It’s hard to believe Downtown Los Angeles was once more desolate than desired. Old buildings being granted new uses sparked a new interest in the area and a boom in residents and businesses followed. Today it’s home to LA’s major sports facilities, monumental architecture, museums, and some of the best restaurants this city has to offer.
The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance played a major role in breathing new life into the neighborhood. It allowed many of the often abandoned buildings and warehouses of the area to be converted into livable spaces.
Within no time, loft living became en vogue.
There are nine districts in Downtown. They include the Arts District, Bunker Hill, City West, Fashion District, Financial District, Historic Core, Lincoln Heights, Little Tokyo, and South Park.
Located in the Arts District the Toy Factory Lofts was originally built in 1923 for the Star Truck & Warehouse Company. This building now houses 119 live-work lofts. It also offers the convenience of the retail spaces on the ground floor that include a restaurant, a gourmet grocery, and wine shop.
Located in the historic core the Eastern Columbia building is an art deco masterpiece listed as a Historic and Cultural Monument.
Keeping the turquoise terra-cotta and gold-leaf details of the exterior a 2006 renovation converted this space into 147 residential units. Each floor plan ranges from less than a 1,000 square feet with an open floor plan to luxury style penthouses measuring over 3,300 square feet.
The Flower Street Lofts are located in the heart of South Park.
Formerly used as a UPS distribution hub the 2003 conversion turned this space into 91 lofts offering high ceilings, mezzanines, walls of glass, and concrete floors.