Actor Scott Elrod—most known for his roles on The Young and the Restless and Grey’s Anatomy—has listed his Hollywood Hills West residence for $3.825 million. According to the L.A. Times, the gated Tudor-style home was built in 1931 and blends traditional features such as wood-beam cathedral ceilings with modern interior details.
Expect almost 4,000 square feet of living space highlighted by a dining area, center-island kitchen, an office, a laundry room, five bedrooms, and six baths. An attached guest suite holds a kitchenette, while a deck flanks the backyard’s centerpiece pool and a wooden walkway leading to a playground. An al-fresco dining area, lawns, and mature landscaping fill out the rest of the roughly one-third-acre property.
About Derek —
“Derek has had an affinity for real estate since purchasing his first house in 1994, not far from where he grew up in Boston. His spirited appreciation of architecture and design has been influenced by residing in diverse regions such as Massachusetts, Scottsdale and for the past 11 years, Los Angeles, which Derek now calls home.
He has honed his professional skills to provide each client with an unparalleled attentiveness and commitment, with an ability to listen, understand and successfully meet their needs. Derek delivers this signature experience throughout the Home Buying/ Selling process along with his team base of brokers, seasoned business managers and in-house marketing consultants who have over 40 years of experience committed to providing each client with premium service.
Customer service, integrity, and building relationships have always been the foundation of Derek’s professional focus, evident in his 10 years of owning and operating the largest, most consistent guest-centric valet parking company in Boston. He sold the business to move to Arizona where he studied and became an esteemed wellness practitioner.
As a Real Estate Advisor, Derek’s experience, work ethic and passion for real estate are even further strengthened by working with Engel & Völkers luxury brand known as the Global real estate leader in service and support.”
With its 105 luxury rooms and suites, lounge spaces, pool, and a rooftop event area, the recently opened Kimpton La Peer Hotel is the new West Hollywood Design District hot spot. In addition to chic design and luxury amenities, the hotel hosts a striking modern trattoria. Inspired by chef Casey Lane’s trips to the Mediterranean coasts, Viale dei Romani—which means “avenue of the Romans” in Italian—blends Italian, Southern French and North African influences. The menu is rooted in Positano, a village on the Amalfi Coast, and includes seafood-driven dishes, pastas, and pizzas.
Crafted by Parts and Labor Design—a New York City-based studio established in 2009 by co-founders Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt—Viale dei Romani features an upscale Mediterranean atmosphere with nods to Hollywood glamour. Luxurious yet approachable, the curated aesthetic reflects “an experimental approach to form and materiality,” according to Cohen and Levitt. With lush ferns hanging overhead, a custom host stand made from a mosaic of mirror and wood welcomes guests.
Next to it, the bar, adorned with brass detailing and creamy Crystal Stratus Danby Marble with bold veining, is reminiscent of art deco jewelry. Furnished with round-shaped, custom-designed bar stools, this area exudes casual elegance, inviting guests to socialize. Adjacent to the bar, a cozy banquette occupies an alcove, making this nook more private from the rest of the space.
One of the main design highlights is “a massive, oval central coffer detail formed out of curved wood and metallic gold paint, [which] creates a feature within the main dining room ceiling that incorporates mirror to reflect the plantings and textured columns below,” say Cohen and Levitt.
In the concept’s main dining space, the 42-foot-long open kitchen featuring Mediterranean blue tiles is visible from almost any corner. A yellow velvet-upholstered lounge-style banquette echoes the gold painted ceiling. Throughout the restaurant, custom lighting fixtures complement a mix of vintage and modern furniture.
With its colorful concrete pavers, lush plants and fireplaces, the courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining. Separated from the patio by vertical louvers and overlooking the pool, the intimate lounge area can easily be made private. In addition, the rooftop offers the perfect backdrop for a cocktail party.
