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Pricey New SaMo Apartments Encourage Carless Living

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Santa Monica has a whole bunch of transit-adjacent apartments planned for the coming years, but two new six-story buildings bringing 100 units to Fifth Street have beat the rush. (They've also beat the transit--the Expo Line phase II and its Downtown Santa Monica stop are still a couple years off.) The buildings were designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, and developed by the prolific NMS Properties, which hopes they attract a car-eschewing crowd: "Residents will be able to live, work and play without ever needing to get into their cars. Leading this kind of lifestyle will save residents thousands of dollars in car-related expenses." Which is good, because residents at NMS@1420 and NMS@1430 will need those extra dollars to pay their rent. These one- and two-bedroom apartments range from 525 to 1,395 square feet, with rents between $2,944 and $5,874. Utilities and personal bike racks included. Still, according to a press release, the buildings are already 30 percent leased.

Located at 1420 and 1430 Fifth Street near Santa Monica Boulevard, the exteriors use "plaster, resin panels and painted metal panels, and are further distinguished by sloping, metal roofs," and feature "powder-coated custom blue tube steel trellises which march along the ground floor and are echoed at the fifth and sixth floor balconies." The units have stainless steel appliances and personal security systems, and many come with private balconies. Residents will also have access to 10-foot wide courtyards along the sides of the buildings.
· NMS Properties Archives [Curbed LA]