Feel-Good ‘Hood

One of DTLA’s most anticipated developments melds high-end luxury with down-to-earth amenities

Written by Alexandria Abramain | Photography Courtesy of WREN

South Park is one of Downtown L.A.’s hottest ‘hoods, and the first phase of one of the area’s most anticipated—and largest—projects is now open for leasing.

WREN—a $144 million, joint venture between Mack Urban, AECOM Capital and Capri Capital Partners—will unveil its seven-story luxury building, which offers 362 move-in ready, for-lease residences, by February of 2017. Setting the development apart from many other projects in Downtown L.A.’s booming South Park area is the fact that this new community is tailor-made to appeal to a new breed of environmentally-conscious, design-savvy renter looking to be within walking distance of pretty much everything.  Call it a case of prime location. The community offers exceptionally easy access to public transportation and entertainment complex L.A. Live, as well as one of the key components for people looking to live in DTLA: a nearby Whole Foods.

Designed by Togawa Smith Martin architects and Mercedes Fernandez Interior Design, units at WREN range from 487-square-foot studios to 1,750-square-foot three-bedroom apartments. Rents span from $1,850 to $6,200 per month. The development also includes 22 two-story townhomes fronting Hill and Olive Streets. Floor-to-ceiling windows, wide-plank floors, stainless-steel appliances and fully tiled bathrooms are available in all residences, reflecting Urban’s vision to extend comfort, functionality and thoughtful living into every area of the community. Residents of WREN also have access to onsite indoor/outdoor lounges with communal kitchens, as well as rooftop decks and a pool deck that includes cabanas, lounge areas and barbecue pits. Also part of the package is a 4,000-square-foot restaurant as well as a private outdoor park.

A true architectural wonder in the heart of DTLA’s thriving city scene,

WREN is the perfect locale for those looking to experience all that

Los Angeles has to offer right at their doorstep.

WREN has less expected amenities, too, with specific features that are geared towards sustainable living. Two levels of subterranean parking will cater to eco-minded residents with 40 charging stations for electric vehicles. The large bicycle room and maintenance area, meanwhile, houses up to 400 bikes, among the largest in such private facilities in Los Angeles. For dog owners, WREN holds a particular appeal: Two outdoor dog runs are available to residents, along with a full-service dog-wash station, reflecting an overall trend in Los Angeles toward pet-friendly amenities for renters. 

However, WREN is just one component of the larger project. .e second phase, developed by Urban and AECOM, broke ground this year and will be a 38-story tower with 536 units and 13,000 square feet of retail space, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and 12th Street.

“Residences are walkably close to public transportation such as the Blue Line/Expo light rail, as well as some of the most desirable shopping and entertainment in all of Los Angeles,” says Dori Nolan of Capri Capital Partners. “At the same time, it’s far enough away from the Central Business District to enjoy a true, comfortable neighborhood.”

A true architectural wonder in the heart of DTLA’s thriving city scene, WREN is the perfect locale for those looking to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer right at their doorstep.

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