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Now Renting: 1111 Wilshire Brings 210-Units to Downtown LA City West Neighborhood

The new 210-unit Eleven Eleven Wilshire in City West has completed construction and expects the first residents to move in next month

The new 210-unit Eleven Eleven Wilshire in City West has completed construction and expects the first residents to move in next month

Last summer, we saw that construction was humming along nicely for the newest mixed-use project rising in City West, which is an urban neighborhood of Downtown LA just west of the Financial District over the 110 freeway (the landmark 1100 Wilshire tower resides in City West as well). The seven story apartment rental building with ground floor retail developed by Holland Partners, named simply after its address “Eleven Eleven Wilshire” (aka 1111 Wilshire), is about 95% complete and is waiting to receive their TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) from the city soon before their first residential occupants can begin moving in hopefully by March 2013.

The rental market has been extremely tight in Downtown LA, to say the least, with many credible sources citing a 2% vacancy in the overall downtown market. That kind of demand translates into a lot more rental units now under construction, including City West’s 1111 Wilshire, which has already received strong demand with approximately 15% pre-leased according to the property manager Brook Purcell. The building will be attractive to a wide variety of renters as there about two dozen different layouts with studios, one, two, and three bedrooms available. Most of the units come with a balcony as well. In addition, the building is stocked with amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, pool and BBQ lounge area, and an amazing rooftop garden. Prices range from $1,485 for a studio to $3,500 for a three bedroom unit.

What excites me the most about 1111 Wilshire is the energy it’ll inject into the neighborhood when the building is eventually fully occupied. With potentially 300 net positive residents, many will be coming out to walk their dogs, jog, or even walk to work, which will help activate our streets with more pedestrians. There is also about 8,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor with plans to bring in a couple of new restaurants, increasing the amenities available to City West residents in this burgeoning urban neighborhood.

Many units in 1111 Wilshire have balconies overlooking the city

Many units in 1111 Wilshire have balconies overlooking the city

1111 Wilshire will add more residents to City West, helping to activate the streets with more pedestrian activity

1111 Wilshire will add more residents to City West, helping to activate the streets with more pedestrian activity

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  1. Robert90033 says

    City West…the Gateway to the westside. From this point all the way to the beach is the City’s western region.

    • Horthos says

      Yeah, because nothing screams out “the westside” quite like Westlake and Macarthur Park…

  2. Rob Nesbitt says

    I like this building because it brings some color and an interesting facade to an otherwise dull, colorless area. Compared to Jeff Palmer’s Italian-Spanish fiascoes, this building is a breath of fresh air plus the retail will add more pedestrian interest and traffic.

  3. John G. says

    Agree with Ryan, should have been more taller and denser.

  4. sebastian says

    There is something about short buildings in an urban neighborhood that doesn’t click.

  5. sebastian says

    Brig, can you show a before and after pic of this when it was a parking lot.

  6. another cheap way to build in downtown LA. Keep it under 7 stories to build with wood. Because over that the city requires the building to be build out of steel and concrete. Downtown is going to look like San diego soon with all the low rises.

  7. John G. says

    The bigger problem I see is in the long-term development of downtown Los Angeles. These low-rise buildings have life-time cycles over 30+ years. That’s a very long time for growth and development to evolve. With lower densities at or near the downtown core, future developments gets pushed further out, mirroring the same devlopment patterns we have been doing with our suburbs. This is the wrong track for sustainability and walkability, especially at the urban core. The city zoning I feel isn’t the main issue. It’s the city leadership and political NIMBYs that will have a far larger impact in how our downtown buildings evolve. LA doesn’t have the long historical luxury of high urban density like other global cities, hence what gets built now sets the precedence and impetus for future growth.

    One example of city leadership and political NIMBYism is the Wilshire Grand Tower. I’m sure many won’t call bedroom-tax breaks leadership, but if it wasn’t for the city working with the developers, this tower might not have ever been built. And the facade lighting on the building was a major issue for many folks, with some even complaining that drivers would get distracted and get into car accidents. All these things sets the tone and risk for downtown development.

    In my opinion however, in the long-run we will start seeing less low-rises as downtown Los Angeles becomes more dense and gentrifies from its current state. What we are seeing now is just the beginning of taller developments to come. Unfortunately, we risk the pattern of building things without any real central planning.

  8. Jarrett says

    It’s not JUST about being tall. This new 7-story building is actually quite a bit friendlier to pedestrians than the hulking 1100 Wilshire across the street, which yes, has ground floor retail but then has floors and floors of blank walls with parking behind. Totally ugly and anti-pedestrian.

  9. Way too many size queens on here. Most of the walkable cities of Europe are made up of buildings under 7 stories. How these buildings look at ground level and access to mass transit are what make them so walkable. The immediate area west of the 110 isn’t the greatest, so new development at this scale is an improvement.

  10. Horthos says

    I care more about how a building looks rather than its size. That being said though, this building is downright ugly….

    Given LAs history of destroying its history, 20, 30 years from now when its building much larger stuff, these 7 floor critters will face the wrecking ball just as the buildings that sat in their place before them did. I only hope that by then architecture starts looking good again.

