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Infinity Pools and Priceless Views: The Life of Luxury up in the Hollywood Hills

The Hollywood Hills are where you’ll find the most breathtaking views of Los Angeles, so it’s no wonder that some of the city’s most dazzling and impressive homes are located here. Majestically perched high above the hustle and bustle of city life, while still adjacent to every modern convenience including the world-famous Sunset Strip,  Hollywood Hills view homes are truly the pinnacle of luxe living. 

Most of the housing inventory in the Hollywood Hills is custom-designed homes not tract-home developments like you might find in the San Gabriel Valley or West LA / Mar Vista neighborhoods. Many of these homes are designed by world-renowned architectural firms like Brian Murphy, XTEN and Paul McClean to name just a few, and these homes truly are works of art. No two homes are exactly alike, but they do share several must-have features, that life in Hollywood Hills is all about and make living here such a draw:

Indoor-Outdoor Living 

Buyers will notice many Hollywood Hills homes for sale have seamless indoor-outdoor living floorplans. Southern California is a pioneer in the modern architectural movement, mainly because of our wonderful weather. Hollywood Hills Homes are designed to take full advantage of the mild and ideal Mediterranean climate in Los Angeles with endless walls of retractable sliding glass that allow homeowners total freedom and blur the lines between the traditional concepts of inside and outside. You might notice some of the furnishings in these homes can function both inside or outside with chaise lounges, stools, and dining tables that can easily be moved between the indoors to outdoors depending on the occasion. This is one reason why these homes are great to entertain in.

Photo By Chris Nolasco

Infinity Pools 

What is better than enjoying a pristine city view? How about enjoying the view while swimming up to the edge of your very own infinity-edge pool! Infinity Pools are one of the most popular amenities you will find in Hollywood Hills homes, and they are a perfect way to play or exercise when you are not busy taking over the world. You have to tell me which is your favorite- swimming in the seemingly endless expanse during the day or taking a dip at nighttime when the memorizing lights of the city twinkling below. 

Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Windows are the new wall. Most modern Hollywood Hills homes I see feature floor-to-ceiling windows to let the view come indoors. I kid you not, some houses have so many windows you can see straight through it! Some of the people’s favorite views are Downtown, Griffith Observatory, the LA Basin, Century City, Catalina Island, and Santa Monica Beach. Walls are so overrated!

Outdoor Entertainment 

You didn’t think you’d keep such a gorgeous home all to yourself, did you? Once you move in, especially on a famous bird street like Robin Drive or Nightingale Drive, all your friends will want to pay you a visit. Good thing many Hollywood Hills mansions come readily equipped with massive living rooms,  outdoor fire pits, wine cellars, home theaters, massage rooms, and showcase garages that can park 5-10 cars. 

 

 

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6728 Hillpark Dr | The Highlands

The Highlands
6700-6760 Hillpark Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Highlands is a hidden gem! Located in a picturesque setting of natural canyons just off the 101 freeway in the Cahuenga Pass, the community has a resort like feel and is the most affordable way to ‘get in’ to the Hollywood Hills.

The Highlands has 192-condos that are grouped into 16 different buildings. Built in 1966 by developer Theodore Bentley, a third generation builder. Bentley’s grandfather was the founder of Pomona, and his father worked on highway projects and the aqueduct. The Highlands opened at an inopportune moment,  the US economy was in recession and sales were slow. Instead of selling, the condos were leased as apartments until 1973- when Lindley Enterprises purchased the property and infused another $1.2M into improvements and sold them as condos.

The property has 14 acres of grounds, with many different species of trees and other greenery that was planted on site when it was built. This landscaping is now mature and very pleasing. The most noticeable trees are the towering pines, but there is a wide assortment of varieties. In addition to the expansive grounds, the land to the south of the site (about 20 Acres) is reserved as open space.

Location

Being located in the Cahuenga pass, the Highlands is very convenient for commuters to either the valley or the westside. Some employees who work in the studios at Burbank also choose to call the Highlands home. Being so close to the 101 you can pick up the 134 to go east to Pasadena, or head west on 101 towards 405, as well as take 101 South straight downtown.

Since the community is a little bit off the beaten path, it is quiet and safe. Hillpark Drive is a cul-de-sac. The property is hillside with a slight rising grade.

