La Tour

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10380 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

La Tour
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La Tour, Los Angeles
Building Information
Number of Units 73
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1990
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Composition
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10380 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit About ten bus routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Wilshire Boulevard was part of the 4,400 acres granted to Spanish soldier Don Maximo Alanis in the 1820s, and was named for developer Henry Gaylord Wilshire, who arrived in 1884. By the 1920s, the Janss Investment Corp. began developing the area surrounding Wilshire Boulevard including Westwood Village, UCLA, Holmby Hills and the residential area to the south, then dubbed “Westwood Hills.”

The wide boulevard was mostly lined by apartment buildings until the late 1960s, when the concept of condominium homes arose, leading to a rush of building conversions. Once the opportunities for apartment conversion dried up, high-rise condominiums were built from scratch, some reaching up to 27 floors in height. The area became known as “the Wilshire Corridor” because the meandering road and tall properties seem to carve a corridor through the Westwood area. There are more than 30 high-rise, multifamily buildings now lining this stretch of road.

Entryway at La Tour
La Tour, at 10380 Wilshire Boulevard, is recognized for its beautiful aquamarine glass. La Tour has 73 units on 21 floors and they are rarely available for sale. This full service residence offers a concierge, valet, swimming pool and fitness center.[1]

This building is in a prime location close to outstanding shopping, restaurants, theaters, museums, parks and schools. Serious shoppers looking for he finest of wares can venture into Beverly Hills, Century City, the Westwood Village Shopping District, and the West Side Pavilion. Westwood is also a center of movie-going, the site of numerous movie premieres, and home to several vintage movie theaters, including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village (once called the Fox Theater) featuring a landmark 170-foot white tower and the Bruin Theatre. Other neighborhood attractions offered by the central location of La Tour include the UCLA campus and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center.


Location

La Tour is located on the South Side of Wilshire near South Beverly Glen Boulevard and close to the Los Angeles Country Club on the east end of Wilshire Boulevard's “Millionaire Mile”. The area and is surrounded by the “the golden triangle” of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills. Its close proximity to Century City, Beverly Hills & the Westside is a location that can’t be beat. The sinuous row of high rise buildings afford incredible views in all directions.  Many of these buildings have full amenities and maid services can also be purchased in some of the buildings.

Wilshire Boulevard by Night

For first-time buyers and renters, the downside is the cost. Condominium association dues range from about $400 to over $4,000 a month, which is in addition to taxes, mortgage and insurance. Older Buildings have units selling for around $500,000.00 with some units reaching upward of three million. Newer projects generally start in the $2,000,000.00 range. Rents start at about $1,000 for a 350-square-foot studio. Some units built before 1978 are subject to rent control under city of Los Angeles law.[2]

There are several cafes, restaurants, theaters, libraries and schools within a 15 minute or less walk and a number of bus routes run nearby. 10380 Wilshire is assessed a rating of 'somewhat walk-able' with a walk score of 63/100 and also a transit score of 64/100. The most walk-able coffee shop is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and the closest grocery store is Stan's Produce.

Restaurants nearby include Moshi Daniel, Clementine, Johnnie's, SmithHouse Tap & Grill, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Pink Taco, and Rotisserie Works. Nearby schools include Sinai Akiba Academy.. There is also a Zipcar location a little more than half a mile away for those that have occasional need of motorized transportation but prefer to forgo car ownership themselves.[3]

Construction

The 84.43 meter tall LA Tour is a modernist style jewel at the east end of the Wilshire Corridor. Built in 1990, La Tour is one of the top ten buildings in Los Angeles. Except for the penthouse, each floor consists of 4 units with floor to wall windows and with an average of 3,200 sq. ft. per unit. [4] The building was constructed on rollers for earthquake resistance as well.

Layout and Features

La Tour is a strikingly modern 22 story building located on the south side of Wilshire at the eastern end of the corridor. This full-service building features pool, gym and many more amenities. At La Tour each floor (except the penthouse level) has only four units. Each of these 71 homes has floor to ceiling windows, two or three bedrooms, two and a half to three and a half bathrooms, and an average of about 3,200 square feet of living space, making them the largest base units on the Corridor. This is one of the top ten buildings in Los Angeles, and the pricing and availability reflect this fact. [5]

Each unit was designed to offer a unique experience from distressed concrete flooring, custom hardwood cabinets, granite counters and spectacular views of the Hills and beyond. Most have a marble foyer leading into spacious living room with fireplace. Master suite have large, luxurious bathrooms and all bedrooms have ensuites. [6]

Floor Plans

Floor plans for La Tour have not been made publicly available. See references below for video walkthroughs of the building and select suites.[7][8]

Amenities

La Tour is a high end building chock full of the expected Los Angeles high end amenities. These include a 24 hour concierge, valet parking, gym, spa, heated pool, central AC, storage, and banquet room.

Bylaws

La Tour Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



La Tour does not impose age restrictions on residents and allows both pets and rental of units.

Sustainability

10380 Wilshire Boulevard was not designed to be "green".

Residents who wish to live a greener life can do things such as switch to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycle as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

With a Walkscore rating of somewhat walkable and some shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, many errands can be accomplished on foot within a 20 minute walk. Easy availability of several bus routes means that cars can be left in the garage on occasion.

Trivia

Buzz Aldrin
  • U.S Astronaut and second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin has an apartment at La Tour.
  • Westwood is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. The estimated Westwood crime index is 60% lower than the Los Angeles average.[9]
  • Westwood is where the infamous Playboy Mansion, and home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, is located.[10]
  • Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

References

  1. Facebook
  2. Top LA Realtor
  3. Walkscore.com
  4. Home Jane
  5. Highrises.com
  6. Top LA Condos
  7. Youtube
  8. Youtube
  9. Area Vibes Crime Statistics
  10. Christophe Choo


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