Wilshire Thayer

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10550 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Wilshire Thayer
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10550 Wilshire Boulevard
Building Information
Architect Charles Kober and Associates
Management Company Ross Morgan & Company
Number of Units 50
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1981
Construction Method Concrete
Distance to Public Transit About ten bus routes nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Wilshire Thayer
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.

One of only two brick buildings on the Wilshire Corridor, The Wilshire Thayer is a sought-after New York style boutique condominium. This is a quaint building on the Southeast corner of Wilshire and Thayer. The building's entrance is on Thayer Avenue as well, making it more convenient to enter and exit.

An almost obsessive following results in units that come up on the market selling very quickly at mid-range prices. This little known jewel on the corridor is 13 stories tall, with only 50 units, and was built in 1981.[1]


Location

The Wilshire Thayer is located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Thayer Avenue. This part of the Wilshire Boulevard is known as the Millionaire's Mile, the Golden Mile or the Wilshire Corridor 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. [3]


Construction

The building at night
The Wilshire Thayer, Built in 1981 and designed by architects Charles Kober and Associates, offers contemporary design and modern architecture in the heart of the Wilshire Corridor. This beautiful building features 50 units on 13 floors offering, many offering views of the mountains and Los Angeles city skyline.

The Wilshire Thayer is unique in that it is one of only two brick buildings in the area, thus offering a distinct and almost New York feel when compared to neighboring buildings.

Architectural drawing of Pasadena Plaza
Charles McChesney "Chuck" Kober was an architect and an avid sailor who planned mammoth commercial projects such as Los Angeles' Vermont-Wilshire subway station.

In 1984, he melded the vocation with the avocation to help guide the yachting events for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He raced or coached in yachting regattas at five Olympics, and died Oct. 22, 2001 at a Bangor, Maine. Kober was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Portland, Oregon, and San Marino, California. Kober is best known for his work on large commercial complexes and examples of his work are the 1.3-million-square-foot Dearbrook Mall in Houston or the gigantic retail complex on Baltimore's Inner Harbor. He also designed the Pasadena Plaza. [4]

In 2010 all concrete balconies were refreshed and repaired. A work plan to repair all exterior brick and exterior wall waterproofing is currently in the works.[5]

Layout and Features

The Wilshire Thayer has relatively few apartments compared to other area high rises and is known for its units that offer a great deal of privacy paired with quality construction and modern design.

The Wilshire Thayer features two or four bedroom floor plans from a nicely sized 1700 square feet to a palatial 5500 square feet. Fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to the generous living rooms, floor to ceiling windows let the California sunshine stream into the living spaces and over sized doors beckon residents onto beautiful balconies sporting excellent views of the area.

While each unit is distinctive in its design, most may include hardwood flooring, granite counter tops, marble baths, updated cabinetry, modern features and practical conveniences. Given the upscale nature of the building and its age, most units have likely been remodeled and modernized to suit the tastes of recent owners.[6]

Floor Plans

Floor plans for Wilshire Thayer have not been made publicly available. See references below for a link to a video walk-through of one of the penthouse suites[7].

Amenities

The Wilshire Thayer is an upscale building with the usual assortment of high end amenities such as a 24 hour security, concierge and valet with underground parking, door person, exercise room and meeting room. Residents are kept comfortable with central heating and AC. One very interesting feature for the jet set crowd is a functional heliport on the building's roof for the 'A' list actors or budding Donald Trump's in the crowd.


Bylaws

Wilshire Thayer Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No



The Wilshire Thayer does not allow pets in the building but does allow rentals of units. There are no age restrictions for residents.

Sustainability

Being an older building, 10550 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.

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

Trivia

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
  • The Wilshire Thayer was used as the location for Luke Fuller's apartment in the television show Dynasty.

References

  1. Highrises.com
  2. Top LA Realtor
  3. Walkscore.com
  4. Charles Kober Obituary
  5. Four Point Construction and Design
  6. Top LA Condos
  7. Mark Rogo-Coldwell Banker
  8. Area Vibes Crime Statistics
  9. Christophe Choo

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