Time used to be a fancy pool and spa were all the outdoor amenities you needed to lure renters or condo-buyers to your high-priced development, but no more. Now with rents and prices on the rise, developers are getting really crazy: new projects are opening with de rigeur dog parks, al fresco workout areas, and outdoor movie screens. Here, for Outdoors Week, we round up the most insane building amenities in town.
↑ The Hollywood Tower has three big decks fitted out with sound systems, an "outdoor cinema," giant chess and Twister, a barbecue island and bar, roofdeck spinning, a pool and spa, and an outdoor fireplace lounge, and that's all great—but then on top of all that (GIANT TWISTER), they also hold regular private rooftop concerts (past bands include Florence and the Machine and Broken Bells) and comedy shows.
↑ Playa Vista's recently-opened Millennium del Rey, where units start at $2,490, has an outdoor workout area, a dog park with pet washing stations with blowdryers, poolside cabanas with TVs, and of course surfboard storage.
↑ Glendale's Elevé Lofts and Skydeck, which opened last year, was designed with those picky millennials in mind—apparently those guys are looking for a giant sun deck with its own movie area, dog park, sports bar, barbecue areas, and poets' corner (Elevé residents, is that where people bone or what?). The units themselves are as tiny as 375 square feet.
↑ The Century condos—good enough for pampered Candy Spelling—have a four-acre garden designed by Pamela Burton, firepit lounges, and outdoor dining areas; "nearby gourmet chef kitchens ensure convenience," naturally.
↑ In 2011, the Residences at W Hollywood tried to entice buyers in a slow market with a complete overhaul of its roof: today it's got one of the fancier roofdecks, with a dog park, pool, outdoor kitchens, an (enclosed) fitness center, and some of the best views available. Condo sales are still pretty "eh."
↑ Sam Nazarian's sbe, the guys who run nightclub Hyde and the SLS Hotels chain, will be bringing their douchey clubby magic to The Camden mixed-user at Selma and Vine (it's set to open in 2016); they're planning an indoor-outdoor area that'll include a dog park with an interactive media screen so tenants can share pet Instagrams, a musicians' studio, an "artists annex," a garden, a yoga zone, and a restaurant-grade outdoor kitchen (local chefs will teach cooking classes there), plus of course a pool/spa/cabanas set-up.
· Outdoors Week 2014 [Curbed LA]