Offering a “verdant dining experience with a Mediterranean palette and modern design sensibility,” according to the Parts and Labor Design duo, Viale dei Romani is relaxed, sophisticated and, fittingly, truly tasteful. vialedeiromani.com
PHOTOGRAPHS: (THIS PAGE AND NEXT) COURTESY OF VIALE DEI ROMANI (FOOD) AND ANDREA BEHRENDS (RESTAURANT)
A former duo of small, single-family homes on two separate parcels of land has paved the way for National Construction’s custom, four-story collection of modern, design-forward condos in a prime locale in the heart of West Hollywood. Nestled between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, on historic Kings Road, the newly built 1030 Kings development is just a stone’s throw from eclectic, world-class shopping, creative cafes, renowned restaurants, countless fitness studios, and iconic nightlife.
“These new residences are ideal for buyers who appreciate high design and a central location,” says Don Heller, partner of The Agency’s New Construction Division, who is handling the exclusive sales and marketing of the homes. “Not only does the project deliver a top-notch architectural and design experience, there also are lots of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and fashion shops nearby; it really offers everything.”
Completed in September of this year, the Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects-designed building includes 30 two-bedroom residences ranging from 926 to 1,235 square feet, with prices from $1.11 to $1.707 million. Open, light-filled interiors crafted by MLH Design Group are highlighted by chef-caliber Bauformat kitchens outfitted with mobile waterfall-style islands, Dekton heat-and-scratch-proof countertops, and Miele appliances, along with master suites boasting walk-in wardrobes designed by Closet Factory and en-suite baths with hand-selected floor-to-ceiling marble, Bauformat oak vanities and porcelain Toto sinks. Home automation by IOTAS puts technology front and center.
Among the wealth of amenities and services: a two-story deck featuring sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, an 8-foot dry bar with mini-fridge, a mobile fire pit, and lounge with custom bench seating, plus a Fitness Design Group gym adjacent to an outdoor yoga deck. Private, secure subterranean resident parking including an electric car charger for each unit completes the scene.
1030 N. KINGS ROAD
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA90069
Called the Origami House, this contemporary West Hollywood residence resembles the decorative look of the paper folds that characterize the Japanese art form, only with a one-of-a-kind angular, other-worldly design shaped from cement, steel and walls of glass.
“You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”
Adding to the home’s striking appeal are floor-to-ceiling jetliner views spanning from Downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
“The promontory site allows for panoramic views and a commanding curb appeal from the street,” says Patrick Fogarty, who is co-listing the property with Tyrone McKillen, both of Hilton & Hyland, for $14.9 million.
Adds McKillen, “You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”
Found at 8516 Hedges Place—on a corner lot that serves as one of the last great promontory view sites along the Sunset Strip—the dwelling was designed and built in 2017 by Belzberg Architects (known for its work on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust) and Dobkin Construction under the guidance of Fogarty (also a developer of residential projects in the Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip neighborhoods).
Expect approximately 7,000 square feet of minimalist but warm living space on three levels crafted by British designer Elisabeth Fogarty, with high-quality finishes and touches throughout, including custom wide-plank white oak flooring, Carrera marble, frameless glass interior doors and a Dada Kitchen equipped with Miele appliances.
Yet other standout features of the fully automated, five-bedroom home: a day-lit basement housing a movie theater with seating for 12 and a built-in wet bar; a glass-encased, climate-controlled wine-tasting room displaying 750 bottles; and a gym. The massive, 1,200-square-foot cantilevered master suite atop the pool deck affords the best views in the house, along with spacious walk-in closets by Rimadesio and a spa-like bath featuring Antonio Lupi cabinetry and an oversized tub.
Retractable glass walls designed by Fleetwood Windows and Doors open to reveal the grounds (also designed by Elisabeth Fogarty), replete with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. An added bonus? All of the furniture goes with the full asking price.
Photos: courtesy of Nick Springett and Jim Bartsch
PATRICK FOGARTY & TYRONE MCKILLEN
OF HILTON & HYLAND
LIST PRICE $14.9 MILLION
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Usher has re-listed his home above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $3.75 million.
