Not everyone wants a bungalow or a mansion. The two-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Beverly Hills and Westwood is the go-to spot for affluent Los Angelinos who eschew pool maintenance, yard care, and palatial maid service bills in lieu of the luxury highrise life. Soaring condo buildings line the Wilshire Corridor, which has earned the nickname “the Golden Mile” considering the sports, entertainment, business, and intellectual luminaries who have chosen this urban paradise as home base.
Condo-hunters can expect to find median prices north of $1.6 million in the elite high-rise buildings that flank the Wilshire Corridor, most of them boasting all the sumptuous amenities expected from the luxury vertical lifestyle—24-hour valet and concierge services, pools, spas, tennis courts, fitness centers, entertainment lounges, conference rooms, and much more. Some of the most high-end buildings have maid’s units for sale, as well. Follow the money up the elevator—it goes without saying, the higher in the sky, the more spectacular the view.
While opulence is the name of the game in most of the buildings, deals and lower prices can still be found in some of the classic, renovated buildings that date back to Wilshire Boulevard’s post-war heyday.
There’s power and clout in this corridor, as well. Several high-rise buildings along the Wilshire corridor house Fox Studios and MGM Studios. They also house some of Los Angeles’ most historic hotels.
Wilshire Boulevard itself runs along a prehistoric pathway used by the indigenous Tongva people. It was their route between their coastal settlement and the La Brea Tarpits. Spanish settlers called it “El Camino Viejo” (the Old Road). It passed through the original five rancho land grants, as well as the old Pueblo Los Angeles. The route was named for developer Henry Gaylord Wilshire in 1884, with apartment highrises springing up in the 1950s and 1960s.
If your dream lifestyle is splendor in the sky, Wilshire Corridor has it in spades.
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