Mirabella

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10430 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Mirabella
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The Maxwell Starkman designed Mirabella
Building Information
Architect Maxwell Starkman & Associates
Number of Units 114
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 1982
Construction Method Steel
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10430 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Ten bus routes within three quarters of a mile
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning LA R5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Built in 1982 and designed by renowned architects Maxwell Starkman & Associates, Mirabella is one of the most desirable buildings in the Wilshire Corridor. The condominiums are unusually spacious spacious and feature wraparound windows and spectacular city, hillside and ocean views.

Sculpture in front of the Mirabella

The Wilshire Corridor is one of Los Angeles' busiest neighborhoods and is known for its meandering path lined with luxurious residential towers. Wilshire Boulevard is also home to several historic hotels, some of Los Angeles' largest museums, and leads to nearby Beverly Hills and it's famous Rodeo Drive, home to some of the finest boutiques in the country.

Wilshire Boulevard was named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire (born 1861 – died 1927), an Ohio transplant and entrepreneur who made and lost several fortunes in real estate, farming, and gold mining. Henry Wilshire layed the foundation for what was to become Wilshire Boulevard in the 1890s by clearing out a path in his barley field. A historic apartment building on Wilshire Boulevard, the Gaylord, carries his middle name.[1]


Location

The Wilshire Corridor

The Mirabella is located on the famous Wilshire Corridor at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Holmby Avenue. The Wilshire corridor is located adjacent to Century City and Beverly Hills and within a few blocks of Westwood Village and UCLA. It is a fantastic central location close to all that Los Angeles has to offer. The Mirabella is only minutes from West Hollywood and the Beverly Center and about 15 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles.

Wilshire Boulevard and Westwood is the home to some of the first skyscrapers built in Los Angeles after the lifting of earthquake related height restrictions in the early 1960s. The area was was home for many years to the ABC Entertainment Center, which housed network operations for the ABC Television Network.

Also nearby was the 2,100 seat Shubert Theatre, which hosted many famous Broadway musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Cats, Annie, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and Mamma Mia! The Shubert opened in 1972 and was demolished in October 2002 to make way for the 2000 Avenue of the Stars office building.[2]

The Mirabella is located near some shops and restaurants that can provide many of resident's day to day needs. Transit access is decent with 10 bus routes less than three quarters of a mile away.[3]

Construction

The steel framed, modernist style building with a brick facade was built in 1982.[4] Mirabella was designed by noted Los Angeles based architect Maxwell Starkman, who began designing tract homes for the post-World War II Southern California housing boom and capped his career with the Museum of Tolerance and Sony Pictures Plaza. Starkman studied architecture at the University of Manitoba after having served with Royal Canadian Engineers in the Second World War. He died of natural causes at the age of 82 in December of 2003.[5]

Establishing his firm in the 1950s, Starkman espoused "architecture for investment". His work was known for combining design, materials and construction methods to complete projects quickly and return speedy profits to investors. The focus gave Maxwell Starkman Associates a sound reputation and financial footing in an era before developers became sophisticated about pairing what looked good, was functional and could be built and sold quickly.

Layout and Features

Having been built in 1982, the 31 year old building has likely seen most, if not all units, renovated and redecorated to the owner's tastes. Thus interior finishes and selection of appliances and fittings will likely differ widely. However, Mirabella homes are generally elegant and richly appointed, finished with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Many apartments feature incredible dens with built-ins, marble entries, hardwood floors, and triangular terraces.

Home Owners Dues range from approximately $1,170/month to $2,700/month[6]


Floor Plans

The Mirabella houses spacious two bedroom units that range in size from about 2100 square feet to just over 2800 square feet. There are also three bedroom/4.5 bathroom apartments that have a cavernous 4,835 square feet of living space. Floor plans are not readily available. See references below for several walk through videos of the building.[7][8][9]

Amenities

The Mirabella is a typical Wilshire Boulevard full service building that features valet parking, a concierge, swimming pool, sun deck, sauna, and spa.

There is an exercise room and conference room are available for residents as well.

Central heating and air conditioning keep residents comfortable year round.

Bylaws

Mirabella Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


The Mirabella is a pet friendly building but may have restrictions limiting the number and size of pets. So typical LA purse dogs are likely a safe bet for residents. The building does not restrict the age of residents and allows units to be rented out.

Sustainability

The Mirabella was built before "green" was a buzzword and environmental friendliness was deemed important. As such the building itself does not posses any "green" features. Residents may take steps in their own lives to live a more sustainable life.

Numerous common sense examples include:

  • Using fluorescent light bulbs or LED (solid state light emitting diodes) light bulbs. While more expensive than incandescent light bulbs you could save 30 percent on your energy bill and conserve electricity.
  • Keep your car in excellent condition. it is best to walk, bicycle, carpool or use mass transit for your daily commuting if possible, but for those who must use their own vehicles, improving even the most inefficient of cars' fuel mileage is as easy as keeping your tires properly inflated and changing your oil and air filters regularly improves fuel mileage and leaps those carbons out of the atmosphere.
  • Make sure your dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer are full before using them as these appliances consume large amounts of energy, so reduce their use as much as possible by only running them with full loads. And wash clothes in cold water and line dry if possible. Using cold water rather than hot in the washer saves electricity and works just as well as hot with most clothes.
  • Shut down and unplug idle electronics. Your computer might be asleep, but if there's a light on, it's still using energy. Turn off and unplug your computer, printer, television, radio; any electronic device that you're not using.[10]

Trivia

Jackie Cooper as a a child star in "My Gang"
  • Although the television series "Webster", which ran from 1987 to 1989, was set in Chicago, the apartment complex shown in exterior shots of the first two seasons is The Mirabella building.[11]
  • Famous residents have included actors George Hamilton and Jackie Cooper.
  • Travelling east on Wilshire takes residents to Korea Town closer to central LA. According to the Los Angeles Times, it is the most congested district by population in Los Angeles County, with some 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles, most of them low income apartment dwellers. Korea town is home to the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, built on the property of the former Ambassador Hotel, where Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Walkscore
  4. Emporis
  5. LA Times
  6. Condominiums on Wilshire
  7. Youtube
  8. Youtube
  9. Youtube
  10. Science Daily
  11. Wikipedia


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