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Tour Inside: Broadway Lofts Brings 58 New Live-Work Lofts to Downtown LA

The historic 1906 Bumiller/Campbell Blake Building has been converted to 58 new live-work lofts for rent now called The Broadway Lofts

The historic 1906 Bumiller/Campbell Blake Building has been converted to 58 new live-work lofts for rent now called The Broadway Lofts

From the developers who brought us the Pacific Electric Lofts, ICO Development is preparing to open their latest residential adaptive-reuse project called The Broadway Lofts located just down the street from the revitalized Grand Central Market. The 6-story historic structure was built in 1906 as the Bumiller/Campbell Blake Building and sits between 4th and 5th Street on Broadway in a section that could definitely use the economic injection. I am told the new 3,200 square foot retail space will eventually be leased to a high quality retailer or restaurant that will add something great to this stretch of the block.

After 2.5 years of planning and construction, ICO has successfully converted the once fully commercial structure into 58 new live-work lofts for rent with 11 different layouts ranging in sizes from small 355 square foot micro-lofts to larger 1,595 square foot two-bedroom townhomes.

Designed by DTLA-based architect firm Omgivning, the property’s historic qualities — like its beautiful brick walls and original tiled floors — have not only been restored but tastefully complemented with new modern design elements incorporated into the building. The most compelling new design feature is the use of the building’s original two light wells as outdoor entrances for some of its internal facing units. When viewed from the 2nd floor courtyard below looking up, the outdoor bridges and colorful windows frame what look like a sun glistened Piet Mondrian painting.

The Broadway Lofts will have a rooftop deck with a small fitness center, an urban succulent garden, and a barbecue grill area with plenty of seating for outdoor entertaining. The view of the downtown skyline along with the historic structures that line Broadway is definitely eye candy for urbanphiles like myself.

Rents will range from about $1,250 to $3,500 depending on size layout, what floor you’re on, and whether or not you get city views. Washer and dryer comes with every unit. There are 19 limited parking spots available on a first-come, first-served basis at $200 a month. To view all floor plans in the building, check out The Broadway Lofts website.

Examples of live-work lofts

Unit with loft area accessible by spiral staircase

Unit with loft area accessible by spiral staircase

Unit with high ceilings

Unit with high ceilings

A two-bedroom unit loft area above accessible by spiral staircase

A two-bedroom unit loft area above accessible by spiral staircase

The bathrooms vary in layout but all have the same fixtures

The bathrooms vary in layout but all have the same fixtures

The beautiful light wells

The beautiful use of the light well reminds me of a sun glistened Piet Mondrian painting

The beautiful use of the light well reminds me of a sun glistened Piet Mondrian painting

Large second floor units with courtyard entrances facing into the light well

Large second floor units with courtyard entrances facing into the light well

The building's two light wells have outdoor entrances for internal facing units

The building’s two light wells have outdoor entrances for internal facing units

Rooftop deck

Outdoor barbecue grill

Outdoor barbecue grill

Rooftop drought tolerant garden (and gym to the left side)

Rooftop drought tolerant garden (and gym to the left side)

The amazing city views

The amazing city views

Historic restoration

The original brick walls exposed

The original brick walls exposed

The original historic floors restored and reused again

The original historic floors restored and reused again

Original stairwell banisters and floors

Original stairwell banisters and floors

Another example of the original banisters restored

Another example of the original banisters restored

The historic letter box in the lobby

The historic letter box in the lobby

15 Comments

  1. thefoxiscunning says

    $1250 for 384 square feet. Granted it appears to be an outer-facing unit, but where is the rent ceiling for DTLA at this point?

  2. Johnny L says

    Amazing spaces, prices are outrageous. Can’t wait to see how the prices react to the huge amount of inventory once 2016/17 hits.

    • I’m sure prices will decline a bit in a couple of years when the economy collapses again… only a matter of time really, considering we’ve done next to nothing to address the issues that led to the 2008 disaster.

  3. aardvark says

    Man, those are really nice…

    I too wonder about pricing over the next few years, but we’ll see. Even now I’m not sure you can ask south park prices for 4th-5th and Broadway? These units are over $3/sq ft. It’s a very very dumpy section (I know, I live there).

  4. Sebastian says

    The front doesn’t say much, and that Jewelry sign shoul be put down.

  5. I hope they keep the signs and open a coffeehouse /restaurant at that location! I totally see the sign reading the name of something new! They’ll have excellent business with the State Office Bld. across the street!

  6. Joe Downtown says

    the lack of sufficient kitchen cabinetry may seem like a silly thing to call out, but after living in loft spaces for over ten years, I have to say it is important to have SOME enclosed storage in a unit. This proves even more necessary in areas like downtown that attract lots of soot and dust.

    • aardvark says

      Agreed, those kitchens are almost non-functional in a variety of ways.

  7. Annie says

    I live down the street and was able to tour 5 units. They are all tiny. In addition, the layouts are weird, which makes for even less functional/usable space. I know they were still working when I toured, but the internal finishing work at that time was really bad too – messy paint and drywall jobs. I know the going rates for the area and do realize prices are going up, but the prices are questionable for what you are getting in this section of downtown.

    However, even though I wouldn’t live there, I am happy that Broadway is continuing to improve. This is a step in the right direction. They did a good job with the facade. I’m happy that they are looking for good stores for street level. With the expected development to go in next door (hopefully soon), this part of Broadway could be alot different in a few years.

  8. Mark Weinstein says

    this is an excellent project in a happening area. I visited the Grand Central Market last week and was amazed at the turnaround. Congrats to ICO on another project well done.

  9. Andrew V says

    My girlfriend and I toured these during their open house at Night on Broadway and the layouts make absolutely zero sense. The wall of windows/door to the interior courtyard are incredibly intrusive and even with curtains still leave visibility cracks to living rooms and even bedrooms. These pics don’t convey at all the terrible design of these units. The few we toured were also incredibly small and claustrophobia inducing, even with high ceilings. Not sure what the architects were thinking here…

  10. David says

    I’m not surprised about the very small size. This is becoming more typical in expensive metro areas (ie San Francisco). Micro apartments are the wave of the future, just watch.

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