Wilshire Regent

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10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Wilshire Regent
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The Wilshire Regent
Building Information
Number of Units 208
Number of Floors 23
Year Built 1963
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Composition
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10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit About ten bus routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

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, highrise condominiums were built, 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.

When the Wilshire Regent was built in 1963 it was one of the tallest buildings on Wilshire Boulevard. Envisioned as a towering luxury oasis, this building features a wide range of amenities and is slightly unusual in that the costs of all utilities is included as part of the monthly Homeowners Association dues.[1]


Location

Located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Warner Avenue 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, and 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 maids 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. This address is in the Westwood neighborhood in Los Angeles where the most walkable coffee shop is The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and the closest grocery store is Stan's Produce.

Restaurants nearby include Moshi Daniel, Leonard Rosenaur, Blvd 16, Sandbag's, The Backyard, Ninethirty, Cravings, and Yoshinoya. Nearby schools include Westwood Um Preschool. There is also a Zipcar location approximately a half mile away for those that have occasional need of motorized transportation but prefer to forgo car ownership themselves.[3]


Construction

Wilshire Regent from the street
The 23 story, 92.47 meter tall, Wilshire Regent, built on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard at Warner Avenue and was one of the tallest buildings on Wilshire when it was constructed in 1963. The typical for this area floor-to-ceiling windows open to large balconies that evoke a more romantic time. Almost every room at the Wilshire Regent offers some sensational views of Los Angeles, the surrounding mountains and everything in between.[4]

The building's architecture os slightly dated compared to many of its more contemporary neighbours but the scattered inset balconies do lend an interesting, if somewhat busy, appearance to the building's facade. While the exterior shows its age somewhat, the lobby and hallways have been recently updated with a more modern look.


Layout and Features

The Wilshire Regent was built at a time when smaller cozy apartments were the norm. The building provides loft studios with 550 to 660 square feet of space, perfect for those looking for a smaller, more affordable, space in a premium location and luxurious setting. The Wilshire Regent also features one and two bedroom floor plans from 760 square feet to nearly 1500 square feet of living space.

Interiors of apartments will vary greatly as they have all likely been renovated to suite their owner at the time's tastes. The building does have central, heating and AC to keep residents at just the right comfort level. Home owner's association dues also include payment for satellite TV, electricity, and water.

Floor Plans

Floor plans for Wilshire Regent have not been made publicly available. See references below for video walkthroughs of the building and select suites.[5][6][7]

Amenities

This building features a concierge, banquet/meeting center, fitness room, spa, heated swimming pool, sundeck and valet parking. There is also a common laundry room and hotel style guest rooms are available for short term rent.

Bylaws

Wilshire Regent Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



The Wilshire Regent is a non smoking building and allows pets (with a weight limit).

Rentals are also allowed.


Sustainability

10501 Wilshire Boulevard is a relatively old building and 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 Walkscore rating of somewhat walkable and some shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, many errands can be accomplished on foot within a 20 minute walk.

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


Trivia

Actress Osa Massen
  • Osa Massen, a Danish actress, lived in the building at one time. She began her career as a newspaper photographer before becoming an actress. Massen appeared as Melvyn Douglas' unfaithful wife dealing with blackmailer Joan Crawford in A Woman's Face (1941) and also appeared as a mysterious woman with something to hide in Deadline at Dawn. Later in her career she appeared in guest roles on many television programs and also starred with Lloyd Bridges in the science fiction film Rocketship X-M (1950), the first outer space science fiction adventure of the post-WWII era. Her last role was on television in 1962.[8]
  • Greek movie producer Kelly Vlahakis is a resident of the Wilshire Regent.
  • Westwood is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. The estimated Westwood crime index is 60% lower than the Los Angeles average.[9]
  • Westwood is home to several vintage movie theaters, including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village, once called the Fox Theatre, and the Mann Bruin.
  • Westwood is where the infamous Playboy Mansion, and home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, is located.[10]
  • Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

References

  1. Facebook
  2. Top LA Realtor
  3. Walkscore.com
  4. Condo Domain
  5. Youtube
  6. Youtube
  7. Youtube
  8. Wikipedia
  9. Area Vibes Crime Statistics
  10. Christophe Choo


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