Solair

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3785 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Solair
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Solair Exterior
Building Information
Developer Koar Wilshire
Architect Archeon International
Management Company ST Residential
Number of Units 186
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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3785 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C4-2
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Solair Exterior Lit at Night


In the 1920s, Wilshire Boulevard became a tourist attraction due the large number of roof-top neon signs. Hollywood's elite took residence in the New York style apartments found in the area. The iconic Brown Derby was founded by Gloria Swanson and her husband, Herbert Somborn, on Wilshire and Alexandria in 1926.

During the Hollywood Golden Era, what is now Koreatown was referred to as the "Upper East Side" of the West Coast. The Great Depression did not slow this area down, and wealth and prestige built throughout the era. Actors went to Wilshire Boulevard between Vermont and Western Avenues to see and be seen.

In the 1950s the area experienced a decline, as businesses moved west to the suburbs. Property values took a downward turn, and in the 1960s many new Korean immigrants found the area suitable. Political changes in South Korea influenced higher immigration to the neighborhood in the 1970s, and in 1974 the Korean Youth and Community Center was opened.

Koreatown was hit hardest by the 1992 LA Riots, which incited new political activism and divided the neighborhood along political lines. In 2000, the city of Los Angeles sought to revitalize the area and removed many taxes they felt had obstructed economic growth. The Solair is one of many buildings which resulted from the revitalization effort.[1]


Location

The Solair is located in Koreatown, a central Los Angeles neighborhood. The area is the most densely populated area in the United States. In spite of the name, Korean-Americans make up only about a quarter of the population. Latin Americans make up about half the population, and the mixing of cultures has spread to food, language, shopping, and nightlife.

Koreatown caters to entertainment and socializing at all hours, and has the highest concentration of businesses open at night in Southern California. Over 1,100 establishments including bars, clubs, restaurants, spas, karaoke bars, theaters, pool-halls, coffeehouses, hookah lounges, and internet parlors are open late.[2]

Solair is about 15 minutes from Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, and Hollywood. It is directly above Wilshire and Western Metro Purple Line Station. Within about three blocks of Solair are restaurants and bars, grocery, schools (of the Los Angeles Unified district), and car and bike shares. About five blocks away is the South Serrano Avenue Historic District.[3]

Construction

The Solair sits on 2.6 acres, and is the first mixed-use building constructed in Koreatown since the opening of the Metro Red Line on 2000. The now defunct Archeon International architecture firm designed the building. Christopher C. Pak, President and Chief Executive of Archeon, specialises in architecture, urban planning, and interior design, completing projects in the United States and Asia.

Pak has served as chairman of the City of Los Angeles Board of Zoning Appeals, member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as board member of the Korean American Coalition, Westchester YMCA, and Consumer Advisory Panel for Southern California Edison. Pak was raised in Koreatown and advocates for a denser, taller city.[4]

Developer Koar Wilshire has experience with mixed-use construction, with previous projects including The Pasadena Hilton, The Harbor Place Tower in Long Beach, and Montana Plaza in Santa Monica.[5]

Layout and Features

Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows and most have large terraces. Walk-in closets and over sized master bathrooms are featured in most units. Units have top of the line appliances and interior finishing.[6]

Interior designs are by Susan Manrao. Manrao has ample boutique hotel interior design and marketing experience. Manrao worked in New York for many years before returning to California in 2008 to accept a position as Global Head of Design for Hilton Hotels' Prestige Portfolio. She began her own studio in 2009.[7]

Solair features a private, seventh floor resort-style amenity deck with spa, lounge, and fitness areas. The second-floor lobby features an exclusive business center and conference room. The ground and second levels house public shops including services and dining. The residential portion of the building has controlled access and 24-hour surveillance monitoring from the second-floor lobby.[8]

Floor Plans

Floor plans are available for nearly every unit on the building's website.[9] This building focuses on two and three bedroom units. Here is a sampling:

Amenities

  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Outdoor Fire Pits
  • Resident herb gardens
  • Indoor/outdoor Lounge
  • Fitness and Yoga Room
  • Resident’s club
  • Business Center and Conference Room
  • Concierge & Porter
  • Private Storage
  • Secured Parking, Guest Parking
  • Security for Residential Entry
  • Outdoor Dining Area with Built in Barbeques
  • Library Lounge
  • Resident Dining Lounge
  • Roof Deck[10]

Bylaws

Solair Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Barbecues Yes


Sustainability

Solair was designed with "Sustainable Natural & Healthy Materials that are Eco-conscious and Energy Efficient."[11]

Units have energy efficient fixtures and appliances.

There are few bike lanes in the area, but also few hills.

As of 2013, the City of Los Angeles operates the largest residential curbside recycling program in the United States.

Residents can participate in this program to minimize their impact.[12]

Trivia

Wilsire Boulevard is named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire. Born on the 7th of June 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he moved to Los Angeles in 1884.

Wilshire
    • Wilsire was the Nationalist Party Congressional candidate for the 6th California District in 1890.
    • In 1895 he began developing an elite residential subdivision adjacent to what is now known as MacArthur Park. Wilshire donated a strip of land for the city to construct a boulevard, with one of the conditions being that they name the boulevard after him.
    • In 1900, Wilshire was arrested for speaking in a public park. Although a judge dismissed the charges, Wilshire left Los Angeles as a result.[13]
    • MacArthur Park is about 1.7 miles from Solair, about a 30 - 40 minute walk, or a five minute drive

References

  1. Wikipedia - Koreatown
  2. Wikipedia - Koreatown
  3. Walkscore
  4. Zoom Info
  5. Wilshire Center
  6. Metro
  7. Susan Manrao
  8. High Rises
  9. Solair
  10. top LA Condos
  11. LA Condo Search
  12. LA City
  13. Wikipedia - Henry Gaylord Wilshire


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