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Inside the Apartment Building Named For Aldous Huxley, Where Studios Start at $2,400

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The author Aldous Huxley is best known for his novel Brave New World, about a dystopian global society where humans are split before birth into castes and programmed to consume voraciously, numb themselves with drugs and casual sex, worship Henry Ford, and fear individuality. We're not sure why you'd name an apartment complex for him (unless maybe you're poking a little fun at your tenants?), but then we're also not sure who would pay $2,400 a month (or up to $3,100 a month!) for a studio apartment. That said, the studio apartments at The Huxley, freshly opened at La Brea and Fountain, are quite spacious (681 to 710 square feet) and come with balconies and walk-in closets and even bathtubs. That said, the studio apartments at The Huxley are named after George Orwell, a writer best known for a dystopian novel set in a hyper-authoritarian world of pervasive surveillance and perpetual war. Between the uncomfortable literary references and the high prices, all we know is that these apartments are not for English majors.

The six-story Huxley, formerly known as the Jons-killer, has 187 units: One-bedrooms, named for Anthony Burgess, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, and HG Wells, run from 720 to 996 square feet and from $2,770 to $3,605; two-bedrooms, named for Ray Bradbury, Susan Sontag, and Virginia Woolf, run from 1,053 to 1,271 square feet and from $3,580 to $7,000. (See floorplans and pricing here.) All the units come with patios or balconies and washer/dryers; many of the upper units have beautiful views of the Hills; the La Brea-facing lower units have expansive views of the Ralphs.

The Huxley also comes with tons of pleasures for residents, including a lounge area with coffee bar, a pool area with cabanas, a gym, a conference room, a screening room, a dog run, a fifth-floor terrace with barbecues and a projector, and a community teaching kitchen where residents will be able to catch cooking demonstrations and other classes either live or on a closed-circuit channel in their units (ohhhhhh, The Orwell). The whole place, including outdoor areas, is also outfitted with free high-speed WiFi.

The building's groundfloor has 20,000 square feet of retail space; the spaces haven't been leased yet, but the developers like the idea of a restaurant, coffee shop, or pet store.

Leasing is on now and move-ins start in a couple weeks.

· The Huxley [Official Site]
· Two Huge WeHo Mixed-Users Arrive Late 2013/Early 2014 [Curbed LA]

Fountain & La Brea

Fountain Ave. & N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood, CA