Unfortunately, the Highlands, much like it’s neighbor across the 101, Cahuenga Tennis Club, is not very walkable. However, there are plenty of amenities on-site. Cahuenga Blvd has a ton of restaurants which provide a lot of dining options. A few of my favorites are Mercado, the Baked Potato (great jazz!), Miceli (don’t love the food but love the live singing waiters!), In’n’Out, Joes Falafel, GC Marketplace.

Universal Studios is right around the corner! Check out Universal Studios City walk for a fun night out.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the Highlands next store neighbor, the Hollywood Bowl!

As far as groceries are concerned, you can go north to Ralph’s Studio City at 10901 Ventura Blvd, or drive to Beachwood’s Bristol farms. There are a few smaller markets around the neighborhood for a quick run if you run out or forget something.

Real Estate

Turnover Ratio? 4%

Appreciation? 4%

Record Sale: $739,000 5/8/2015

There are 16 buildings and each building has 12 condos. Condos on the second and third floors are four corner units with no common walls and have balconies. There are two condos on the 5th floor of each building with sun decks, and two condos on the first floor. Each building has its own private elevator.

Square footage on units ranges from 900 sqft to 1,400 sqft. Floorplans are 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bedroom + Den, and 1 bedrooms. All the floorplans are single story.

Pricing

1BR (50)
900 sqft-1000 sqft
$400,000

1BR+ Den
1,100 sqft – 1,200 sqft
$450,000-$500,000

2BR
1,200 sqft-1,400 sqft
$550,000-$600,000

The original finishes from the 70’s were well you know… umm. Except for the front doors which are very vintage. Many owners have updated their condos. The original condos had popcorn ceilings. Many owners have smoothed their ceilings and added recessed lights. The kitchens had country style raised panel wood cabinets and ceramic tile counter-tops. Just a simple coat of paint can really change the look of the cabinets if you don’t want to replace them. Condos have a huge combined dining room and living room (500sqft – 700sqft) with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead out to balcony. Kitchens have a bar area that can seat 2 or 3 stools. Central HVAC. 6728 Hillpark Drive is a building you absolutely do not want to miss!

Amenities at 6728 Hillpark Drive

2 Heated Pools (Upper and Lower) + Spa

Lower Pool

 

Upper Pool

Gym

2 tennis courts and a Paddle court

Club House

Dog Area

Storage lockers

 Parking & Laundry at 6728 Hillpark Drive

Parking is in a gated underground parking garage. Condos have 1 or 2 parking spaces. The 1 bedrooms have 1 parking space and the 1 bedroom + den and 2bedrooms have 2 parking spaces. In addition, there is plenty of street parking on Hillpark. Guest Parking?

For Laundry, the complex was originally built with Community laundry.

The HOA allows owners to install laundry in their condo as long as it is a special compact/ventless washer dryer approved by HOA. Installing a Washer/Dryer is the owner’s expense. The HOA can provide a list of approved models that owners are allowed to install.

Home Owners Association for 6728 Hillpark Drive

HOA PHONE:

(323) 851-4883

Office Phone: 323-436-0340
Email: office@thehighlandshollywood.org

HOA dues Monthly Cost? $494/mo. per condo

HOA dues cover? Water + Trash, Building Insurance, Common Area Maintenance, Reserve, EQ Insurance

HOA does exclude? Internet, Cable, Gas, Electric

Any special assessments? No

Pet Policy? 2 pets max. No Pitbulls, Dobermans or rottweilers.

Rental Policy? Must own the condo 1 year before leasing. Leases minimum 1-year term.

EQ Insurance? YES

Building Reserves?

Can you have BBQ on the balcony? Yes

Management Company? The Highlands has its own onsite Management Company – thier office is located at 6700 Hillpark Dr #100, Los Angeles CA 90068

FHA Approved? YES

 

Ready to see 6728 Hillpark Drive for yourself? Please call me directly at (310) 388-7332 or click the button below and I will be in touch shortly!

 

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8787 Shoreham Dr | Shoreham Towers

8787 Shoreham Drive Shoreham Towers

Shoreham Towers
8787 Shoreham Drive
Los Angeles CA 90069

 

Ooh La La! Shoreham Towers – luxury refined. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains just above the Sunset Strip – this West Hollywood Highrise boasts some fabulous amenities. Built in 1963, Shoreham Towers has a mid century style design. The khaki stone color on the facade breaks up the stark white with natural earth tones and gives Shoreham Towers its unique look. Shoreham Tower has full service staff, to pamper and take care of your every need.

