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Swanky Stella Brings Pricey Apts. and Trendy Food to Del Rey

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Lately when new apartment projects are announced in Santa Monica, developers fall over themselves to promote the traffic-busting benefits of living near a future Expo Line stop. But to lure traffic-haters further south to Del Rey, developers have to take a slightly different approach. At Stella, a shiny new, luxe 244-unit building, the talk is all Walkscore (an excellent 94) and "our building is so awesome you'll never want to leave anyway." (And what's with everyone naming their buildings like children these days?). The development is not quite finished yet, but Ricardo Zarate's latest Peruvian restaurant Paiche has already moved into the ground floor (Zarate is also behind Picca and Mo-Chica), and the resort-y amenities include an outdoor lounge with fire pits and gas grills, an indoor lounge with pool table, saltwater pool and cabanas, spa treatments, yoga room for private lessons, and a 24 hour fitness center.

The units have high ceilings, designer fixtures and color schemes, and quartz counters in the kitchens. Apartments range from 528-square-foot studios to 1,723-square-foot townhouses. If you're thinking this all sounds like it might be moderately priced, you are not at all correct: studios start at $2,490, one-bedrooms at $2,810, two-bedrooms at $3,775, and three-bedrooms at $4,550.

Designed by DesignARC, Ariel Fox Design, and Arroyo Interior Design, and developed with GLJ Partners, Merlone Geier first announced the project back in 2009. It definitely looks a little livelier than the initial renderings.
· Stella [Official Site]
· New Mixed-Use Hopes to Enliven Del Rey [Curbed LA]