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Old 08-15-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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Using the definition of an loft as a (usually older) building re-purposed into residential, the real "lofts" in Downtown are largely concentrated on Broadway, Spring and Main.

South Park/LA Live is tacky, gaudy and largely pre-fabricated, and hardly represents what Downtown is about -- I'd avoid that area if I was seeking the true Downtown experience; urbanity, vibrancy, character, the synthesis of charm, history, and grit, etc.
If by urbanity you mean urine stained sidewalks inhabited by homeless, then downtown is your place.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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i kinda agree that la live is tacky, but that probably is the safest part of downtown. i really like koreatown too. looked at apartments there but many i noticed didnt have parking garages. maybe it is different there for lofts?
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Downtown is a big place NOT just Skid Row and some adjacent areas. For example, I don't recall the whiff of urine down Grand Avenue near MOCA/California Plaza, not far the Bunker Hill Towers. I sure don't smell it at 7th and Fig or at the Roosevelt just a block away. Last time I checked, 'bum intolerant' LA Live! was still downtown, or has it moved...? Oh yeah, and that huge apartment project on the NW corner of 2nd and Central? The sidewalks across the street- you know, the ones in front of the Quiznos, Starbucks, Office Depot, etc - are bum-free. At least they have been every time I visit, which is at least twice a week.

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If by urbanity you mean urine stained sidewalks inhabited by homeless, then downtown is your place.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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The only 'loft-like' -and I mean that in the loosest possible way- is that relatively new project at Wilshire/Western. It's on the NE corner, between 6th and Wilshire. Most of the places I like in K-town are the old brick apts- in fact the Versailles is just around the corner from the project I described. Very cool place, hardwood floors, lots of room, across from a school, blocks away from the subway, etc. The company that manages the Versailles also run a bunch of similar old places around town.

Parking IS gonna be an issue. Many of these older buildings with limited parking are perfect for subway/transit commuters but parking varies so I would still check some other buildings out.

Happy Hunting.

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i kinda agree that la live is tacky, but that probably is the safest part of downtown. i really like koreatown too. looked at apartments there but many i noticed didnt have parking garages. maybe it is different there for lofts?
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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I was looking into lofts a while back and from recalling my experience - many buildings don't have parking, the strata fees are high and what you get from them in building amenities is minimal for the cost and I was told to read up on who owned the building. Shybarry, for one.
As someone suggested before, I'd rent one and really check it out, also get to know which buildings have the best reputation.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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It really just depends on the location of the building. I frequent downtown three or four times a week and there's fascinating growth happening over there. As somebody mentioned previously, the LA Live situation isn't where the true developments in the neighborhood lie. The area around fourth street/main has a few neat cafes/bars and restaurants with lofts scattered around. Every second thursday Los Angeles hold it's art walk which turns downtown into a hysterical scene that wouldn't be out of place in bladerunner.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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Downtown is a big place NOT just Skid Row and some adjacent areas. For example, I don't recall the whiff of urine down Grand Avenue near MOCA/California Plaza, not far the Bunker Hill Towers. I sure don't smell it at 7th and Fig or at the Roosevelt just a block away. Last time I checked, 'bum intolerant' LA Live! was still downtown, or has it moved...? Oh yeah, and that huge apartment project on the NW corner of 2nd and Central? The sidewalks across the street- you know, the ones in front of the Quiznos, Starbucks, Office Depot, etc - are bum-free. At least they have been every time I visit, which is at least twice a week.
Actually I was being somewhat sarcastic. I really do enjoy visiting downtown LA. Really the area I am referring to is on 6th street near Cole's french dip. There are some lofts across the street.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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even that area has changed.

i was suprised the other day (driving west on 7th from the east side) at how FEW transients i saw! everyday there are less and less homeless. around the mission they still exist in abundance, but elsewhere, not anymore.

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Actually I was being somewhat sarcastic. I really do enjoy visiting downtown LA. Really the area I am referring to is on 6th street near Cole's french dip. There are some lofts across the street.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Default The Must and such...

Well, thar be no shortage of the foul stench near Coles, that's true, tho I love Coles and that new restaurant that opened up next (LA Blue or something like that..?). When I visit my friend at the Bartlett, we walk up to The Must, which is new bar/food joint at the SE corner of Spring and 5th. Had a great Cobb salad there, along with some sweet (not really my thing) beers. It's across from the Alexandria which is undergoing some renovations.

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Actually I was being somewhat sarcastic. I really do enjoy visiting downtown LA. Really the area I am referring to is on 6th street near Cole's french dip. There are some lofts across the street.
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