Downtown LA Chinatown’s New Jia Apartments: Amenity Rich and Super Pet Friendly

Chinatown's first market rate housing development, Jia Apartments, is now open adjacent to the Chinatown gateway at Broadway and Cesar Chavez

Chinatown’s first market rate housing development, Jia Apartments, is now open adjacent to the Chinatown gateway at Broadway and Cesar Chavez

After more than two and a half years of construction, Chinatown’s very first market rate housing development called Jia Apartments is now officially open. Developed, owned, and managed by Equity Residential, the new mixed-use project — with a new Starbucks opening in early April and a couple more restaurants in lease negotiations — rises six stories adjacent to the striking Chinatown gateway with its twin golden dragons guarding the Broadway entry. Jia Apartments, which cost $93 million to develop, signals a new economic incline for Chinatown as more money is being invested into this northern district of Downtown LA. Finally, Chinatown joins the rest of downtown’s development wave that has reinvigorated the city center with new life and regional relevancy.

Move-ins at Jia started in late January and already twenty units are now occupied out of 280 total consisting of studios, one, and two bedrooms. Another ten leases signed will be moving in soon according to the leasing center. All units come with kitchen appliances (with gas stoves) and a front loading washer and dryer. All residents also get one onsite parking spot per bedroom included in the rent.

A breakdown of units and snapshot of pricing include: studios averaging 614 square feet start at $1765, one bedrooms averaging 758 square feet start at $1825, and two bedrooms averaging 1173 square feet start at $2525.

What anyone will notice while getting a tour of Jia is just how amenity rich this apartment complex is. The outdoor pool located on the second floor is surrounded by ample lounging chairs and cabanas as well as a spa. More lounging chairs straddle a double-sided fireplace near the pool with two large barbeque grills. A “socialize cabana room” along with another huge recreational clubroom that’s got a full sized kitchen and billiard table become extensions of the pool deck. In addition, there is an expansive 24-hour fitness center with weights, machines, and cardio equipment. And a business center with conference table to top things off.

As a dog owner myself, I was also pleasantly surprised just how pet friendly this building is. The apartment allows up to three pets per unit with no size restrictions on dogs! If you want to attract the new generation of urban dwellers, being pet friendly definitely can’t hurt. Even so, what could be improved is adding a dog run, which currently does not exist nor are there any plans to add one on site. Perhaps with enough demand that could change.

Lastly, we should clarify how to pronounce¬†Jia, which means home in Mandarin Chinese. When I first called the new apartment complex in Chinatown this week, a recorded female voice said “Thank you for calling Jia (Gee-uh) Apartments,” which just about made me squirm! If the effort was made to name the apartment after an actual Chinese word, which is deferential to Chinatown, I think it should also be pronounced correctly, don’t you think? Click here to listen to a pretty accurate pronunciation from Google Translate.

For more info about Jia Apartments and other Equity Residential properties in Downtown LA, click here.

Outside Tour at Jia Apartments

A view of Jia Apartments leasing center/front entrance along Broadway

A view of Jia Apartments leasing center/front entrance along Broadway

Jia Apartments sits next to the Chinatown gateway with the downtown skyline seen in the distance

Jia Apartments sits next to the Chinatown gateway with the downtown skyline seen in the distance

Welcome to Chinatown plaque sandwiched between the gateway pillars

Welcome to Chinatown plaque sandwiched between the gateway pillars

A view of the red and white facade with balconies along Broadway

A view of the red and white facade with balconies along Broadway

New retail space along with wider sidewalks

New retail space along with wider sidewalks

A new Starbucks will be going into this corner space opening planned for April 8, 2014

A new Starbucks will be going into this corner space opening planned for April 8, 2014

A new LED art piece by LA-based artist Susan Narduli will be turned on in the next couple of weeks with artistic images of "fire" during the day and "water" at night

A new LED art piece by LA-based artist Susan Narduli will be turned on in the next couple of weeks with artistic images of “fire” during the day and “water” at night

Inside Tour at Jia Apartments

The cavernous leasing center greets potential and existing residents

The cavernous leasing center greets potential and existing residents

Hallways have traditional Chinese doors (inoperable) as part of the interior design

