Park La Brea is an apartment complex within the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, California. It totals over 4,000 apartments on 160 acres. La Brea means the tar in Spanish as the complex is named after the tar pits located nearby. The apartments are high-rise and garden style in architecture. The complex is laid out in an octagon style layout.
The complex was designed in the 1940's by Gordon Kaufman and J.E. Stanton. The two architects received inspiration from the multi-housing dwellings located in Paris. The design style was new to Los Angeles and at first not well received. The design made it so each apartment had an expansive view of the city.
The location of the complex was very desirable upon completion of the project. Many celebrities and successful executives lived in the area during the 1940's through the early 1960's. The area eventually fell into ill repair during the 1970's and Park La Brea suffered.
The complex was taken over by new ownership and completely refurbished in the 2000's. It is now once again a desirable rental location. Park La Brea now features a full community center, health club, beauty parlor, and dry cleaner