Princeton Lofts

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1046 Princeton Drive, Venice

Princeton Lofts
Princeton-LA-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Princeton Lofts
Building Information
Developer PCL
Architect GMP Architects & Boto Designs
Management Company Western Pacific Land Company
Number of Units 30
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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1046 Princeton Drive, Venice
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C4(OX)-2D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Princeton Lofts is a three floor, 30 unit building located in Los Angeles. Formerly a warehouse that was originally constructed in 1962, it was eventually rebuilt into the luxury structure it is today by Western Pacific Land Company, a coalition of principals who came together for the specific purpose for the completion of the Princeton Lofts project.[1]

While certain elements from the original incarnation were preserved, the extensive remodeling done to the former warehouse ensured that the end product would be a prime example of modern luxury and design, and there is no question that the collective brain trust behind this unique structure achieved their goal.

Location

One of Venice Beach's famous canals

Located in the intimate Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, Princeton Lofts finds itself at the heart or a region famed for it's cutting edge, eclectic nature.[2] The area is known for its inclination toward the creative arts, and to this day boasts a large contingent of artists, poets, architects, and design professionals. Princeton Lofts is within close proximity of the beach and marina - easily two of the most appealing attractions - as well as a wealth of boutiques and restaurants for the residents to explore at their leisure. There are also a number of schools nearby, all targeting different age groups and levels of education.

Transportation is as easy as walking along the boardwalk, but for those who want to see more of the city, bus stops are available nearby. Avid cyclists will find that the terrain is flat and easily traversed. Many shops and services are within walking distance of Princeton Lofts, so a car is not strictly necessary for day to day errands.[3]

Construction

An in progress look at Princeton Lofts

Like a few other luxury condominiums, Princeton Lofts was a originally a warehouse that got renovated. What sets Princeton Lofts apart, however, is just how extensive the remodeling process was. While original portions like the double truss roof were kept in place, the rest of it was extensively modified, with a durable steel frame serving as a blank canvas for all the other design elements, like glass blocks and wood joists.

The result was a classically designed but thoroughly modern structure whose designers opted against fancy embellishments, choosing instead to let the building's natural simplicity and elegance shine through.[4]

Layout and Features

Considering that the warehouse it came from was 60000 square feet, one might be surprised to learn that Princeton Lofts only has 30 units. The space, however, was exceedingly well used, with each loft possessing its own unique configuration. The units range in size from 1000 square feet to over 3000 square feet, with a number of lofts being multi-level duplexes. Unit features include high ceilings, skylights, marble counter tops, kitchen appliances from Sub-Zero, and dishwashers from ASKO.[5]

Certain lofts also feature balconies, fireplaces, and carports.

Floor Plans

The floor plans for Princeton Lofts are located below:

Amenities

Surprisingly, Princeton Lofts offers comparatively less traditional amenities, lacking luxuries like a pool or fitness center. That said, residents are certainly not suffering for lack of comfort:

  • Card code access for security
  • Covered parking
  • Hardwood floors
  • In-residence, private elevators

Bylaws

Princeton Lofts Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Princeton Lofts allows pets
  • There is no age restriction imposed on residents

Sustainability

The extensive remodeling of Princeton Lofts was unfortunately not undertaken with sustainability in mind. Of course, with the building's close proximity to many shops and services, the need to use a car for daily errands is greatly reduced, with walking or transit being a viable option for getting around. In addition the multiple skylights throughout the complex are sure to reduce energy use, given the wealth of natural light that they let in during the day.

Trivia

Venice Beach
  • The development team was assembled almost a decade ago
  • Original warehouse stored ski wear
  • Developer PCL also worked on the Staples Center
  • Lofts are classified as 'live/work' under zoning laws

References

  1. Princeton Lofts DNA
  2. Location
  3. Walk Score for 1046 Princeton Drive
  4. Construction Details
  5. Design Partners

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