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Here Are Los Angeles's Most Beautiful Apartment Buildings

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While Los Angeles is best known, apartment-architecture-wise, for its dingbats, the cookie-cutter buildings most notable for being the inevitable future cause of your earthquake-related death, the city is actually quite packed with beautiful rental buildings of all varieties. Below, a small sampling of the many gorgeous apartment buildings around LA (hardly exhaustive--even just the architects on the list designed dozens more lovely examples). Let us know in the comments what we missed.

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1. Le Trianon

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1750 North Serrano Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The French-Norman style Le Trianon was designed in 1928 by the prolific apartment-castle architect Leland Bryant, who lived here himself.

2. Strathmore Apartments

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11005 Strathmore Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Richard Neutra's 1937 Strathmore Apartments are fiercely beloved by architects and hard to come by--only four of the eight units are rentals.

3. New Carver Apartments

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325 West 17th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Local starchitect Michael Maltzan designed the sawtoothed New Carver Apartments, which provide supportive housing to homeless and disabled residents. They opened in late 2009.

4. Mauretania Apartments

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520, 522 North Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Milton J. Black designed the 10-unit, Streamline Moderne Mauretania in 1934 for Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. JFK stayed in the building during the 1960 Democratic National Convention, where he won the nomination.

5. Sheats Apartments

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10919 Strathmore Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

These 1948 apartments by the great John Lautner have unfortunately been taken over by drunk college students, but they're still very lovely.

6. Bubeshko Apartments

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2036 Griffith Park Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Rudolph Schindler designed the seven-unit Bubeshko Apartments between 1938 and 1941.

7. 28th Street Apartments

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1006 East 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Koning Eizenberg renovated architect Paul Williams's 1926 YMCA into a 48-unit affordable housing complex. It opened in late 2012.

8. Los Feliz Manor

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4643 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The ornately art deco Los Feliz Manor was designed by Jack Grundfor and built in 1929; it has 30 units, rarely up for grabs.

9. El Royale

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450 North Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

The high-profile El Royale in Hancock Park was designed in 1929 by William Douglas Lee, who also designed the Chateau Marmont. The building, with its posh amenities, has been beloved by celebrities from William Faulkner to Ben Stiller. Open units are very hard to come by.

10. American Cement Building Lofts

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2404 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057

The American Cement Building was designed by DMJM and built in 1964 to showcase the power of concrete (which it does beautifully with an x-patterned facade and few interior supports to obstruct views); it now houses 71 live/work lofts.

11. Casa Laguna

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5200 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Courtyard masters Arthur and Nina Zwebell designed the Andalusian-style Casa Laguna in 1928. It has 18 units that still have beamed ceilings, French windows, and lovely tiles.

12. High Tower Court

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The High Tower Court was (mostly) designed by Carl Kay between 1935 and 1956 (there's also a Lloyd Wright building on the property and other additions). But the big deal about the complex is really the layout--a walk-street network supposedly modeled on Positano, Italy--and its High Tower Elevator. It was all featured to great effect in the Robert Altman film The Long Goodbye.

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1. Le Trianon

1750 North Serrano Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The French-Norman style Le Trianon was designed in 1928 by the prolific apartment-castle architect Leland Bryant, who lived here himself.

1750 North Serrano Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Strathmore Apartments

11005 Strathmore Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Richard Neutra's 1937 Strathmore Apartments are fiercely beloved by architects and hard to come by--only four of the eight units are rentals.

11005 Strathmore Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

3. New Carver Apartments

325 West 17th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Local starchitect Michael Maltzan designed the sawtoothed New Carver Apartments, which provide supportive housing to homeless and disabled residents. They opened in late 2009.

325 West 17th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

4. Mauretania Apartments

520, 522 North Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Milton J. Black designed the 10-unit, Streamline Moderne Mauretania in 1934 for Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. JFK stayed in the building during the 1960 Democratic National Convention, where he won the nomination.

520, 522 North Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

5. Sheats Apartments

10919 Strathmore Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024

These 1948 apartments by the great John Lautner have unfortunately been taken over by drunk college students, but they're still very lovely.

10919 Strathmore Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024

6. Bubeshko Apartments

2036 Griffith Park Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Rudolph Schindler designed the seven-unit Bubeshko Apartments between 1938 and 1941.

2036 Griffith Park Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

7. 28th Street Apartments

1006 East 28th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Koning Eizenberg renovated architect Paul Williams's 1926 YMCA into a 48-unit affordable housing complex. It opened in late 2012.

1006 East 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

8. Los Feliz Manor

4643 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The ornately art deco Los Feliz Manor was designed by Jack Grundfor and built in 1929; it has 30 units, rarely up for grabs.

4643 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. El Royale

450 North Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The high-profile El Royale in Hancock Park was designed in 1929 by William Douglas Lee, who also designed the Chateau Marmont. The building, with its posh amenities, has been beloved by celebrities from William Faulkner to Ben Stiller. Open units are very hard to come by.

450 North Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

10. American Cement Building Lofts

2404 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The American Cement Building was designed by DMJM and built in 1964 to showcase the power of concrete (which it does beautifully with an x-patterned facade and few interior supports to obstruct views); it now houses 71 live/work lofts.

2404 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057

11. Casa Laguna

5200 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Courtyard masters Arthur and Nina Zwebell designed the Andalusian-style Casa Laguna in 1928. It has 18 units that still have beamed ceilings, French windows, and lovely tiles.

5200 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068

12. High Tower Court

2181-2189 Broadview Terrace los angeles

The High Tower Court was (mostly) designed by Carl Kay between 1935 and 1956 (there's also a Lloyd Wright building on the property and other additions). But the big deal about the complex is really the layout--a walk-street network supposedly modeled on Positano, Italy--and its High Tower Elevator. It was all featured to great effect in the Robert Altman film The Long Goodbye.