The restored Spanish-style villa was built in 1926 and has contemporary details, yet retains original features such as stenciled beams and handcrafted ironwork.
The property’s 4,000-plus square feet of living space features a two-story entry opening to a living room with a rebuilt fireplace; arched doors revealing Juliet balconies overlooking a front patio; a media room/home theater; a dining room; an updated kitchen; a breakfast area; five bedrooms; and six bathrooms.
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List Price: $3.75 Million
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Judi Schindler started spending time in California. The East Coast designer and former finance heavyweight was creating notable homes in the Atlanta area—stately designs filled with classic pieces, often with a Country French flavor. On her trips out West, Schindler became interested in California modern design, specifically the practice of fusing indoor and outdoor living, using streamlined, luxurious decor to create her signature “lifestyles.” Schindler began integrating these and other approaches in her East Coast work, and when her 12,500-square-foot Buckhead residence was featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, it highlighted just how well Schindler had been able to marry East Coast sensibilities with the West’s warm-weather design principles.
Schindler started spending most of the year in Los Angeles five years back. She continued to design in the same vein at her firm, Chelsea Design Associates, but now in reverse—creating, of-the-moment California residences blended with unmistakably traditional notes. She describes it as a “classically modern look, mixing timeless pieces with cleaner lines” and her latest project, a glamorous residence on a leafy block of North Orlando Street, just around the corner from Melrose Place in the West Hollywood area, is an apt showcase of her style.
At curbside, the exterior of the five-bedroom, seven-bath home is presented in traditional Mediterranean style, down to its clay-barrel roof and creamy stucco exterior. Subtle updates have been made with large-format windows and a 10-foot front French door with black glass panes, topped with a classic black awning.
Where the home departs from the typical script is when one opens the door and finds a thoroughly au courant home. A place where natural light illuminates every room and walls of disappearing glass erode distinctions between interior and al fresco living, opening the home marvelously to the exterior and making the ample floor plan seem even more expansive. “You feel this sense of freedom and air,” Schindler says of the atmosphere when one enters. “When you walk in you can walk right out to the pool.”
At the center of the U-shaped floor plan on the ground level—one of three total—is an outdoor lounge that acts as a central artery of sorts, connecting two of the home’s most important spaces. The first is a living room that feels like a modern-day parlor—an elegant place to establish first impressions. The second is a sleek gathering room that is home to a showcase kitchen filled with designer German cabinetry and Calacatta marble, a sunny dining area, and a family room surrounded by windows. Each space becomes an open-air oasis by virtue of its direct line to the outdoors.
Speaking of the exterior, Schindler has sculpted the yard as carefully as she has the interior space, matching it appropriately to the home’s elegance. The rear grounds, onto which the home opens, is a postcard image of what one might find in a Mediterranean-like climate: manicured green lawn, sculpted rows of Italian Cypress and a slender pool and spa with a central water feature that cascades water and fire. “When you’re in the backyard, you feel like you’re in a villa or a spa,” notes Schindler.
When it’s time to step out, you’re a short stroll from some of the best spots in town. “Walk a block and you’re in Melrose Place,” says Schindler, an ardent fan of the neighborhood, which she likens to New York’s Tribeca. “You can walk to 30 restaurants, Cedars-Sinai, and all kinds of shops and supermarkets in five minutes.” And more, including a stellar Sunday farmers’ market that’s just two blocks away. “Where in L.A. can you walk everywhere and do everything?” It’s a big advantage of the home, especially given the state of L.A. traffic, and echoed by real estate agent Dustin Cumming. “It’s at the center of everything,” he says, “but there are only a couple of blocks in all of West Hollywood that have this tranquil feeling with these beautiful big homes, big lots and a little bit of breathing room.” The area’s exclusivity, he adds, translates to a low inventory of homes for sale, adding to the property’s investment value. “This street in this neighborhood is the new Beverly Hills of the West Hollywood… it’s being regentrified and people are coming from all over to this area.”
