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10580 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Wilshire
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The Wilshire
Building Information
Architect Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz
Number of Units 97
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 1990
Construction Method Concrete
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10580 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit About 10 transit routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5-3-O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Wilshire


The Wilshire at 10580 Wilshire Blvd. is known as one of the more magnificent condominium buildings in Los Angeles. With 27 stories and 97 units it provides the finest services in the city. Built in 199 almost every unit has been remodeled and has floor to ceiling windows, private elevator access and every amenity imaginable, including full concierge services.

The Wilshire is located in the heart of the Wilshire Corridor and offers outstanding views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Los Angeles city skyline. Comfortably located just minutes from Beverly Center and southwest of West Hollywood east of Brentwood, 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and 10 minutes north of Culver City, The Wilshire offers everything resident could want from a home on Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard.[1]


Location

The Wilshire is located on the winding two mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Westholme Avenue and Thayer Avenue. This section of LA, to the east of Westwood Village, is dominated by residential high-rises, and is variously known as the Millionaire's Mile, the Golden Mile or the Wilshire Corridor. Wilshire Boulevard is one of the main east-west roads in Los Angeles. It was named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire (1861–1927), an Ohio native who made and lost fortunes in real estate, farming, and gold mining. Henry Wilshire initiated what was to become Wilshire Boulevard in the 1890s by clearing out a path in his barley field. A historic apartment building on Wilshire Boulevard, the Gaylord, carries his middle name.

Starting at Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles and running just over 15 miles to Ocean Avenue in the City of Santa Monica, Wilshire Boulevard is a densely developed thoroughfare, connecting five of Los Angeles's major business districts to each other, as well as Beverly Hills, home to some of the world's most luxurious boutiques. Many of the post-1956 skyscrapers in Los Angeles are located along Wilshire with one of the oldest and tallest known simply as "One Wilshire." Aon Center, at one point Los Angeles' largest (and presently second-largest) tower, is at 707 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles.

The Wilshire Corridor, located next to Century City, is one of the city's busiest districts, and contains many high-rise residential towers. The Fox and MGM studios are located in a series of skyscrapers, along with many historic Los Angeles hotels are on the Corridor as well.[2]

Construction

The Wilshire's front entry and drive

The Wilshire was built in 1991, designed by the firm of Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz (KMD) and has received numerous major design awards for its architecture and splendor. The Wilshire has been remodeled with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous balconies feature stunning views from just about every unit almost every unit and every amenity. The Wilshire’s spectacular limestone and copper exterior is unmistakable. The building makes extensive use of balconies and enclosed glass conservatories on the lower levels to admit natural light and to take advantage of panoramic views stretching from Century City to Beverly Hills.

Founded by Herbert McLaughlin, KMD has won over 200 design awards, including 40 from AIA chapters and affiliates. Awards include: the Urban Landscape - Toshi Keikan Prize for Achievement for Nadya Park (International Design Center, Nagoya, Japan); the Chicago Athenaeum award for Kookmin Bank Headquarters in Seoul; and five awards by the AIA Committee on Architecture including two with special Citations. The firm has also been recognized for its success in international design competitions.[3]

Layout and Features

Each floor of The Wilshire has only four apartments served by a private elevator, each with their own corner of the building. This is a high end building that is now 23 years old so it is likely that all the units have been renovated and updated and each will likely have its own look and feel. However, expect all to have high end finishes and accouterments.

Each unit is wired for high speed internet access. Elevators are accessed by a secured bio-metric finger scan system. The building has satellite cable TV with high definition and is Direct TV ready. there is a state-of-the-art CCTV security monitoring system throughout the premises and units have alarm monitoring systems including panic alert.

Floor Plans

Floor plans for Wilshire are not readily available. See references below for links to video walk-throughs of one of several suites[4].[5][6]

Amenities

The Wilshire is the epitome of luxury and stylish living. The building offers a huge array of amenities and services including an internal house line connection from the front desk to each unit with voice-mail capability, a heated salt water swimming pool with poolside patio and deck. Also in the building, are a catering kitchen, fitness center with state-of-the-art Techno-Gym equipment and Pilates, individually mounted color TV monitors and internet, wine storage for each unit located on the ground floor and private storage units located on each parking level.

Residents also have access to an event room, game/card room, business center and conference area, a wireless internet computer station for public use and fax service

The Wilshire is a full service building that includes: a General Manager on site Monday to Friday and accessible 24/7, including evenings and weekends, a Security Director on site with 24hour security staff, a complimentary 24-hour valet service. The building has engineering and maintenance staff on site with complimentary annual and semi-annual maintenance per unit, including fan coils, HVAC filter replacements, smoke alarms, drain cleaning, etcetera. Residents can take advantage of call screening from front desk, wake-up calls programmed from front desk and a complimentary licensed Notary Public.

A full concierge service provides incoming and outgoing mail/packages, both domestic and international, entertainment reservations, driving directions, airline reservations, transportation arrangements, internet searches, incoming and outgoing florist deliveries and incoming and outgoing dry cleaning deliveries. Other services include vehicle maintenance and repair delivery and pickup and personal transportation using the homeowner's vehicle.

For additional fees, the concierge can provide daily newspaper delivery to each private vestibule, out-of-town mail forwarding, car wash and auto detailing, a locksmith, housekeeping referrals, personal trainer referrals, pet care/dog walking referrals, plant maintenance referrals or catering recommendations.

Bylaws

Wilshire Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


The Wilshire is a pet friendly building (with certain restrictions), does not restrict the age of residents and allows rental of apartments.

Sustainability

The Wilshire was not built as a "green" building. Residents can make their own lifestyle choices to live a more environmentally friendly existence. These can include water and electrical conservation, switching to low energy light bulbs, recycling and limiting car use.

There are several of cafes, restaurants, theaters, libraries and schools within a 15 minute or less walk. Easy availability of several bus routes means that cars can be left in the garage on occasion.[7]

Trivia

Farah Fawcett
  • Actress and model Farah Fawcett lived in the Wilshire before her death in 2009.
  • Tori Spelling lived in the Wilshire at one time as did notorious actor, Charlie Sheen.
  • Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was a Wilshire resident.
  • Wilshire Boulevard previously ended at the MacArthur Park lake. However, in 1934 a berm was built for it to cross the lake and link up with the existing Orange Street which stretched into downtown Los Angeles. Orange Street was renamed Wilshire and extended east. This divided the lake into two halves; the northern half was later drained.


References

  1. Highrises.com
  2. Wikipedia
  3. KMD Architects
  4. Youtube
  5. Youtube
  6. Vimeo
  7. Walk Score


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