Sierra Towers

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9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles

Sierra Towers
Sierra Towers-LA-Exterior.jpg

A bird's eye view of Sierra Towers
Building Information
Developer Walter & Leo Minskoff
Architect Jack Charney
Management Company Sierra Towers Condominium Association
Number of Units 146
Number of Floors 32
Year Built 1965
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R4B
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Saying Sierra Towers is already well known amongst Hollywood's elite would not be an understatement. Constructed in 1965 as the Spoon Apartment Building, this 32 floor, 146 unit structure has been home to many celebrities over the years. Originally intended to be a rental property, it was converted to a condominium in 1974 and even in those early days, had no problems drawing the rich and famous to its doors.

It was known as one of the tallest buildings in Los Angeles after it was built, and it still enjoys that reputation today, standing well above any building nearby.[1]

Location

The Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood

Built on Doheny Road just minutes from Hollywood's famous Sunset Strip, there is no shortage of sights - and stars - to see. As typical of a Hollywood neighborhood, the area is home to many trendy and exclusive sites; indeed, the Soho House, a private members club for those involved in the film and media industries is just around the corner from Sierra Towers.

There are a few bus stops nearby, but given the nature of the neighborhood and the building itself it is not an unsafe assumption that many of the residents opt to drive (or be driven) around. Nevertheless, Sierra Towers is close to many of Hollywood's finest shops and restaurants, with the rest of LA being easily accessible. Of particular note is the nearby Pacific Design Center, a haven for those in the design industry.[2]

Construction

The construction is perhaps the only thing about Sierra Towers that lacks mystique; while being tremendously luxurious and high class, Sierra Towers is very much a typical condominium. Developed by Walter and Leo Linskoff and designed by Jack Charney, the building that was formerly known as the Spoon Apartment Building needed relatively little modification to facilitate its re-purposing.

The most notable feature about the tower is undoubtedly its extreme height - it is well known for being taller than any building in a two mile radius.[3] This leads to a view that can only be described as incredible, with the effect only being enhanced by the many floor to ceiling windows present within the units.

The view from Sierra Towers

Layout and Features

The 146 units in Sierra Towers range from one to three bedroom, with the smallest units being around 1100 square feet to the largest being around 2300 square feet.[4] The standard unit count per floor is six, although this has changed over the years with some past residents combining units.[5]

Some of the features include the aforementioned floor to ceiling windows, large terraces, walk-in closets, and 11 foot ceilings in each unit.

Floor Plans

A variety of floor plans from Sierra Towers are below:

Amenities

Considering its clientele, it is not surprising that Sierra Towers has a wide range of amenities for its residents:

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Center
  • 24 hour security
  • Concierge

Bylaws

Sierra Towers Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted, but only under very strict conditions and they are very limited
  • Pets are allowed
  • There is no age restriction
  • Some decks have built-in barbecues

Sustainability

Due to having been originally built in 1965, there were no measures taken to make Sierra Towers especially sustainable, though it is unlikely that anything specific about the building makes it any worse than any other structure from the same time frame.

Trivia

A list of residents, past and present, circa 2011
  • Many celebrities have owned units in Sierra Towers. The picture really speaks for itself.
  • There is a rumor that the name is plural because there was a plan to build another tower; this has neither been confirmed or denied
  • Despite the star-power inside its walls, Sierra Towers enjoys a surprisingly healthy reputation for privacy
  • The 32 floor building only has two elevators
  • Due to current zoning restrictions, the building, should it be torn down, is irreplaceable due to its height

References

  1. Sierra Towers on hollywoodreporter.com
  2. Pacific Design Center on Wikipedia
  3. Sierra Towers on Wikipedia
  4. Sierra Towers on toplacondos.com
  5. Sierra Towers on highrises.com

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