1355 N Sierra Bonita Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046
Bonita Villas is a 42 unit, 4 story, mid-rise condo building in West Hollywood. All of the condos are 1 bedroom and single story- which makes them very affordable considering their great location. Built in 1986 as an apartment building by Leonard Krane who also built two other buildings on the street-1337 Sierra Bonita Ave and 1338 Sierra Bonita Ave, they almost look identical to Bonita Villas. Bonita Villas was converted to condominiums in 1991. The HOA in the past five years has been very active in Bonita Villas to make improvements to the building. The roof was redone in 2009, the gym was recently redone, and exterior landscaping 2014-more improvements are planned on the way.
1355 N Sierra Bonita is very walkable, with several great restaurants and bars within walking distance on Sunset. Some of my favorite local favorites are: El Compadre, Sunset Grill, Zankou Chicken, Chipotle, Pinkberry, El Pollo Loco. For bars check out Lubaviche, or Laurel Hardware for trendy spots, or Pikeys or the woods if you want a great dive. Mashiti Malones may not look it, but they serve some of the best homemade ice cream in the city. For groceries – Rock and Roll Ralphs, or the whole foods at Santa Monica and Fairfax.
Being in West Hollywood/Hollywood area there is plenty of entertainment and night life, whether it is the West Hollywood Halloween carnival, or the Hollywood Fringe festivals, or a movie opening there is always something fun an exciting going on in the neighborhood.
One huge plus of Bonita Villas location is that it’s close to Runyon. The building has a pretty liberal pet policy- you can have up to two dogs or cats, 50 lbs weight limit, so there are definitely quite a few dog lovers who live in the building. Pet or no pet, Runyon is a great place to get some good exercise and enjoy some great city views. Just a few blocks West is the historic neighborhood of Spaulding Square which is also very nice for a stroll.
The neighborhood is very safe, sometimes you get some crazys or a few homeless here or there but they don’t bother anybody. This section of Seirra Bonita has a lot of apartment buildings, so the neighborhood mix is mainly renters.
There are 3 floors and 14 units per floor. Half the units are street facing and the other half faces the back. The Street facing units get better light, and the units in the back have more quiet and privacy.
All the condos are 1brs, that are mainly 706 sqft. The 01 stack has the largest units at 783 sqft. The ’14 stack has the smallest condos at 592 sqft.
Prices for Bonita Villas depend on if the condos are original or remodeled. Right now they are selling for $350,000. Two to three units sell a year for about a 10% turnover ratio.
There are no trash shoots on each floor which is a bit of a drag. That means you have to haul your garbage down to the parking garage where the trash room is. Not the end of the world but a minor inconvenience. The hallways are dated and could use new carpet. HOA says that is on the list of improvements. The building reserves are around $40,000 so there are definitely going to be some small special assessments over the next few years as they do these projects.
There is some settlement going on in this building, which is fairly common for buildings this age so don’t be shocked if you feel a slight slope in the floors- there is nothing wrong with the building, the settlement is occurring from poor quality construction and not a major issue. An insider tip- be very careful with units located on the 4th floor beneath the rooftop pool- when there are heavy rains the pool tends to overflow and units underneath the pool have leaks. The last couple years hasn’t been bad because we are in a drought but expect to have some problems if you buy one of these units.
The floor plans inside the condo have a kitchen, open living room/dining room that opens with sliding glass door to a balcony, shuttered Bedroom area, bathroom and large walk in closet. The space is well layer out.
– Plantain Shutter Room Dividers
– Central A/C
– Large Walk in Closet
– Gas Fireplace in Living Room
-Rooftop Pool and Spa (hours?)
– Security Cameras
Parking & Laundry
Parking is secure in a Gated parking garage. Most units have 1 parking space, however some have 2. There are no guest parking spaces.
The Community Laundry room located off the main lobby. Washing machines/dryers are not permitted to be installed inside the unit.
Home Owners Association
HOA dues are $275 per month for each units.
HOA dues cover: Garbage, Water, Common Area Maintenance, Insurance
Owner Pays: Electric, Gas, Internet, Cable
Special assessments? No Special Assessments, but likely in the future
Pets: 2 pets max, 45 lbs weight restriction.
Rental Policy? Must own condo 2 years before renting. In addition 30% of condos may be leased maximum, then there is a wait list. Currently 1 owner on wait list.
EQ Insurance? No
Building Reserves? 40K
Can you have BBQ on balcony? YES
Hardwood Floors? 2nd floor can do any type of flooring. Condos on the 3rd and 4th floor are not allowed to install hardwood flooring in the Living Room/Dining Room Area or Bedroom.
FHA Approved? Yes
J & N Realty Inc