The Los Angeles Westside has a skyline of its own—Century City, a pocket of skyscrapers that form a major hub of business, employment, and commerce, as well as an elite enclave of urban living in a city best known for its sprawling suburbs and gated communities.
The land formerly belonged to Tom Mix, an actor in cowboy movies. 20th Century Fox subsequently built a backlot on the land behind its headquarters. In the 1950s the studio president and his nephew-in-law hatched a plan to repurpose the backlot into commercial real estate through a master-planned development—a “city within the city.” But when the studio suffered financially from several high-profile flops, they sold the land and the plan to outside real estate developers. The first of the commercial buildings that would comprise Century City opened in 1963.
Today, Century City is recognizable by iconic buildings like Constellation Place (formerly MGM Tower), Century Plaza Hotel, and Century City Medical Plaza. Bordered by Westwood and Beverly Hills, Century City offers some of the most upscale office spaces in Los Angeles.
It also offers a high standard of luxury highrise living. Los Angelenos who chose to make their homes in Century City have their choice of luxury condos, as well as a scattering of townhomes and the odd single-family home here and there. Median prices are north of $1.6 million, for an average price per square foot north of $1,116. Notable residential towers include The Century, Century Towers, and Century Plaza.
Residents of luxury condo buildings in Century city enjoy spectacular views and access to top-shelf amenities such as valet, gym, pool, theater and concierge. Upscale dining and shopping is an elevator ride away in one of LA’s most thriving commercial districts at the recently renovated Westfield Century City shopping mall.
For people who love to live adjacent to the throbbing commercial heartbeat of their home city, Century City doesn’t disappoint. It’s hard to get closer to the action than this.
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