Marie Antoinette

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10787 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Marie Antoinette
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Exterior view of Marie Antoinette
Building Information
Number of Units 56
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1962
Construction Method Concrete
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10787 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]R5-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Naming a 17-story condominium after a legendary Queen of France who suffered death by guillotine during the French Revolution gives potential residents an idea of the grandeur and history wrapped up in this 56-unit condominium in the heart of Los Angeles' Wilshire Corridor. The Marie Antoinette building was constructed in 1962 and, at the time, was one of the highest high-rise towers in the area.
Wilshire Corridor, also known as Millionaire's Mile
Although it is no longer one of the tallest buildings, the balconies still afford great views of Westwood Village, Beverly Hills, downtown, and the Los Angeles Country Club.[1] It was originally built as an apartment tower but was converted to condominiums in 1978,[2] along with many other apartment towers during the condominium construction boom of the late 1960s and 1970s.

The Wilshire Corridor east of Westwood Village is known as "Millionaire's Mile" because of its high-end condominium that comes with equally high price tags. Wilshire Corridor was named after developer Henry Gaylord Wilshire who arrived here in 1884. The "Corridor" part is due to the fact that the curving Wilshire Boulevard and tall properties seemed to carve a corridor through Westwood, hence giving it its name.[3]

When The Marie Antoinette was transformed into condominiums, the interiors were refinished in a spacious and elegant style that some might say is "fit for a queen."


Location

Marie Antoinette is located on 10787 Wilshire Boulevard, a major east-west road that connects many districts of Los Angeles, including Brentwood, Westwood (where the condominium is situated), Beverly Hills, Koreatown, and downtown Los Angeles. The Wilshire Corridor comprises a section of this arterial road where Marie Antoinette stands on the north side, along with many other residential high-rises. Marie Antoinette is close to the business district of central Westwood that has huge volumes of car and pedestrian traffic, especially at the intersection of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards where pedestrians must cross ten lanes of traffic.[4]

UCLA (The University of California Los Angeles) is located near Marie Antoinette in Westwood, as is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School and Fairburn Avenue Elementary School for younger-aged children. There are some nice green spaces located on UCLA's campus such as Spaulding Field, Dickson Plaza, and Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, but if residents don't want to go to "school" to access these space, there's also Westwood Park a short walk away.

Many coffee shops can be found in Westwood Village and on Wilshire Boulevard. Some nearby restaurants to check out are Leonard Rosenaur, Cravings, and Blvd 16.

Marie Antoinette has a high walk score of 91 out of 100. It ranks much less in public transit with no close connection to subway lines; however, there are several bus options.[5]

Construction

The Marie Antoinette is a concrete rectangular high-rise. It has a distinct creamish-yellow facade that goes all the way from ground level to the 17th floor, with balconies flanking either side. The balconies are stacked on top of one another and feature mesh-looking fences. The 56 windows on the main facade are symmetrically placed in a grid of 14 high by 4 wide.

Layout and Features

Units at Marie Antoinette range from one to three bedrooms with unique floor plans designed in the open concept style with large kitchens and living rooms. Common features that all units share include granite counters, stainless steel appliances, marble baths and in-suite laundry.[6] Select homes have additional rooms like dens and dining rooms, as well as glass mosaic tile in the master bedroom en suite, as well as a walk-in closet with built-in shelves and hanging space.[1] Most units have spacious balconies with unbeatable city views. Laundry facilities are conveniently located in the units.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately no floor plans are publicly available for Marie Antoinette.

[7] - Click on this video link in the References Section to see some shots of the interior layout.

Amenities

The following amenities are available at Marie Antoinette:

  • Balconies with great city views
  • Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Valet parking
  • Beautiful landscaped grounds
  • In-suite washer & dryer
  • Parking garage

Bylaws

Marie Antoinette Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No


There is no age restriction at Marie Antoinette and pets are allowed.[8]

Sustainability

Back in 1962, The Marie Antoinette was not designed as a 'green' building. Stainless steel appliances were put into the suites with the condominium conversion and residents can make upgrades if they wish. The building's greatest sustainability feature is its central location for walking.

Trivia

  • Millionaire's Mile is also referred to as "The Golden Mile." The Marie Antoinette was one of the first residential high-rises that brought developers' attention to this area later known as The Golden Mile.[1]
  • Many of the other condominiums along Wilshire Corridor boast amenities such as swimming pools, spas, or tennis courts and fitness centers. The Marie Antoinette is not one of these condominiums.[3]
  • The Marie Antoinette was involved in a legal case in 1993 involving a plaintiff who sued the Condominium Owners Association for failing to maintain and repair the central plumbing, which caused water damage to her hardwood floors. The trial went to jury on three charges: breach of contract, negligence, and nuisance. The jury found only a breach of contract had been violated and the plaintiff received compensation for damages. The Association defendant appealed. If interested in reading more about the case, click on the link in the References section.[2]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LA Condo Domain
  2. 2.0 2.1 Franklin v. Marie Antoinette Condominium Owners Assn.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Top LA Realtor
  4. Wikipedia-Wilshire Boulevard
  5. Walk Score
  6. Top LA Condos
  7. Marie Antoinette in the Corridor
  8. Los Angeles Condos


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