Market Lofts

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645 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA

Market Lofts
Market Lofts-LA-Exterior.JPG

A shot of Market Lofts in Los Angeles
Building Information
Developer CIM Group
Number of Units 267
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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645 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]C2-1XL
Title of Land Mixed Use


Contents

Background

The ground floor retail


Many times, a selling point of a condominium is that is is located close to a supermarket. Maybe it is a five minute walk, or maybe it takes a little bit longer than that taking the bus. Either way, having a place to do most - if not all - of one's errands close to home is a tremendous asset, to say the least. In the case of Market Lofts, it is actually one of the main amenities; as suggested by the name, the lofts are located on the upper floors of a building that has a large supermarket, Ralph's, at the bottom, making grocery shopping as easy as walking downstairs.[1]

Constructed in 2007, Market Lofts has 267 units for sale and rent divided among its seven floors. It is a handsome, modern building, with the more subdued colors of the residential area juxtaposing quite nicely with the bright red of Ralph's.

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the building finds itself in quite a good location, as in addition to the convenience of the supermarket, many of Los Angeles' more prominent attractions are located nearby as well, making it easy for residents to enjoy a night out. Naturally, Market Lofts has a variety of other amenities to offer residents besides the proximity to the supermarket, as well as generously equipped units.


Location

The Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels

Located on 645 West 9th Street in Downtown Los Angeles, Market Lofts finds itself near some of the city's major sights. Of course, the closest store would be the one located directly beneath the residences; Ralph's is a fully equipped supermarket, and it also features a Quiznos, Cold Stone Creamery, a UPS Store, and a few other outlets for good measure.

In terms of attractions that carry a decidedly less utilitarian slant, the famous Staples Center is within walking distance, and being the home to three professional teams there is almost always something to watch for sports fans. For those in search of a more cultural experience, the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels are good destinations.[2]

Prospective residents will be glad to know that if anything they need is not in Ralph's, it can probably be found nearby anyway. There are many shops and restaurants located within easy walking distance, which is good for those who do not own cars. It must be noted, however, that while public transit is available there are only four stops serving the area. Luckily, they are all under a quarter-mile away, so they are at least easy to reach.[3]

Construction

Market Lofts, like many of its contemporaries, is a traditionally constructed condominium. Made mainly from concrete, the exterior is clean and modern, with the bright red from the awning above the main entrance of Ralph's contrasting nicely with the rest of the light colored facade.

Notable touches include the large, dual glazed windows, exposed vents and duct-work in the interior, and the color shift from cream to dull yellow on the outside of the building. While there is little overt ornamentation or flair, the less-is-more approach works quite well for Market Lofts, and results in a fairly unique aesthetic.

Layout and Features

An example of a kitchen

The building's 267 units come in one bedroom and two bedroom loft configurations, with the number of bathrooms depending on the unit. The larger residences are rather spacious for lofts, with one bedroom examples ranging from 695 to 1100 square feet and two bedroom examples ranging from 1099 to 1583 square feet.

Market Lofts offers a fairly generous spread of standard features, with the units being equipped with luxuries like nine foot ceilings, Italian cabinetry, CaesarStone counter tops, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Market Lofts does not currently offer floor plans for public viewing. Interested parties, however, can look at the linked video clip, which gives an excellent view of the unit features and how it is laid out.

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

Amenities

Some of Market Lofts' amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Social room
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Exterior deck



Bylaws

Market Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Market Lofts is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • Barbecues are allowed

Sustainability

While there is no indication that Market Lofts was designed with sustainability in mind, it bears noting that the building's large, dual-glazed windows make it possible to use less energy for artificial lighting, as the windows are all the units need for illumination during the day.

The residents can add to this by taking measures of their own, like reducing unnecessary water use and recycling instead of simply throwing everything away indiscriminately.

Trivia

  • Developer CIM Group specializes in transformational urban real estate[5], with some of their other buildings including Sky Lofts and Gas Company Lofts
  • They have also developed properties in locations outside the immediate area, such as Washington, DC
  • Ralph's was the first supermarket in Downtown Los Angeles since the 1950's


References

  1. Market Lofts, 645 West 9th Street
  2. Top Los Angeles Condos - Market Lofts
  3. Walk Score
  4. Youtube - Market Lofts
  5. CIM Group


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