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Three Buyers Take High Tower Elevator All the Way to the Top

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Three multi-family houses in the High Tower Court, at the top of the High Tower Elevator, have sold in the last couple months, and as wonderful as the outdoor, mountainside high-rise concept is, the pricechops were severe. Architect Carl Kay designed four buildings around the elevator tower between 1935 and 1956 (Lloyd Wright designed a fifth at the back of the property), and listing agent Ray Schuldenfrei tells Curbed that all four were sold in probate sales by Kay's family (the fourplex sold in 2008). Schuldenfrei also tells us the original walk-street layout off Broadview Terrace was modeled after Positano, Italy, and that one of the walk streets leads over the hill directly to the Hollywood Bowl parking lot. Kay built the elevator when his wife got sick of always taking the stairs.

Banks of garages line the drive-streets below, and tunnels take lucky key-holders to what is apparently the only privately-held, outdoor industrial elevator west of the Mississippi. The elevator is run by a non-profit private corporation and residents can subscribe at a fee of $51 per month per address (so a duplex would need two). Sure, it sounds like it might get to be kind of pain (like when you have to go out at night to get Courry cat food for your picky cat), but some of these places look pretty cool and very sunny, and for heaven's sakes, they're at the top of an outdoor elevator tower built into a hillside.

Here's the sales data:

2181 Broadview Terrace is a two bedroom, two bathroom duplex originally listed at $849,000 according to a sales flyer Schuldenfrei sent us. It went for $625,000.

2185 Broadview Terrace is a three bedroom, two bathroom duplex originally listed at $995,000. It sold for $650,000.

2189 Broadview Terrace is a two bedroom, two bathroom duplex originally listed at $949,000. It sold for $549,000.
· High Tower Archives [Curbed LA]