Barker Block Phase 2: First Look Inside Downtown LA’s Newest Condos Coming to the Arts District

With 68 new lofts for sale at the Barker Block Warehouse No 1, that only represents 1% of the total number of market-rate residential units under construction right now in Downtown LA

With 68 new lofts for sale at the Barker Block Warehouse No 1, that only represents 1% of the total number of market-rate residential units under construction right now in Downtown LA

With over 5,000 residential market rate units under construction right now in Downtown LA — from South Park to Chinatown, Bunker Hill to the Arts District — only one development project will actually offer condo units for sale as opposed to apartments/lofts for rent. The highly anticipated second phase of Barker Block — located in the Arts District, one of the hottest up-and-coming urban neighborhoods in the country — will be bringing 68 new condo units to the market. Out of ~5,000 units under construction, the new Barker Block Warehouse No 1 units only represent about 1% of the total! Given the low supply and the pent-up demand for new condos, you can only imagine the buyers’ interest for these new Barker Block units. According to the co-developer, KOR, there are 2,800 registered on the interest list.

Construction is wrapping up as Barker Block prepares to release 15 units to the public this weekend at a sales event that will run from Saturday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Units at the Barker Block range in size from 679 to 2,000 square feet in two buildings (the building facing Palmetto is called “#5″ and the other “#6″ in back of it). However, during the sales event, all 15 units will be located in Building #5. Twelve units will be open-style loft units ranging in size from 679 to 995 square feet and the remaining three units will be stunning two-story townhomes ranging from 1,232 to 1,355 square feet. Prices will start in the low $400,000 range.

Amenities onsite will include a gallery breeze-way that provides access into the other adjacent Barker Block building (the original first phase); an outdoor lounge with green canopy, water fountain, fireplace, and seating areas (still under construction); and the outdoor furnished courtyard within Building #5 that was created by removing the original warehouse roof exposing the historic wooden trusses. Because the entire Barker Block HOA is one contiguous complex, residents in both buildings (phase 1 and 2) will be able to access each other’s amenities, which also includes a gym and pool. Parking for Barker Block Warehouse No 1 residents will be located in a parking structure just up Molino. Yes, the parking will be deeded.

A little historical background: The Barker Block, once the warehouse for the LA-based Barker Brothers furniture company headquartered on 7th Street in the Financial District in Downtown LA, was built in the early 1900s. Barker Brothers started in 1882 and lasted for 110 years before shuttering, sadly, in 1992.

Barker Block Warehouse No 1 is divided into two buildings: #5 (in front) and #6 (in back) with the parking structure seen in the very back along Molino Street

Barker Block Warehouse No 1 is divided into two buildings: #5 (in front) and #6 (in back) with the parking structure seen in the very back along Molino Street

The exposed brick walls of the Barker Block Warehouse No 1 with the gallery breeze way seen below

The exposed brick walls of the Barker Block Warehouse No 1 with the gallery breeze way seen below

The outdoor furnished courtyard with original historic exposed wooden trusses

The outdoor furnished courtyard with original historic exposed wooden trusses

The floor count number is made up of reused container parts salvaged from the Arts District itself

The floor count number is made up of reused container parts salvaged from the Arts District itself

Unit 111

Unit 111 is a two-story townhome at 1328 SF with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors

Unit 111 is a two-story townhome at 1328 SF with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors

Second floor of unit 111 with private balcony facing the outdoor courtyard

Second floor of unit 111 with private balcony facing the outdoor courtyard

Unit 111 is a two bedroom townhome

Unit 111 is a two bedroom townhome

Unit 111 will be the only townhome with its own private outdoor patio on the ground floor facing Palmetto Street

Unit 111 will be the only townhome with its own private outdoor patio on the ground floor facing Palmetto Street

Unit 215

Historic and modern: The second floor with exposed original wooden trusses

Historic and modern: The second floor with exposed original wooden trusses

The font and style used for the unit numbers are inspired from the first phase of Barker Block

The font and style used for the unit numbers are inspired from the first phase of Barker Block

Unit 215 with exposed original wooden trusses

Unit 215 with exposed original wooden trusses

The living room has soaring ceilings (~18+ feet) and this beautiful window allowing tons of light to penetrate the unit

The living room has soaring ceilings (~18+ feet) and this beautiful window allowing tons of light to penetrate the unit

Living room with exposed wooden trusses

Living room with exposed wooden trusses

The open style kitchen with light and dark cabinetry

The open style kitchen with light and dark cabinetry

The bathroom includes deep tubs and travertine floors

The bathroom includes deep tubs and travertine floors

3 Responses to Barker Block Phase 2: First Look Inside Downtown LA’s Newest Condos Coming to the Arts District

  1. Those look amazing…

  2. wonderful. if I were in a position to buy right now…I would. le sigh, someone else shall be quite happy. :)

  3. Phase 1 Barker Block Resident

    Cheaply built with odd and cramped floor plans.

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