Juniper

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848 South Irolo Street, Los Angeles, CA

Juniper
JuniperLABackExterior.jpg

Exterior shot of The Juniper
Building Information
Number of Units 40
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Composition
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848 South Irolo Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning LAR4
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Koreatown sign in LA


While junipers are coniferous plants with berries, the Juniper in Los Angeles is a 40-unit condominium that doesn't bear much resemblance to its namesake aside from the fact that there is foliage in front of the main facade, which look more like palm trees. The building was completed in 2008 and stands in the heart of Koreatown which is located in the larger Mid-Wilshire community of central Los Angeles. This condominium is in a gated community.[1]

Koreatown has undergone many changes since its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, but this condominium development is part of a large construction boom that launched in the new millennium to revitalize Koreatown, especially since it is in Central Los Angeles and well connected by public transit. The area suffered badly in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots or Rodney King Riots that caused massive property damage, fires, looting, threats, and murders. Many Koreatown businesses were destroyed and did not reopen. Property values thus declined and stimulated an exodus of residents from the area to places like Orange County and San Fernando Valley.[2]

The City of Los Angeles has worked hard to bring people back to the area with smart growth policies, transit connections, and its designation as a a special graphics district, similar to Times Square in New York where digital signage and billboards can be displayed. Today, Koreatown is an ethnically diverse area with the majority of residents being Korean. With a population of over 120,000 in a three square-mile radius, it has the highest population density of all Los Angeles neighborhoods.[2]


Location

The Juniper is located at 848 South Irolo Street in Koreatown. The nearest cross street is West Olympic Boulevard that has a number of restaurants. Many of them are Korean but other ethnic varieties, like Mexican, are also available. Restaurants in the area include Guelaguetza, Choongmookimbob House, Cafe Todo Dia, Gam Ja Gol, Persimmon House Inc, and Shin Peking Restaurant, to name a few. There are also numerous cafés and coffee houses in the neighborhood.

Koreatown is known for its nightlife and feeling of a "mini-Seoul." It boasts over 1100 night-time establishments and the highest concentration of nightclubs and restaurants in Southern California.[2]

Residents don't have to wander far to find parks and green space, as Seoul International Park is just steps away as well as Ardmore Recreation Center.

There is an Olympic Korean Rice Cake grocer down West Olympic Boulevard and Sunny Grocery the other direction. Shopping in this area tends to cater to Korean customers with many ethnic products available.[2] Several elementary schools are also in the area.

Most errands for residents of the Juniper can be accomplished on foot.[3] There are bus connections within walking distance as well as the Purple Line subway just north on Wilshire Boulevard at Normandie Avenue.

Construction

The Juniper is an unremarkable concrete mid-rise with a rectangular shape and grey and white tones. It was completed in 2008. There are balconies on all the units and a nice design detail in the penthouse suites are the arched windows above the balcony doors and in the living room.

Layout and Features

The layouts at the Juniper are spacious, and bright with hardwood floors, a walk-in closet, gourmet kitchens with modern cabinets, appliances, and Caesarstone counter tops that are also in the bathrooms.

There is central heating and air conditioning in the building.[4]

The units range in number of bedrooms with a penthouse suite offering three bedrooms, two baths, a loft and two balconies.[5]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately no floor plans for The Juniper are publicly available.

[6] - Click on this link in the References section to view a virtual tour of a unit.

Amenities

The Juniper offers a few amenities for its residents:

  • balconies with some views of city lights[1]
  • conference room
  • exercise room
  • laundry
  • elevator
  • parking garage

Bylaws

Juniper Bylaws
Age No
Barbecues Yes


There is no age restriction at The Juniper. Barbecues are permitted on the balconies.[7]

Sustainability

The Juniper was not specifically designed as a green building although its composition roof is more environmentally-friendly and durable than traditional roofs since it reuses a mixture of materials like asphalt, tar paper, fiber-cement, and waste paper.

Composite roofs can last as long as thirty to fifty years whereas wood shingles tend to last fifteen to twenty.[8]

The Juniper's convenient location for getting around the city and doing daily errands also classifies as an amenity.

Trivia

Ambassador Hotel in a bygone era
  • Mid-Wilshire is also known as "Midtown" amongst locals and Koreantown is nicknamed "K-Town." Koreatown rose to prominence during Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1930s.
  • The Ambassador Hotel, a popular retreat for Hollywood stars, hosted the Academy Awards several years in a row in the early 1930s, and many elite settled into this area also referred to as the "Upper Eastside of the West Coast." The Ambassador Hotel later became famous as the place where Robert F. Kennedy, brother to US President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 in the kitchen.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Real Estate North Orange County
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wikipedia-Koreatown
  3. Walk Score
  4. LA Condo Domain
  5. Red Fin
  6. Virtual Tour
  7. Los Angeles Condo
  8. eHow.com - Composite Roofing


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