Molino Street Lofts

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  • 500 Molino Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • 530 Molino Street, Los Angeles, CA
Molino Street Lofts

Molino Street Lofts
Building Information
Management Company Kor Group
Number of Units 91
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 1923
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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500 Molino Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Less than a quarter of a mile
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning M3-1
Title of Land Condominium



What is now known today as the Los Angeles Arts District was first developed as citrus groves in 1849. The California Gold Rush created a huge demand for citrus due to the vitamin C it provided and the scurvy it prevented. By the 1890s, the railroad had arrived allowing the fruit from the orchards to be sent across the country. As the railroad grew, so to did building related to it as well as warehouses for goods being shipped. Slowly the orchards disappeared and the area became a center for industry. During this time, the Los Angeles Arts District was known as the Warehouse District. Two of the warehouses built during this time were the ones at 500 Molino Street and 530 Molino Street.

As the railroads became less important throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Warehouse District slowly faded. By the 1970s, many of the industrial building were abandoned and left empty. The large empty buildings attracted artists who were looking for good live/work areas. In 1981, the City of Los Angeles passed its "Artist in Residence" or "AIR" ordinance, which officially allowed for residential use of formerly industrial buildings. This legalized a practice which had been going on for about a decade. By the turn of the 21st century, the Arts District had begun to turn into the vibrant downtown district known today.[1]

In 1986, Kor Group acquired the buildings at 500 and 530 Molino Street, which had been standing empty for many years. They applied for and received the appropriate permits and eventually hired RSA Architects to combine the two buildings into live/work lofts. The conversion went as planned and at the grand opening in 2005 over half the units were already sold.


Molino Street is in the heart of the Arts District of Los Angeles. The Arts District is a vibrant growing district between Little Tokyo and the Fashion District. While the Arts District was once the center of railroad and industry, today, converted loft-style apartments exist along side working industrial buildings.

There are also many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and one of a kind shops. There is also good access to the major freeways from the area as well as over twenty bus options nearby.[2]


Exposed brick exterior

Molino Street Lofts were created by combining two adjoining warehouses built in the 1920s. The resulting concrete building is three stories high and includes two different rooftop deck areas. The renovations were undertaken in 2006 by the RSA architectural firm on behalf of the Kor Group.[3]

The exterior facade is the original exposed brick from the 1920s. Large evenly spaces windows are on all sides. The words Molino Street Lofts are built into the facade with lighter colored brick on the corner on Molino and Mateo Streets.

Layout and Features

Each unit in Molino Street Lofts retains the character of the original building with details such as high ceilings and exposed brick walls. The conversion of the building to lofts also installed all the modern conveniences of today including large two-person soaking tubs, GE stainless steel appliances, and Kohler bathroom fixtures.[4]

Unit features include:

  • Pre-wired for high-speed internet and cable
  • Central air-conditioning and heat
  • Washer and gas dryer hookups
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Stainless steel shelving with new wood cabinetry
  • Built-in dishwashers
  • Stone counters
  • Street level storefront patios (select units)
  • Spacious soaking tubs
  • Industrial-style Clerestory windows and multi-pane Windows with laminated glass
  • Rooftop skylights
  • Exposed brick walls
  • Hardwood and concrete floors
  • Ceilings up to 14'

Floor Plans

Molino Street Lofts offer apartments ranging from 896 to 3,716 square feet. Plans showing the layout of the apartments on each floor are below:


Building amenities include:

  • 1920s warehouse architecture
  • Original brick surface exterior walls
  • Two rooftop sun decks with panoramic views
  • Potted citrus trees
  • Vine-covered arbor
  • Swimming pool
  • Fire pit and seating areas
  • Electronic entry system
  • Two lobbies with secured mailboxes
  • Gated and secured parking


Molino Street Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • This building is pet-friendly.
  • Rentals are allowed.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • A fire pit with seating is one of the building's amenities.


The Molino Street Lofts building was built in the 1920s and was therefore not designed as a green building. However, the 1989 conversion created several landscaped rooftop decks and landscaping on the streets. The conversion also saw some energy efficient appliances and windows installed in the units.

Residents seeking to shrink their carbon footprint can do so by taking public transportation, which is easily accessible. The building is also within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and other amenities.[5]


Repo Man was filmed in the Arts District
  • No two units in the Molino Street Lofts building are alike. Each one was created to be unique.
  • There was a court case against the builder of Molino Street Lofts in 2005 undertaken by Roseman & Associates on behalf of some of the buyers. The buyers claimed that the building and units were sold with numerous defects. After litigation and mediation, the case was resolved. The gross settlement payment was over $1.8 million.[6]
  • The 1984 movie Repo Man was filmed in the Los Angeles Arts District. Los Angeles Times' writers and editors voted it the eighth best film set in Los Angeles in the last 25 years.[7]
  • The Arts District was a fruit orchard in the mid-1800s. One of the citrus trees planted in the area at that time is still alive. It was found growing behind a vacant building. Southern California Gardener's Federation members saved the grapefruit tree and it now grows in the plaza of the Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center.[8]


  1. Arts District
  2. Walk Score
  3. Molino Street Lofts
  4. DLXCO: Molino Street Lofts
  5. Walk Score
  6. Roseman & Associates: Molino Street Lofts
  7. Los Angeles Arts District
  8. Los Angeles Arts District

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