1355 N Sierra Bonita Ave | Bonita Villas

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Bonita Villas
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 in Bonita Villas are 1 bedroom/ 1 bath and single story- which makes them very affordable considering their great location. Built-in 1986 as an apartment building by local developer Leonard Krane who also built two other buildings on the block-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 the entry, exterior, and landscaping have been redone. Bonita Villas has an amazing Rooftop pool with 360 Degree views of the entire city!

 Location

1355 N Sierra Bonita is very walkable, with several great restaurants and bars within walking distance on Sunset and Santa Monica. Some of my favorite local spots are: El Compadre (watch out for their flaming margaritas!), Sunset Grill (as made iconic in the song by Don Henley), Zankou Chicken, Chipotle, and the Carving Board. 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 are two nearby options.

Being in West Hollywood/Hollywood area there is plenty of entertainment and nightlife, 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.

Real Estate 

Record Sale? $508,000 1355 N Sierra Bonita Ave #407 sale date 10/18/2017

Appreciation? 4%

Turnover? 5% or about 2 a year

All the floorplans are 1 bedroom/1bath and range in SQFT from 700 sqft to 800 sqft. There are 3 floors and 14 units per floor. Half the units are street facing (stacks 1-7) and the other half faces the back (8-14). The Street facing units get better light, and the units in the back have more quiet and privacy. The 01 stack has the largest units at 783 sqft. The ’14 stack has the smallest condos at 592 sqft. Both the 01 and 14 stacks have wrap around balconies that are slightly larger.

Street Facing View

Bonita Villas street facing

Street Facing View

Rear View

 

Prices for Bonita Villas vary depending on the interior condition of the unit. If the condos is original those sell in the 400’s and if they are remodeled in the 500’s. 

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 have been updated with new paint and carpet. I love the movie posters the HOA Hung. 

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 wood frame construction and not a major issue. 

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. Space is well laid out.

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Bonita Villas original kitchen

Original Kitchen

 

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1355 North Sierra Bonita Avenue room dividers

 

Huge Walkin

Huge Walk-in Closets

– Plantain Shutter Room Dividers
– Central A/C
– Large Walk in Closet
– Gas Fireplace in Living Room
– Balcony

Amenities

Lobby

Rooftop Pool + Spa

 

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Gym

-Elevator

Parking & Laundry

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laundry room

Parking is secure in a Gated parking garage. There are two levels of parking, the ground level entrance is on De Long Pre, and the subterranean level gate is on Sierra Bonita. Most units have 1 parking space, however, some have 2 parking spaces – if there are two spaces they are tandem parking spaces. There are no guest parking spaces.

The Community Laundry room located off the main lobby- there are 4 washers and 4 dryers. Washing machines/dryers are not permitted to be installed inside the unit.

Home Owners Association

HOA dues are $325 per month for each unit.

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 the 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 the 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

Property Management company:

J & N Realty Inc
Julius Nagy
818-349-2991

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