On top of Bunker Hill, directly next to the forthcoming The Broad art museum, the 20-story luxury apartment complex The Emerson is now the first open piece of the multi-stage and multi-parcel Grand Avenue megaproject, which will eventually bring Frank-Gehry-designed retail, residential, and restaurant offerings to this culture-heavy, party-light part of Downtown. The Arquitectonica-designed tower, though lovely, seems unassuming from the outside; it's tempting to conclude from there that the rents (definitely "luxury") are unreasonable for this quiet corner of town. But they're a lot easier to understand once a foot's been set inside the building.
This isn't the most happening part of Downtown (yet), but plenty of people would prefer to live a very short walk away from all the action, in an incredibly well-appointed building with indoor spaces by locals Marmol Radziner. The units have large windows that allow natural light to fill the space, lighting up all the pricey details you'd expect in a luxury apartment: marble on the bathroom countertops, Bosch appliances in the kitchen, walnut cabinets, wood floors, a (hidden) stacked washer and dryer, and Nest thermostats so you can turn your air on remotely and cool off the apartment before you get home.
Beyond the apartments themselves, there are the plentiful amenities: a very chic, private outdoor terrace with a pool, spa, entertaining space, grilling area, and dog run on the first floor; a rooftop common area with indoor/outdoor rooms on the twentieth floor. There are, of course, indoor communal spaces including a gym, yoga studio, steam room, library, and media lounge for screenings. All of the amenity spaces (more than 15,000 square feet) have WiFi and are equipped with a sound system (either via a docking station or bluetooth).
Sealing the deal, though, are the services that come complimentary with the apartments. The Emerson will walk your dog, put away your delivered groceries, get you concert tickets, clean your house, pick up your dry cleaning—all because you live in the building (and pay the hefty rent). Did you have a barbecue on the rooftop lounge? They'll clean the grills for you when you are done. The upscale restaurant on the first floor will deliver room service to the apartments. There is no "nighttime tuck-in" service listed, but it could probably get done.
All this luxury does come at a price. Studios start at $2,295, one-bedrooms at $3,500, and two-bedrooms at $4,495. The units range from 582 to 1,440 square feet. Leasing is open now and move-ins are expected to come in the last couple weeks of October. Take the full tour:
· Rents at Bunker Hill's Brand New The Emerson Start at $2,295 [Curbed LA]
· Arquitectonica [Curbed LA]