Consistent with its lofty address is a design aesthetic that feels quintessentially Los Angeles, with touches that echo its most golden eras. The master bathroom, for instance, is a chandelier palace of glossy porcelain, glass and quartz where one might expect to find Jean Harlow primping at the endless counter or soaking in the eggshell tub. Ditto for the walk-in closet. The generous space is lined with custom cabinetry and a glowing vanity that looks straight from the set of a 1930’s song and dance extravaganza. “The closet I’m so jealous of,” says Schindler with a chuckle. “My husband would love me to sell mine and move over there.” The master bedroom is a haven of refined leisure where white walls contrast with deep-hued wood floors, and glass doors slide open to merge the space with the outdoors.
If one wishes, life can be lived exclusively on the street-level floor, with the uppermost level reserved for guests or family who can enjoy the two bedroom suites with outdoor sitting areas and a spacious fresh-air lounging deck. A bachelor, Schindler muses, would be more than satisfied with the man cave on the lower level, which is home to a mirrored gym and a spa, another bedroom suite and a billiard room, plus an office and a multi-level theater. “I can see someone being down in the cinema room,” says Schindler, “then taking the elevator up to the outdoor deck and having cocktails and barbecuing.”
When asked about the high points of the home, Cumming is quick to point to its style and the meticulous attention given to details in its design. “It’s extremely well thought-out.” There’s also high praise for Schindler herself, who helmed the project and who Cumming ranks alongside top-tier estate developers with whom he’s worked. “Judi is one of the most dedicated and passionate developers I’ve ever met. Her attention to detail and hands-on approach is par excellence.” It’s a unique approach, he says, since not all developers stay so personally involved from start to finish. “Judi is in, step for step, with every design aspect of this house,” he adds.
Such involvement makes for a dreamy end-product that stokes the imagination—one can get excited just by looking at its photos and imagining what life could be on such a well-sculpted stage. “California introduced my East Coast mentality to the West Coast,” says Schindler—and brought with her a fresh dose of modern glamour.
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of The Agency
“A true rarity in West Hollywood” is how developer Nick Hertz describes 1345 Havenhurst, his new boutique collection of contemporary, eco-friendly townhomes nestled in a private residential setting just one block from the lively Sunset Strip. Designed by architects Stephen Kanner and Deborah Richmond, expect a stark-white façade accented with aluminum, glass and natural wood cladding joined with unobstructed and protected views stretching from the Hollywood Hills to Century City and Downtown L.A. An attractive living green wall, meanwhile, improves air quality while adding a touch of beauty to the building’s common areas.
“Our project is targeted to homeowners who like to be close to all the action, but off on a quiet side street,” says Hertz. “The ability to walk to everything you would need and enjoy is an appealing part of Havenhurst. Certified as a green building by the city of West Hollywood—and featuring a resource-efficient design that complements the surrounding Hollywood Hills setting with a vibrant, living green wall—this property boasts truly thoughtful living in the heart of L.A.’s hustle and bustle.”
Found at 1345 Havenhurst Drive—near Soho House, Chateau Marmont, The Tower Bar, Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails, and Everleigh—the new development offers more than 27,000 square feet of residential space, with prices starting at $1.375 million. Included is 16 multistory and garden terrace townhomes, plus penthouses ranging from 1,490 to 1,963 square feet. Construction was completed in September 2017, with sales now being exclusively handled by The Agency.
Various floor plans are available, complete with soaring ceilings; floor-to-ceiling windows; wide-plank oak flooring; Carrara marble countertops; custom Italian-designed cabinetry with German hardware; and Bosch appliances. Among the amenities: dedicated outdoor spaces, including private patios and rooftop terraces, as well as electric car-charging stations and entry gates sporting video monitoring systems.
