Look, we know what you might be thinking. We know downtown LA’s reputation. You may have watched Netflix’s documentary about the Cecil Hotel and thought, No way I’m living near there. But here’s the thing: that downtown LA is not downtown LA anymore. Over the past couple of decades downtown Los Angeles has had a stunning revival, thanks in part to the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance in 1999 which made it easier for old historical buildings to be converted into lofts and apartments.
Our Downtown LA building, The Judson, is so sleekly modern you will have a hard time believing it was originally built in 1907, but it’s true. The Judson has gorgeous city view lofts with modern features like open floor plans, contemporary kitchens, and present-day conveniences. This building also has a plethora of amenities including private storage units, a recreation room and the coup de grace, a rooftop retreat complete with lounge chairs, a barbecue area, and a spa.
Our affordable one and two bedroom apartment rentals in Downtown Los Angeles are great places to live not only because of the gorgeous building & rooms, but because of the vibrant area with so many things to do. Here are five of our favorites:
The Last Bookstore is housed in a 100-year old bank and is (and we’re only slightly biased here), the coolest bookstore in the world. It’s also certifiably, the largest bookstore on the West Coast which includes their record store, comic book store, multiple art studios, a yarn store, a mammoth head (because, why not?), and a book tunnel leading to the old bank vault filled with crime novels. Oh and did we mention, thousands of books?
With Covid-19, some of the park’s attractions are limited but it’s still a beautiful park to walk around, picnic, or lounge on their pink furniture. Once the vaccines start flowing, you’ll be able to enjoy their concert series, food trucks, fountain, splash pad, and more!
One of the missions of the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market is to reflect the diversity of the community it exists in to meet the neighborhood’s needs which we think is super rad. Every Sunday between 9am and 3pm, you can peruse the market and find such a wide array of products & tasty treats like fresh juices and lemonade, Natural homemade skin care products, dog food,
empanadas, Mediterranean dips and spreads, coffee, tacos, pupusas, barbeque, curry, and so much more!
Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market has been a Downtown Los Angeles landmark since 1917. It’s a food court and marketplace that brings LA cuisines and cultures to one place. Foodies will be obsessed with Eggslut, PBJ.LA, Wexler’s Deli, and all of the many options that are offered.
You won’t want to miss the contemporary art, and highly Instagrammable, exhibits at the Broad Museum. Exhibitions can rotate but there is always going to be something awesome to look at, guaranteed. It’s also free to visit, but you will need to get tickets in advance.