Flower Street Lofts

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1130 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA

Flower Street Lofts
Flower Street Lofts-LA-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Flower Street Lofts
Building Information
Developer Lee Group
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 91
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1130 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Metro Blue Line stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]R5-4D-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

A path through the lofts


Downtown Los Angeles is mainly known for two types of luxury residences; tall high-rises and smaller lofts. More often than not, the lofts usually find themselves on the smaller end of the scale in terms of size - unsurprising, given the typical measurement of a loft style home. Flower Street Lofts, however, bucks this trend by offering loft residences with a generous amount of space, located in the heart of Los Angeles' most vibrant district.

A four floor structure with 91 units available for sale and rent, Flower Street Lofts originally began life as the UPS Building in 1936. A three floor structure through which packages bound for Los Angeles were distributed, it was also the main garage of the ubiquitous UPS trucks, as well as the site of their main accounting department and the executive offices for the West Coast.

While the UPS Building served the Los Angeles area for over 40 years, it eventually fell into disuse, and was summarily converted into Flower Street Lofts in 2004, gaining an additional floor in the process to bring the count up to four. With generously equipped units, a prime location in Downtown Los Angeles, and an aesthetic appeal borne from both the efforts of the developers and what the building used to be, there is no doubt that Flower Street Lofts exemplifies the caliber of residence that people have come to expect from the neighborhood it resides in.[1]


Location

An overhead shot of Downtown Los Angeles at night

Located in the South Park area of Downtown Los Angeles, Flower Street Lofts finds itself close to some of the city's most popular attractions. For example, Flower Street Lofts is just a few minutes away from the Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers of the NBA, the Sparks of the WNBA, and the Kings of the NHL. In addition, the LA Live entertainment complex is near the Staples Center, featuring sights like the Nokia Theatre and a cineplex with 14 screens and over 3500 seats. There is also, of course, excellent dining to be found near Flower Street Lofts, as well as some of the finest shopping that the city of Los Angeles has to offer.

Prospective residents will be glad to know that ownership of a car is a luxury and not a necessity; Flower Street Lofts is located close to many shops and services, meaning that doing grocery shopping or other errands is as simple as walking out the door and down the street a couple of blocks. Should one need to travel further away, they will find the Los Angeles public transit system ready and willing to serve, with 44 bus stops located near Flower Street Lofts. There are also four light rail stops available in the vicinity, meaning that most of the Los Angeles area is covered in terms of transit. Biking is also a valid option, though one must keep in mind the smaller number of bike lanes in Los Angeles.[2]

Construction

A snapshot of a two floor unit

A building with one foot in the past and the other firmly in the present day, Flower Street Lofts effortlessly blends modern design with 1930's class. Its original incarnation was a three floor concrete structure filled with conveyor belts and other equipment for package sorting. All that had to be removed when the renovation took place, though the expansive windows were kept. Adding on the fourth floor proved to be a difficult task, as the builders needed to work with existing grid lines and walls that were not square, though they managed to do it by working in tandem with the owner and design team.[3]

The result is a building with a handsome exterior that is brightened by the vibrantly colored exterior. Notable design touches include the aforementioned windows and exposed piping and ductwork, a possible nod to the structure's industrial roots.

Layout and Features

The units at Flower Street Lofts come in primarily one bedroom and two bedroom configurations. As stated earlier, the residences are quite generously sized, with the one bedroom examples ranging from 1188 square feet to 1520 square feet and the two bedroom examples ranging from 1440 square feet to 2600 square feet; these are certainly larger than the average loft, to say the least. There are also a limited number of two-floor town homes available, as well.

Residences at Flower Street Lofts come fairly well equipped, coming with such luxury features like polished concrete floors, stainless steel appliances, maple wood cabinetry, and frosted privacy glass. Additional features include 14 to 20 foot ceilings and light blackout shades.[4]

Floor Plans

Flower Street Lofts does not currently offer floor plans for public viewing. Thus, interested parties will have to rely on video footage in order to get a closer look at the unit features and layout.

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

Amenities

Though Flower Street Lofts offers comparatively less amenities than some of its contemporaries, it can still hold its own:

  • Secured parking
  • Front garden
  • Pre-wired for internet/cable access
  • In-suite laundry hookups


Bylaws

Flower Street Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Flower Street Lofts is pet-friendly
  • There are no age restrictions on residents

Sustainability

Unfortunately, there is little evidence that sustainability was a priority of the developers; thus, it must fall to the residents to live green and reduce their impact on the environment.

One way to do this is to take advantage of the generous transit coverage and take the bus or train instead of driving a car. Another way would be to start recycling (assuming one hasn't already), along with actively monitoring and reducing excessive energy use.

Trivia

  • Flower Street Lofts has received multiple awards, including two Golden Nuggets and the 2004 architectural prize from the Los Angeles Business Council[6]
  • UPS cared about the mental well-being of their workers, providing a rooftop recreation room complete with ping-pong table for their drivers
  • The building has the tallest residential ceilings in the area
  • The Lee Group also contributed to the construction of Ralph's supermarket in 2006, the first supermarket in Downtown Los Angeles in 50 years
  • The success of Flower Street Lofts prompted the developers to build other residences, such as Grand Lofts[7]


References

  1. Top LA Condos - Flower Street Lofts
  2. Walk Score
  3. PCL - Flower Street Lofts
  4. LA Loft Guy - Flower Street Lofts
  5. Flower Street Lofts on Youtube
  6. Official site
  7. Article on condo ownership


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