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Douglas Building Lofts

 As one of the few original nineteenth century buildings in LA, the Douglas Building Lofts are a monument to LA’s varied architectural past. This building was reformed in 2005 and the concept behind it is to bring classic New York style lofts to downtown LA. With 50 units in total, a mix of one and two-bedroom, each unit features a state of the art kitchen and bathroom. While the interior of these lofts is the epitome of sleek sophistication, it’s the outside of the building that’s most striking. Built on the corner of Spring and Third St., the Douglas Building Lofts curve elegantly around both streets, providing two façades that typify classic revivalist architecture. This is modern design meets classical living.

Pan American Lofts

The Pan American Lofts is one of the oldest buildings in downtown LA. It’s also one of the city’s most famous as it has appeared in numerous films by Alfred Hitchcock as well as Blade Runner, and Brad Pitts Se7en and Fight Club. Originally known as the Irvine Byrne Block Building and home to the Mexican Consulate during World War II, it was reformed in 2007 by Urban Pacific Builders who spent $20 million on the project. As well as fitting 50 individual units of spacious lofts, they restored the building’s magnificent Beaux Arts façade, certainly Pan American’s most striking feature. As well as controlled parking and secure parking, these lofts are just moments away from LA’s financial district.

Eastern Colombian Lofts

As the head office for the Eastern Columbia Outfitting Company, the Eastern Colombian Lofts have an illustrious history in fashion and cutting edge décor as the building began life as a showroom. Little wonder then that the façade of this building is a magical matrix of interlocking terra cotta and gold leaf details. Its elaborate exterior gives a hint of the building’s cool history. Today, the newly restored building is home to 147 live/work lofts. The elegant lobby is so grandiose it’s as if Lauren Bacall might walk out at any moment. In keeping with its art deco lineage, the interior of each unit is fitted with period details from the early twentieth century. Residents can really feel like they’re stepping back in time when they head up to the rooftop sundeck to bathe in the sun underneath the old clock tower. There’s also a swimming pool, spa, lounge space, fireplace and fitness centre. The Eastern Colombian Lofts has 13 stories and each unit is finished with details such as European-style Wood Cabinetry, stone countertops, decorative lighting and architectural hardware, and oversized bathrooms.

El Dorado Lofts

The El Dorado Lofts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it was originally built as a hotel in 1913 and was home to Charlie Chaplin at the height of his career. It was built by N.W. Stowell, a capitalist who wanted the best materials for his vision. Because of that, the ground floor is said to exhibit the largest display of Batchelder tile in the world. Due to its important legacy, the reformers of the Colombian Lofts have been very careful to maintain many of the buildings original features, creating units that have a timeless beauty and that blend classic architecture with modern elegance. For example, in each loft arched windows and French doors lead to private balconies. There are 12 stories offering 65 loft residences, five of which are penthouses. A century old, the Colombian Lofts are one of the most desirable addresses in downtown LA. Visit this building and you will see why.

Great Republic Building

Originally built in 1927, the 13-story Great Republic Building was once regarded as the Wall Street of the West. With its stunning façade, typical of the 1920s Beaux Arts style, this building is paving the way for the regeneration of Broadway’s theatre district. Because this building is tall and narrow, it means that each floor only contains 6 units are that there are 40 corner units in total. That means 40 opportunities to have totally unobstructed views of the LA skyline. The iconic character of this building begins with the Italian white marble lobby and continues right up to the rooftop where there’s a lounge area and fitness centre. If you want to locate yourself at the cutting edge of chic LA redesign, then the Great Republic Building is the home for you.

Higgins Building Lofts

The Higgins Building Lofts is no less than a visionary project of ten stories and 135 units that celebrate the absolute best in LA’s architectural history. Enter this building and expect to feel the full weight of LA nostalgia and elegance. It was built in 1910 by copper tycoon Thomas Higgins and designed in the Beaux Arts style. Other architectural masterpieces which lie nearby include the Caltrans headquarters, Historic LA Times building, City Hall and the upcoming LAPD headquarters. The interior décor is a heady mix of mosaic tile flooring, caged elevators rebuilt with birds eye maple, meticulous ironwork, imported marble wainscoting throughout the hallways, original zinc covered doorways, and windows. One of the special features of this complex is the ubercool Edison Lounge in the basement. Once upon a time it was the boiler room but today it’s a trendy city bar perfect for those who believe that glamorous surroundings enhance business. If you demand glamour, style and nostalgia from your home, you’ll be right at home at the Higgins Building Lofts.

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