“Havenhurst is a window into West Hollywood and is elevating living like it’s yet to be seen in this highly sought-after area,” says Hertz. “The 360-degree views that stretch from the Hollywood Hills to Century City and Downtown L.A. are protected due to new construction zoning, another offering making Havenhurst even more one-of-a-kind.”
1345 HAVENHURST DRIVE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046
310.728.0345 | 1345HAVENHURST.COM
Robert Duvall got an offer he couldn’t refuse. According to Realtor.com, The Godfather star has sold his West Hollywood two-bedroom, three-bath home for $1.6 million. The property wasn’t the legendary actor’s main residence, however: He also owns a 362-acre farm in The Plains, Virginia, where he spends most of his time. Built in 1924, the 1,065-square-foot home was fully renovated and comes with a guesthouse. The property is “walled, gated, hedged, and extremely private,” according to the listing.
Duvall, who starred opposite Marlon Brando in The Godfather, owned the West Hollywood home for almost ten years. Built in 1924, the 1065-square-foot house has been fully renovated, and is located on a prime street in the Norma Triangle. It is also located behind gates and hedges for extra privacy. Beyond the seclusion, however, sits a front courtyard to welcome guests. The Spanish-style home also boasts hardwood floors, high ceilings, French doors leading into the master bedroom, and an open floor plan. The detached guesthouse includes a third bedroom that could also be turned into a gym or a studio.
Photography Courtesy of Realtor.com
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of The Jeremy Hotel West Hollywood
Much like its surrounding neighborhood, the newly opened Jeremy West Hollywood hotel at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards is the epitome of cool. Think local pop-ups tied to the area (a funky Gibson Guitar display in the lobby in collaboration with local charity VH1 Save the Music, boasting custom-designed instruments created by visual artists and musicians from Miley Cyrus to Patti Smith, for starters). There’s also a snazzy seven-story, LED-lit Dream Catcher installation created by artist Janet Echelman and Hollywood lighting designer Walter Barry. Not to mention some pretty stellar views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin.
“The hotel has a young, vibrant personality that is very much inspired and influenced by surrounding West Hollywood,” says Tim Flodin, general manager of the Starwood Capital Group property. “We provide guests with personalized access to the city’s best cultural moments, savory in-room dining experiences and exclusive events with notable local partners so they can always be on the pulse of what’s happening here.”
Situated at 8490 Sunset Blvd., the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed hotel features a duo of modern, metal-clad towers replete with mid-century modern environs boasting sophisticated touches, such as hand-finished walls, custom lighting, rich walnut paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Accommodations include 286 rooms (most notably, 50 suites including two terraced penthouses), priced from $350 per night and featuring special touches such as custom accent pillows in deep blue and mossy green from NOON by Jane Palmer and custom upholstered headboards with panels of hand-died hemps and linens, all set in natural palette of beige, tan and taupe.
Then there are the trendy food and drink offerings. In addition to the hotel’s fun room service menu—offering items in lunch boxes—its Etcho Café features salads, small plates, charcuterie, and entrées such as grilled swordfish, rib-eye and bucatini prepared by Executive Chef Chang Sivilay.
Among the most popular dishes is the habanero vegetable egg white wrap, duck bao bun and seared ahi tuna salad. Meanwhile, the JOÃO bar serves up in-demand libations from The Jeremy (Cachaça, lime simple syrup and strawberry shrub) to The Deal Breaker (dill, serrano pepper, pineapple, cucumber, vodka and club soda).