Hallways have traditional Chinese doors (inoperable) as part of the interior design

The hallways have openings to the outside allowing for ample circulation of fresh air

The hallways have openings to the outside allowing for ample circulation of fresh air

One bedroom floor plan with open style kitchen and island

One bedroom floor plan with open style kitchen and island

The living room

The living room

Most units come with a balcony

Most units come with a balcony

The bedroom fits a king size bed

The bedroom fits a king size bed

Walk-in closet

Walk-in closet

Extra spacious bathroom (required by ADA to allow for a wheelchair to be able to turn around inside)

Extra spacious bathroom (required by ADA to allow for a wheelchair to be able to turn around inside)

All units come with washer and dryer

All units come with washer and dryer

A view of the twin golden dragons from the sixth floor of Jia Apartments

A view of the twin golden dragons from the sixth floor of Jia Apartments

Residential Amenities at Jia Apartments

Socialize: something Jia Apartments hope to have their guests do while living here

Socialize: something Jia Apartments hope to have their guests do while living here

Pool deck with lounging chairs, cabanas, spa, and barbeque grills

Pool deck with lounging chairs, cabanas, spa, and barbeque grills

The pool

The pool

Double sided fireplace with lounging chairs

Double sided fireplace with lounging chairs

The "Socialize" room: one of many places for residents and their guests to hang out and lounge at

The “Socialize” room: one of many places for residents and their guests to hang out and lounge at

The huge club room that opens out to the pool deck

The huge club room that opens out to the pool deck

Kitchen inside the clubroom

Kitchen inside the clubroom

The huge 24 hour fitness center with weights and cardio

The huge 24 hour fitness center with weights and cardio

City Hall framed nicely in this zen garden view at Jia Apartments

City Hall framed nicely in this zen garden view at Jia Apartments

15 Responses to Downtown LA Chinatown’s New Jia Apartments: Amenity Rich and Super Pet Friendly

  1. Scott Williams

    Dreadful inside and out.

  2. The units look pretty nice although it’s to say without being in one. Floors don’t look like real hardwood. I do think the exterior is pretty bad. TCA has really lowered the bar on this one. The design is incredibly generic and already appears dated. The stucco looks very cheap. The Hill St view reveals a huge monolithic monstrosity.

    The rents are high IMO, but I guess that’s for the amenities? While close to the train and a 15 minute walk to civic center, it’s not a pleasant walk at all. That said, Chinatown itself is pretty cool, but I’m not sure what’s cool about Chinatown will appeal to the people who would want to live here.

    And as an aside, all these buildings with all these amenities, it just decreases urban interaction and walkability. These inward facing campuses just create their own inner worlds, rather than pushing people out to interact with their surroundings.

  3. I think its a very attractive complex. Nice amenities and all but $1765 for a studio is ridiculous.

  4. This project should have been taller, with more units, and not so heavy on the amenities (its trying to be like a hotel when its not). These things could have offset the high rent prices and allowed more housing for more people.

  5. I agree with John much taller.

  6. I like that photo of City Hall in the backdrop!

  7. What about the places on Alameda by the Gold Line Metro stop? Is that market rate? And how long has it been open?

  8. Wow! I think it’s a great looking complex. Thanks for going to the trouble of taking so many photos so we could really get a sense of the place. I think these units will go fast.

  9. I’m all for mixed use and increased densities in LA, but TCA architects should have their license revoked. Fugly!

  10. It’s not as bad as some people make it out to be, I think it’s a good start for the area. As Chinatown becomes more desirable, the better the projects will be. With that said, any news on what’s happening at the old Velvet Turtle lot? They’ve all but demolished the whole thing.

  11. its beautiful!! :)

  12. BARF CITY! Looks like a cheap motel with flashy appliances. Belongs in Victorville. If that.

  13. Thats pretty sick pricing structure for a rental in china town… Wow. I mean I know they want to make their investment back, but they are going to have a hard time filling that tall order … with that… what a ripzone

  14. Who can actually afford these without a roommate? Seems rather ridiculous – you’d have to make $80K+ to be able to live here comfortably. But for that high of a rent, who wants to live in Chinatown?? Honest question.

  15. Been here, I think its great.

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