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Rick Caruso's Fancy 8500 Apartments Debut at Fancy Party

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Parties: we like them! Invite us to yours!

[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels]

The event: Opening for 8500, the luxury mixed-use apartments just south of the Beverly Center (we'll have a full tour soon).

In the house: Rick Caruso, the developer behind 8500 and fan favorite The Grove (he said he was trying to build a "masterpiece" and shooting for six-star luxury); Rush Hour director Brett Ratner; Lisa Simpson Yeardley Smith; Sex and the City creator Darren Star; lots of fancy-looking people.

Menu: Really good canapé from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, whose The Larder at Burton Way opens soon on 8500's ground floor; mini cupcakes from Sprinkles.

Dress code: This was a swanky crowd--nice suits and other expensive-looking items.

Soundtrack: Unexpected--techno versions of Adele, Robyn, the kind of thing you'd expect to hear at an apartment building opening in Hollywood.

Gift bag contents: A heavy duty 8500 Burton totebag and a chocolate chip cookie from The Larder, left in the car when the valet handed it over (as Curbed photog Elizabeth Daniels said, "It's like being reverse-burgled").

The skinny: 8500 is a very swank business, with 87 units renting from the *mid-$4,000s; apartments are already a third leased. Guests last night toured a seventh-floor model unit with interior design by Waldo Fernandez, then headed up to the party on the eighth-floor roof deck--the views from up there are great. The building itself is staffed up with valets, a 24-hour doorman, and full-service concierge and those guys are on their game--they were standing by at the party doing a hero's job recognizing an "I need a glass of champagne" face. Besides The Larder, the area's millionth Trader Joe's will also open on the ground floor soon. Stay tuned for a more thorough tour of the building.
· Take a Virtual Tour of 8500 Burton Apartments, Opening in Oct. [Curbed LA]