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Inside Ava Little Tokyo, Where Rents Start at $2,190 a Month

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Ava Little Tokyo, a big projects in booming Little Tokyo, has officially opened its doors, and, judging by the marketing materials, is hoping to attract moneyed young creative types. (Who isn't, though?) All 280 apartments in the two-building complex have in-unit stacked washers and dryers, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and either a balcony or a patio. And some lucky tenants in the AvalonBay Communities development get extra features like chalkboard walls, charging stations, or something called a "gear wall," which sounds like it might hold a handcrafted knapsack or your weekend rock-climbing accoutrements.

Communal amenities include three outdoor courtyards decked out with fire pits and barbecues, three "DIY resident workshop spaces," a pet spa, and bike storage and repair facilities.

What's all this wonderfulness going to cost? Brace. Based on information on the Ava Little Tokyo website, studios start at $2,190 for 642 square feet. (Of course, some of those studios come with a gear wall.) One-bedrooms range from $2,135 (for a unit between 624 and 638 square feet) to $2,894. Two-bedroom apartments start at $2,663, and three-bedroom models range from $3,455 to $4,205. Ava was designed by TCA Architects, who also designed an in-the-works project right next door; once that's complete, prices will probably not be any less wince-inducing there either.

· Ava Little Tokyo [Official Site]
· Ava Little Tokyo [Curbed LA]
· Final 2nd/San Pedro Mixed-Use Breaks Ground in Little Tokyo [Curbed LA]