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These Tiny LA Apartments Come With Lots of Fancy Extras

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Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!

As rents rise and demand for space grows, there's a good chance that the apartment synonymous with small—the studio—will only get smaller. One potential antidote, if you've got the money, is a wee unit in a fancy building that comes with lots of extra amenities. After all, you don't have to pay two-bedroom prices to use the same heated saltwater pool or Xbox lounge as the rest of the tenants. Here are the places around Los Angeles where you reap the most benefits from the communal resources while paying for just a bit of your own personal space:


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1. One Santa Fe

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One Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

One Santa Fe's smallest studios measure just 343 square feet, but oh, the amenities! A residents-only yoga and Pilates studio; a saltwater infinity pool; free WiFi, mp3 docks, and USB ports in all common areas; and a club house with a giant kitchen and multiple TVs, so you never have to watch whatever someone else is watching if you don't want to. Studios start at $1,580.

2. Casa Granada

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550 South Barrington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Aside from the jungle-like grounds, this top-floor unit—just 470 square feet—at Brentwood's Casa Granada has a pool that's heated year-round, a gym with new equipment, a barbecue area, a rec room with a full kitchen, and a dry-cleaning service. Rent is $1,924.

3. Hanover South Park

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939 Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Screening rooms, courtyards with barbecues and fire pits, and a fancy gym are, of course, part of the experience at Hanover South Park. But the real scene-stealer is the rooftop terrace, which, from this vantage point, offers up some incredible views of the Downtown skyline. The studios start at 493 square feet, with rents beginning at $2,040.

4. Stella

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13488 Maxella Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Outdoor areas at Marina del Rey's Stella have "fire coves" (not as dangerous as they might sound), a saltwater pool with "social cabanas," a bike kitchen for tinkering with your cycle, and multiple lounge areas, one of which is Stella's own "beach" with sand and a pond. Studios get as cozy as 528 square feet, and rent starts at $2,550.

5. The Lex on Orange

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321 North Orange Street
Glendale, CA 91203

The Lex on Orange's smallest studios are 610 square feet, but the complex offers all sorts of fun stuff, including a game lounge with an Xbox AND a PlayStation 4, private cabanas with TVs, a heated saltwater pool and spa, a two-story gym, a rooftop dog zone with dog-washing area, an outdoor yoga space, and an on-site electric vehicle charging dock. Rent starts at $2,125.

6. The Emerson

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225 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Twentieth floor lounges with barbecues and a fancy gym—both of which this building has—are becoming run-of-the-mill. The Emerson's concierge service kicks it up a notch: they'll walk your dog, get you concert tickets, pick up your dry cleaning, and let in the delivery man who brings you groceries, then put those groceries away if you're out—and even residents of the 675-square-foot studios get to reap the benefits. Rent is $2,595. [Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]

7. 1600 Vine

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1600 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

1600 Vine offers a fancy pool in the courtyard, like every other place, but it also offers a very unique resident benefits program at local, participating businesses. Cash in on yours and get, among other things, 20 percent off your spray tan, discounted rooms at the W Hotel (staycation!), a 20 percent discount on home-delivered frozen yogurt, and five bucks off events at the Montalban Theatre. The smallest studio is 680 square feet, and rent starts at $2,687.

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1. One Santa Fe

One Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA

One Santa Fe's smallest studios measure just 343 square feet, but oh, the amenities! A residents-only yoga and Pilates studio; a saltwater infinity pool; free WiFi, mp3 docks, and USB ports in all common areas; and a club house with a giant kitchen and multiple TVs, so you never have to watch whatever someone else is watching if you don't want to. Studios start at $1,580.

One Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

2. Casa Granada

550 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Aside from the jungle-like grounds, this top-floor unit—just 470 square feet—at Brentwood's Casa Granada has a pool that's heated year-round, a gym with new equipment, a barbecue area, a rec room with a full kitchen, and a dry-cleaning service. Rent is $1,924.

550 South Barrington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

3. Hanover South Park

939 Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Screening rooms, courtyards with barbecues and fire pits, and a fancy gym are, of course, part of the experience at Hanover South Park. But the real scene-stealer is the rooftop terrace, which, from this vantage point, offers up some incredible views of the Downtown skyline. The studios start at 493 square feet, with rents beginning at $2,040.

939 Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. Stella

13488 Maxella Avenue, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Outdoor areas at Marina del Rey's Stella have "fire coves" (not as dangerous as they might sound), a saltwater pool with "social cabanas," a bike kitchen for tinkering with your cycle, and multiple lounge areas, one of which is Stella's own "beach" with sand and a pond. Studios get as cozy as 528 square feet, and rent starts at $2,550.

13488 Maxella Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

5. The Lex on Orange

321 North Orange Street, Glendale, CA 91203

The Lex on Orange's smallest studios are 610 square feet, but the complex offers all sorts of fun stuff, including a game lounge with an Xbox AND a PlayStation 4, private cabanas with TVs, a heated saltwater pool and spa, a two-story gym, a rooftop dog zone with dog-washing area, an outdoor yoga space, and an on-site electric vehicle charging dock. Rent starts at $2,125.

321 North Orange Street
Glendale, CA 91203

6. The Emerson

225 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Twentieth floor lounges with barbecues and a fancy gym—both of which this building has—are becoming run-of-the-mill. The Emerson's concierge service kicks it up a notch: they'll walk your dog, get you concert tickets, pick up your dry cleaning, and let in the delivery man who brings you groceries, then put those groceries away if you're out—and even residents of the 675-square-foot studios get to reap the benefits. Rent is $2,595. [Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]

225 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

7. 1600 Vine

1600 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

1600 Vine offers a fancy pool in the courtyard, like every other place, but it also offers a very unique resident benefits program at local, participating businesses. Cash in on yours and get, among other things, 20 percent off your spray tan, discounted rooms at the W Hotel (staycation!), a 20 percent discount on home-delivered frozen yogurt, and five bucks off events at the Montalban Theatre. The smallest studio is 680 square feet, and rent starts at $2,687.

1600 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028