And, if that’s not enough, The Jeremy also offers plentiful courtesies and amenities. Among them: text-based guest services; a pool flanked by custom wood cabanas; a fitness center complete with Peloton bikes; and 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
THE JEREMY WEST HOLLYWOOD
8490 SUNSET BLVD., WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
310.424.1600 | JEREMYHOTEL.COM
Written by Alexandria Abramian | Photography Courtesy of 8500 Sunset
Sunset Strip may be one of the most iconic street sections in Los Angeles. The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is known for many things, including jaw-dropping billboards, famous and infamous nightclubs, as well as celebrity-flocked hotel hideouts like Chateau Marmont. These days, however, an explosion of residential construction right on Sunset Boulevard is transforming the Strip into a hub of high-end real estate activity. Sunset Strip may be one of the most iconic street sections in Los Angeles. The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is known for many things, including jaw-dropping billboards, famous and infamous nightclubs, as well as celebrity-flocked hotel hideouts like Chateau Marmont.
These days, however, an explosion of residential construction right on Sunset Boulevard is transforming the Strip into a hub of high-end real estate activity. Call it a case of location. Perched at the base of the Hollywood Hills, the Strip not only offers a central site, but also newly built luxury condos that feature an amenity usually reserved for those with Bel-Air and Bird Street compounds: A-list city, mountain and ocean views.
“These developments will all offer incredible views from the hills to the sea, and will also provide residents with high-end, full service and top amenity-style living,” says real estate agent Justin Alexander, director of sales for Halton Pardee + Partners. “The idea of your home having a similar vibe and experience as a [five]-star hotel coupled with easy access to the Hollywood nightlife, and a central location to Beverly Hills and the Valley make this new building wave an ideal market for thousands of full-time and part-time residents.”
Key among the new developments is 8500 Sunset, a just opened, resort-style project at the corner of La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, developed by CIM Group. With 190 one- and two-bedroom condos in eight-story towers, the project offers residences with commanding views via oversized windows. It also includes easy access to onsite amenities, such as the ground floor Fred Segal, which will be the retailer’s largest location in Los Angeles at 22,000 square feet. A gym, florist, restaurant, wine shop and café will also soon open in the building.
Other Sunset Strip projects are also soon to debut, including the West Hollywood Edition, designed by Ian Schrager (an early adopter of Sunset Strip with his Mondrian Hotel). Slated to open in 2018, the 150- room hotel will be topped by 20 condos, each about 3,000 square feet with expansive terraces and outdoor kitchens. Starchitect Frank Gehry is poised to put his mark on the street as well, with 8150 Sunset Blvd. Located directly across from Chateau Marmont, the five-building complex will house two residential towers along with a shopping center.
“Compared to views in Downtown or in Santa Monica, high rises off the Strip cover a 360-degree perspective, from the snow-capped mountains down to Orange County and direct west to the sea,” says Alexander. “You really can’t beat the full package, and the Strip has only had a few notable offerings on Sunset & Doheny and, with the entertainment and luxury markets booming more than ever, now is the perfect time to grow this specific market.”
Written by Wendy Bowman | Images Courtesy of Gulla Jonsdottir Architecture + Design
When L.A.-based architect Gulla Jonsdottir began planning the new La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood’s eclectic Design District, the Iceland native took creative cues from the surrounding neighborhood, drawing inspiration from readily available muses such as fashion, high-end furniture, artists and poets.
A chic, urban oasis targeted to sophisticated yet equally laid-back guests—complete with indulgences such as cocktails served via cart and a cozy, olive tree-shaded pool sporting a vertical garden and dangling light fixtures, alongside fanciful flourishes from feather chandeliers and fine European furniture to a leather cocoon wall and bespoke paintings, photography and poetry from Jonsdottir’s colleagues and friends.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Design District and look forward to La Peer becoming an integral part of the community,” says Nick Rimedio, general manager of the new Kimpton hotel. “West Hollywood will soon have the chance to enjoy all of the great programing, inclusive diversity, style and playful irreverence Kimpton brings to every new project. It’s such a great fit, and we are going to have a lot of fun!”
Found in the heart of West Hollywood at 627 N. La Peer Drive—between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, within convenient reach of countless galleries, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and movie studios—the four-story, Art Deco-style building will feature 105 rooms and suites priced from $450 per night.