Shoreham Towers balcony

Location

Shoreham Towers is located a few minutes from Sunset Boulevard. Take Horn Avenue up hill, and just after you pass Shoreham Drive, there will be Shoreham Towers Ivy covered Marquis.

Shoreham mariques

Turn into the motor-parkway and a valet is at the ready to park your car.

Shoreham towers entrance

One of my favorite Bookshop’s in Los Angeles (there aren’t many left!) is really close. It’s called Book Soup, I definitely recommend checking it out. Also a nearby point of interest is St. Victor Catholic Church which is closely linked to the history of the Sunset Strip. The Belgian Victor Ponet settled this area of the Hollywood Hills in 1892 while he was Belgian consul and president of the German American Bank, buying 350 acres! This church is named after his patron saint- Saint Victor and continues to hold services today.

Shoreham Towner owners have the wide mix of shopping available at their fingertips at the very upscale Sunset Plaza— featuring fashion, restaurants, salons, jewelry, furniture, and art. 

There are a number of Class A Office buildings that run along this portion of Sunset Boulevard. If you happen to work in one of these buildings, you will have a very short commute! Gil Turner’s is a great wine and spirit shop if you need to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner.

Tower Records Sunset Blvd

The site of the old Tower Records building, today “Live! on Sunset” at the intersection of Horn and Sunset has remained in limbo for several years. There is always a developer trying to build a modern shopping center in this location, but I haven’t seen much change aside from an occasional planning commission meeting.

Property and Pricing

The price for Square foot for Shoreham Towers is around $600/sqft. Pricing ranges from $500,000 to $600,000 for  800-1.000 sqft units on the mid to higher floors, and if a 1br unit has been totally remodeled and updated it can fetch $700,000 to $800,000. The Large combined units and 2 bedrooms sell for $1,100,000 to $1,300,000. The maids units sell for $150,000 or so.

There are 131 units in Shoreham Towers, there are 131 Units total. There are 10 units on each floor and 13 floors total. Although there is 13 floors, since you are at a higher elevation then other high rises, your views will be comparable to higher floors in other buildings.

  

Unit Type #
Maid’s Unit 9
Studio 12
1 Br 96
2Br 12
Penthouse 4

The 8 Stack is studio units. The 4 stack are the 2 bedroom units. Stacks 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10 are 1 bedrooms.

 

Stack Br/BA sqft
1 1/1 855
2 1/1.5 1,008
3 1/1 999
4 2/2 1,453
5 1/1 822
6 1/1.5 865
7 1/1 984
8 0/1 537
9 1/1 862
10 1/1.5 833

Stacks 1,2,3, and 4 face North and have views of the Hollywood Hills and are cooler. Stacks 5,6,7,8,9, 10 face South and get tons of natural light and have city light views of Los Angeles. Units 1 and 4 get an extra mini balcony.

8787 Shoreham Plat map

 

 

Amenities

Condo

  • VIEWS!
  • Floor to Ceiling Glass Sliding doors in Living Room
  • Walk in Closet
  • Large Living Room
  • Open Style Kitchen
  • Double Doors and Formal Entry
  • Each unit has a balcony (7’x20′)
Shoreham Towers View at Sunset

South View

North View

Balcony Shoreham Towers

 

Shoreham Towers Bedroom

 

shoreham towers kitchen

 

Building

  • Outdoor Pool and Spa (with BBQ area)
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • Security
  • Valet Parking
  • Dog Park
  • Lobby

 

Shoreham Towers Pool

 

Shoreham Towers Front Desk

 

lobby bosadf

 

Parking and Laundry

Each unit has 1 parking space. Additional spaces might be available so be sure to inquire if needed. There is a community laundry room on each floor.

Home Owners Association

Front Deck
310-657-4000

HOAs are $900 for each unit, HOA dues include all utilities and basic cable.

Pet Policy?

Rental Policy

EQ Insurance?

CCRs?

Building Reserves?

Property Management Company?

Horizon Management
www.horizonmgmt.com
310-543-1995

 

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