans

The Evo is comprised of a mix of studio, one and two bedroom apartments with four 3 bedroom penthouses in the building.

Amenities

Evo's assortment of amenities are among the best offerings of any building downtown. Private amenities include the sixth floor sun deck and pool with furnished gathering areas and an outdoor entertaining kitchen, the Two-forty rooftop lounge with an outdoor terrace and fireplace overlooking the skyline, and the state of the art fitness studio on the 24th floor with a glass wall of horizon views.

Evo also offers many services and an on site concierge provided by Beverly Hills Concierge that offers residents towel service at the pool and fitness studio, access to restaurant reservations, theater and concert ticket purchasing, personal trainers, in-home spa services, catering and party planning, dry cleaning, dog walking and pet sitting, housekeeping services and more.[5]

Bylaws

Evo Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed at the Evo
  • There are no age restrictions on residents in the building
  • Rental of suites is allowed

Sustainability

Evo was conceived and created as one of the most sustainable, smart and eco-friendly buildings in the United States. Evo is the first high-rise building in downtown Los Angeles to be certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council and is being looked to by officials and architects as an example of green building and living.

Evo was created with an abundance of renewable and recyclable materials, energy-saving systems, improved interior air quality, environmentally responsible construction techniques and an intelligent approach to neighborhood growth and planning.

Examples of the environmentally sensitive choices were the low-VOC paint (low - Volatile Organic Compunds), the wool carpets and the energy efficient windows. Evo South was built from the ground up as a "green", non-toxic environment. See this reference for a PDF of the building's green handbook[6]

Additionally there are over 40 transit routes nearby and numerous shops, restaurants and car and bike shares nearby making car ownership and use optional for day to day activities.[7]

Trivia

The Pantry Restaurant
  • Nearby is the classic Pantry Restaurant which was opened in 1922 and has only ever closed once on Thursday November 26th 1997, when it was closed by the County Health Department for minor health code violations. It reopened the very next day. Known for its greasy food and rude waiters, it is a popular meeting spot in downtown Los Angeles.
  • South Park is home to the California Hospital Medical Center founded by Dr. Walter Lindley and two other physicians in 1887.
  • Nearby is the LA Convention Center, a city owned facility that is one of the largest convention centers in the country with 810,000 square feet of floor space.


References

  1. Top LA Condos
  2. Downtown LA Walks
  3. South Group
  4. Evo South Website
  5. Evo Website
  6. Evo Green Handbook
  7. Walk Score


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