Of special note: a fourth-floor penthouse that will showcase custom furnishings from Jonsdottir’s “Heimaland” collection.
One of two new Kimpton projects hitting the L.A. market in 2017, La Peer is set to debut in late August (with the 216-room Everly Hotel slated to open in June, just steps from the intersection of Hollywood and Vine).
Expect a chic and comforting aesthetic at La Peer, with a brushstroke of understated elegance featuring earth tones and natural materials such as board-form concrete and leather walls; white oak wood flooring; curved brass ceiling details; soft plaster walls; solid liquid surfaces; and bronze columns.
Glamorous 6-foot round light sconces will emit an ambient glow throughout the lobby lounge. Also sure to strike a pleasant chord with guests is a new restaurant concept helmed by chef Casey Lane (of The Tasting Kitchen and Casa Apicii) and a poolside fitness center, as well as a 4,000-square-foot private rooftop terrace and 8,000-plus square feet of indoor-outdoor dining and lounge spaces—all surrounded by lush landscaping and hand-crafted lanterns.
What a way to kindle the ideal urban retreat.
Written by Jenn Thornton | Photography Courtesy of The James West Hollywood
Though not yet open, already The James West Hollywood-Sunset—the first new ground-up hotel in WeHo in nearly 30 years—is something of a celebrity, flaunting its sensuous 10-story façade at the iconic corner of Sunset and La Cienaga Boulevards.
In a show of civic camaraderie with its new home, the West Coast newcomer has floated a short film featuring vignettes themed “Connection,” “Consciousness” and “Community” that reflect the values of its boutique luxury hotel brand. If this seems like a slightly esoteric move, consider that The James partnered with the David Lynch Foundation on the project to support the cult director’s eponymous Transcendental Meditation organization, which will receive a portion of proceeds from every reservation made before the hotel’s May 1 opening.
WHILE THERE’S CERTAINLY A SENSE OF ADDRESS IN THE AIR, THE MOOD IS WARM, WELCOMING, AND SUGGESTS A KIND OF LIBERATION. IT’S A PLACE TO BE MORE THAN TO STAY.
Adding star power to this production is the cast behind The James West Hollywood-Sunset: designer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; owner/developer the CIM Group; and manager Denihan Hospitality Group. Underscoring what its locally attuned brand represents, The James has translated the culture of its immediate environment into what is, essentially, a hub of cultivated cool in the heart of West Hollywood. Dubbing this chic yet centered sensibility “mindfully modern,” the hotel has a pleasing no-fuss tone, if not an intimacy that one doesn’t automatically, or even logically, expect from a 286-room project that is part of the seismically scaled Sunset and La Cienega residential and retail complex. And while there’s certainly a sense of address in the air, the mood is warm, welcoming, and suggests a kind of liberation. It’s a place to be more than to stay. Rather than hit one over the head with refinements, The James smartly and uniformly unfolds them. Contemporary touches include clean lines and commissioned art, such as a “Dreamcatcher” from acclaimed artist Janet Echelman that will be unveiled upon opening. Guestrooms, which comprise 35 suites, are sophisticated, trimly silhouetted spaces sporting natural accents and awesome outlooks of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles basin. The palette is neutral, continuing the hotel’s feeling of effortless, informal calm.
Event spaces are substantial yet refreshingly current, and public spaces congenial. Overseer of the dining scene, Disruptive Restaurant Group presents signature restaurant Fi’lia by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz; market and eatery Farmspoke, helmed by chef Chris Crary; and drink spots Bar Nur and Bar Nur Up (located in the lobby and on the rooftop, respectively). Concoctions from cocktail impresario Zachary Patterson of Melrose Umbrella Co. up the libations game. Adding sex appeal to the entire mise–en–scène, meanwhile, is a glamorous pool and pool deck. Suddenly, a Hollywood ending doesn’t sound nearly intriguing as a West Hollywood beginning.