downtown los angeles, south park

Level Arrives: Posh New Fully Furnished Apartments Open in Downtown LA

Vancouver-based Onni's new 33-story tower adds 303 luxury corporate housing units for rent to Downtown LA's burgeoning South Park district

It’s so gratifying to see Onni’s South Park tower — named Level Furnished Living — finally completed after more than 2.5 years of construction. We’ve watched this thing go from an ugly surface parking lot at the corner of 9th and Olive to a gleaming new 33-story high-rise that now adds another nice dent to our growing skyline. Even more important, it now adds a significant injection of life to a still-desolate section of South Park that desperately yearns for more urban street life activity, which will be coming in the form of new restaurants and stores on Level’s ground floor.

Occupancy for Level’s first new short-term residents started in June where over 150 apartment units (out of 303 total) filled up rapidly with high summer demand from many overseas guests according to Level’s Regional Vice President Javier Cepeda. Short-term residents you ask? If you’re not familiar with the Level brand, it’s an extended-stay concept from Vancouver, Canada that focuses on corporate guests staying 30 days or longer. To me, it basically comes off like a middle ground between a hotel and an actual full-time residential property.

Residents are charged on a monthly and annual basis but even shorter term residents can be charged on a per night basis as well. Apartment units, which range from one to three bedroom layouts, come fully furnished along with gourmet kitchens stocked with Bosch appliances and Sub-Zero built-in fridges. All units include washer and dryers and bathrooms provide residents with high-end Molton Brown bath products. To top things off, the most important thing in life (to me at least) is to get a good night’s sleep, and Level’s definitely got you covered in that department with Hypnos beds, which is apparently how the Queen of the United Kingdom catches her Z’s every night.

In addition to those fully furnished apartments (and yummy city views I forgot to add), the most impressive thing about Level to me was the truly amazing amenity deck on the fourth floor. They weren’t kidding when they said it’s supposed to be like “resort living.” There’s a huge gym with pretty much every fitness equipment you can think of including dumbbells that go up to 100 pounds that would please even hard core body builders. Outside, you’ll find plenty of areas to lounge and stay active with BBQ grills and fire pits, a full sized basketball court, a beautiful infinity pool and spa with cabanas, and even a stand alone sauna. All in all, walking around the amenity deck felt like I was transported to some posh hotel on the Vegas Strip.

Onni decided to go with their Level brand (yes, Onni owns Level) for their first residential project in Downtown LA because, much to their surprise, they saw a void in the luxury extended-stay market here in LA, and especially in Downtown LA where it’s pretty much non-existent. Housing for corporate guests is a lot more common in other global cities like Hong Kong or New York and LA is finally starting to become more like other big global cities — finally.

Ground floor of Level at 888 S Olive

Front entrance facing 888 S Olive

Front entrance facing 888 S Olive

Lobby area

Lobby area

Entrance to lobby from garage

Entrance to lobby from garage

Examples of furnished apartments

Gourmet kitchens with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances

Gourmet kitchens with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances

Living room with spectacular city views

Living room with spectacular city views

High-end Hypnos beds in every bedroom

High-end Hypnos beds in every bedroom

Nice contemporary bathrooms

Nice contemporary bathrooms

Level provides high-end Molton Brown bath products

Level provides high-end Molton Brown bath products

Spacious walk-in closets with in-room combo safes

Spacious walk-in closets with in-room combo safes

Another example of a living room with lovely city views

Another example of a living room with lovely city views

The yummy 4th floor amenity deck

Beautiful infinity pool

Beautiful infinity pool

Plenty of places to lounge by the pool

Plenty of places to lounge by the pool

BBQ grill area

BBQ grill area

Fire pit area

Fire pit area

Full-size basketball court

Full-size basketball court

Huge fitness center (couldn't take a pic of all of it that wraps around the corner)

Huge fitness center (couldn’t take a pic of all of it that wraps around the corner)

This lounge can be reserved for larger private events

This lounge can be reserved for larger private events

And still more lounging areas

And still more lounging areas

Gourmet kitchen for catering events attached to lounge area

Gourmet kitchen for catering events attached to lounge area

Bonus shot

The amazing view from the 33rd floor 9,000 square foot penthouse

The amazing view from the 33rd floor 9,000 square foot penthouse

14 Comments

  1. ryan22 says

    is there really much of a market for fully-furnished apartments? seems like it would only be for people in town for a few months….

    • No, there isn’t a market for this – dtla has simply lost its build now greedy mind. The going rate starts at $330+ per night which is insane even for corporate, so mid 2016 I’m guessing they will revamp as condos and when the market still won’t bite it’ll go to rentals.

      • There is plenty of demand for this in downtown and its evident by the steady stream of renters going in and out of this complex. I walk by it everyday and there is no lack of business.

  2. The Captain says

    I drive by this building almost every day in the early evening and there are hardly any lights on. Ghost building.

    Too bad families and other LA residents can’t live here – there’s a housing shortage in this city.

    • corner soul says

      Indeed. Nearly all development seems to be skewed towards luxury housing (which is hardly representative of the needs of most residents.) It seems to me we need to make it a lot easier for developers to build affordable housing without subsidies. And a lot harder for foreigners to use our local housing stock as an investment opportunity. But I suppose neither of those ideas are very popular, depending on how you lean politically.

      • ryan22 says

        well a lot of it has to do with the costs of even low-end construction being prohibitively high for non-subsidized affordable rents…

    • On my way home I litterly counted 6 or so lights on in the entire tower, what sense does that make? My friend who lives in the new 8th & Hope just last year rented 756sf unit at $2700 facing the pool and the back of the Gas Company lofts, the neighboring unit now sits empty at $3462. I had my mind on opting out of my lease in November but I think I may have the sweetest deal downtown right now, so yeah – no.

      • 8th and Hope is over 92% occupied in less than a year. And just because your anecdotal evidence shows that only a few lights were on when you were going home, my anecdotal evidence shows that the building is very full when i walk by it nightly

        • As I stated … the rent difference between the first year and now is significantly different. So while I do expect some of those people to still be in the first year of their rental lease at $2700 price range doesn’t mean that subsequent units like the 4 units I toured, same layout and sqf sit empty at $3462+ along the pool side of the building facing inward which isn’t even the most desirable view for anyone. Its a beautiful building no denying that, but to leap from $2500 – $2700 to $3500 is alittle excessive.

          But this isn’t about 8th & Hope, so I’m going to walk over to Level wait for the people who apparently all come and go at the same time to conserve the electricity all while speaking to the 7 renters who inhabit the place.

  3. Jessy says

    Any word if the 50 story tower next to the finished 33 onmi tower will be build or any construction date????

  4. JJJJJJJJJ says

    As amazing as the pool, BBQ park and basketball court look, they make a lot more sense as a neighborhood amenity with costs and use split among 5,000 people, rather than 50.

  5. I dont know anyone who wants to use a public pool or bbq for 5000 people.

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