  11. John G. says

    @ Jarrett and Ryan,

    Size and height plays an important part to a buildings FUNCTIONALITY within a community. It’s total square footage to provide housing, jobs, and retail is directly related to its available space, whether it’s floor-to-area ratio promotes it to be a a 7 story or 70 story. So what exactly do mean by “size queens”? Are you just going off size and looks? When I say it should have been taller, I’m also looking at it’s long-term functionality as an incubator for businesses, “in-situ” units to provide higher-density for future housing demand, and giving the city of Los Angeles the STRUCTURAL DENSITY for higher-capacity growth to commensurate the DAY-TIME density growth of Los Angeles as we continue to grow.

    Speaking of densities, let’s go over the THREE types of density in an urban city…

    1. Night-time density – The number of people who sleep in a city, who call it home – this is what the US Census looks at.

    2. Day-time density – The fluctuating number of people who leave and enter the city throughout the course of the day.

    3. Structural density – The capacity of a city’s infrastructure.

    As an example, Manhattan’s night-time density is approximately 2.2 million residents. But during the course of the day, it can swell up to about 5 million people. The city can do this because it has the structural density to accomodate all these people at any given time within a 24-hour period. Now, let’s take Santa Monica’s city population of approximately 90,000 people. That’s just the night-time population density. How about the daily population through out the course of the day, especially with the SM Pier and Third St. Promenade? The numbers can easily go over 250,000 visitors. Why do you think Santa Monica has so much traffic and congestion? Not only is it about too many cars, but it’s STRUCTURAL DENSITY falls behind its DAY-TIME density.

    And please, stop comparing building heights here and how they work in Europe. First of all, zoning and land-use in Europe is far different than the segregated-land use zoning we have here in Los Angeles. Second, although we are just starting to created more mixed-use developments, mass transit in Europe is far superior to make low-rise developments there more effective. Many things there work in SYNERGY. Bike lanes there are more effective because proximity of mixed-uses (retail and housing) makes bike-riding very conducive in lieu of short-trip commutes by car. When I was in Prague, even apartment buildings there were all lined-up 12 to 16 stories tall! This 7-story project still pales in comparison…

    This 7-story will definitely make this place walkable, but building taller and denser prepares it for the near and long-term future, considering the life-cycles of such developments. They are not easily disposable and adaptable to population growth once it’s built. Hence, we need to stop thinking in the short-term and start thinking in the long-term if we are to make Los Angeles are true livable city!!!

    • I think many of us are thinking long term here, but the corporate powers that be have decided that there is more readily available funding right now to build these Type III structures. We are beginning to see some taller builds starting as well, but there are even more surface parking lots that need to be replaced.

      I don’t love the Type III buildings, but I’d be happy to see them begin replace all the existing surface parking lots. As this occurs, the residential density will rise, making taller projects more tempting for developers. Soon, low- and mid-rise buildings just won’t pencil out.

      After the parking lots, then on the one- and two-story buildings, I say!

  12. Robert90033 says

    Well the Westlake/MacArthur Park can be an eyesore, but it is still on the City’s westside. That is the reason why all the east/west streets are desiganted as west. This idea that only the far westside is “thee westside” is totally wrong.

    • brudy says

      But does anybody actually think the westside starts at Bixel? More like La Brea, maybe. It’s economic and cultural, not semantic.

    • Well, not all “West” streets constitute the Westside. That would mean everything west of City Hall is the Westside and everything east of City Hall is the Eastside. I would venture that most Angelenos would disagree with that assessment and, to be honest, it’s really the residents as a whole who decide where these unofficial neighborhoods are located.

      • Well…..Ahhh…..yes, First and Main Streets, Downtown Los Angeles, have historically always been where the City eastside/west side division begins. As for the residents determining what side of the City they live in, then it’s truly a sad time when a whole group of transplants have come to our City of Los Angeles and rearranged the traditional boundaries in order to suit themselves without any consideration to the generations of residents who already live here and to the history of our City.

  13. sebastian says

    I just think it looks weird seeing a 7 story building next to a 40 story building. Dense or not.

  14. Robert90033 says

    Many people actually do see the westside as beginning west of Downtown L.A. brudy. It’s usually the people who come out from the midwest or eastcoast or any other place outside the City and settle in the far westside region that tend to see everything east of the beach as eastside. =)

    • raymond3000 says

      Many locals also view anything west of Downtown (up to maybe say Western or a little more further up to La Cienega as Central LA. Then anything west of there as the official Westside vs many thinking anything east of Western excluding La Cienega altogether as the “Eastside” its all subjective I figure.

  15. Robert90033 says

    I agree with you raymond, that many locals consider east of Western as being “eastside”. However they are usally recent arrivals to the City who don’t recognize Downtown Los Angeles as the Center of the City. Ask any Native Angeleno where the eastside is and more often than not they will tell you it is east of the Los Angeles River. =)

  16. Melissa says

    Working for an architecture firm that is probably a competitor, I have to give credit where credit is do and say that I think they did a nice job with the design. It’s fun and I like the color scheme.

  17. david says

    Wow. The posters here are really dimwitted…..

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