Regency Wilshire

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10551 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Regency Wilshire
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The Regency Wilshire
Building Information
Architect N B Architecture, Inc.
Number of Units 75
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1982
Construction Method Concrete
Distance to Public Transit About ten bus routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning LAR5-3
Title of Land Condominium


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Background

Wilshire Boulevard was mostly lined by apartment buildings until the late 1960s, when the concept of condominium homes arose, leading to a rush of building conversions. Once the opportunities for apartment conversion dried up, high-rises condos were built from scratch, some reaching up to 27 floors in height. The area became known as “the Wilshire Corridor” because the meandering road and tall properties seem to carve a corridor through the Westwood area. There are more than 30 high-rise, multifamily buildings now lining this stretch of road.

The Regency Wilshire is located in the center of the Corridor’s Golden Mile at Wilshire & Thayer. West Los Angeles' collection of museums and galleries, movie theaters and music venues provide a constant wealth of entertainment options nearby. The two or four bedroom units are quite spacious and offer superior views of the surrounding landscape. Large windows provide ample light and units have long and spacious balconies. This full service building features a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, sauna and valet parking with two and up to four parking stalls per unit.[1]


Location

Located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Westholme Ave. on Wilshire Boulevard's “Millionaire Mile”, the area and is surrounded by the “the golden triangle” of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills. Its close proximity to Century City, Beverly Hills & the Westside is a location that can’t be beat. The sinuous row of high rise buildings afford incredible views in all directions.  Many of these buildings have full amenities and maid services can also be purchased in some of the buildings.

The wide boulevard was part of the 4,400 acres granted to Spanish soldier Don Maximo Alanis in the 1820s, and was named for developer Henry Gaylord Wilshire, who arrived in 1884. By
Wilshire Boulevard by Night
the 1920s, the Janss Investment Corp. began developing the area surrounding Wilshire Boulevard including Westwood Village, UCLA, Holmby Hills and the residential area to the south, then dubbed “Westwood Hills.”

For first-time buyers and renters, the downside is the cost. Condominium association dues range from about $400 to over $4,000 a month, which is in addition to taxes, mortgage and insurance. Older Buildings have units selling for around $500,000.00 with some units reaching upward of three million. Newer projects generally start in the $2,000,000.00 range.

Rents start at about $1,000 for a 350-square-foot studio. Some units built before 1978 are subject to rent control under city of Los Angeles law.[2]

There are several cafes, restaurants, theaters, libraries and schools within a 15 minute or less walk and a number of bus routes run nearby. 10551 Wilshire is rated very walkable with a walk score of 74/100 and also a transit score of 62/100 and a bike score of 67/100.


Construction

Construction on this concrete high rise with spread foundation began in March 1980 and was completed in February of 1982. N B Architecture, Inc. designed the building in a modernist style, with clean and simple lines and two symmetrical columns of balconies protruding from the face.

Standing 63.78 m high, the Regency Wilshire has three elevators to service residents and guests alike. The original construction costs for this condominium was just over $19 million.[3]

There appears to be a heliport built into the rooftop but it does not seem to be actively in use at this time.

Layout and Features

The Regency Wilshire features 75 units on 17 floors in a contemporary design. The units are two or four bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 1500 square feet to nearly 5000 square feet. Wall-to-wall windows let in a titanic amount of natural light.

Many units now sport hardwood flooring and stainless steel appliances for a modern and contemporary feel. Some units also feature a central vacuum for added convenience.[4]

The Regency Wilshire condos features penthouse suites that include formal entry to a large living room with fireplace and dining area with walls of glass that open to a long patio and fabulous views. The kitchen includes breakfast area and den with bar.

Bedrooms consist of the master suite with walk-in closet and large master bath, two family or guest bedroom suites, and maid's room with bath. Residents of the penthouses enjoy up to four parking spaces! This is well-managed building, with a recently remodeled lobby and entryway and private covered driveway.

Floor Plans

Floor plans for the Regency Wilshire have not been made publicly available.

Amenities

The Wilshire Regent is a full-service highrise condominium with many amenities such as a sundeck with large pool that is heated year round and sports a hot tub as well.

Valet, concierge, doorman, guest suite, and a fitness facility are some of the other luxury amenities available to residents of this building.

The building also features banquet facilities, a sauna, security, and a storage area

The Wilshire Regent is also only a short walk from Westwood Village.

Bylaws

Regency Wilshire Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No



There appear to be no age restrictions or rules against rentals of units, however, it appears that pets are not allowed in the building.

Sustainability

Being an older building, 10551 Wilshire Boulevard was not designed to be "green".

Residents who wish to live a greener life can do things such as switch to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycle as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

With a good walk score and several shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, most errands can be accomplished on foot.

Easy availability of several bus routes means that cars can be left in the garage on occasion.

Trivia

Looney Tunes characters
  • Actress Dyan Cannon lived in the Regency Wilshire at one time.
  • One notable former resident was Isadore "Friz" Freleng, an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a passing resemblance) and Speedy Gonzales.[5]
  • A newsworthy former resident was Ronni Sue Chasen, an American publicist, who once represented such actors as Michael Douglas, as well as musicians such as Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham, among others. Chasen also directed the Academy Award campaigns for more than 100 films during her career, including Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 and The Hurt Locker in 2009. Chasen was shot and killed November 16, 2010 while driving home from the premiere of the film Burlesque. Police concluded that unemployed felon Harold Martin Smith killed her during a random robbery.[6]

References

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  2. Top LA Realtor
  3. Emporis
  4. Top LA Condos
  5. Wikipedia
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