Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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November 2017 61 This six-story mixed-use development on Maxella Avenue in Marina del Rey, Calif., offers 244 residential units and 9,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. The project achieved LEED Silver rating, and received the Westside Urban Forum Honor Award for multi-unit housing (2014). Tall Phoenix dactylifera date palms line both sides of the entrance driveway to the 'Stella'. The apartment complex was designed to be something of an urban residential oasis tucked within this compact, unincorporated area of boat marinas in southwest Los Angeles. Santa Monica and Marina del Rey are the two most expensive rental markets in Los Angeles, according to Axiometrics, an apartment data services. The average monthly rents are $3,316. The Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills aren't far behind at $3,013, followed by Palms/ Mar Vista area ($2,540) and downtown ($2,344). Those familiar with Los Angels may be surprised that Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills aren't at the top of the rental rung. Location, as always, trumps other considerations in real estate; proximity to the beach costs you extra. Axiometrics notes that there are four apartment properties in the downtown with average rents above $3,500. The downtown L.A. residential vacancy rate, however, is 12%, the highest level in nearly two decades. The vacancy rate is blamed on the overbuilding of luxury apartments downtown. Marina del Rey Apartment Complex Design Landscape Architecture by Orange Street Studio, Los Angeles Editor Steve Kelly Left & Inset: The "podium" level at the 'Stella' luxury apartment complex on Maxella Avenue in Marina del Rey, Calif., features a circular "beach," shaded group cabanas, outdoor kitchens, water fountains, a spa and a recreational pool with individual shaded nooks and lounges. The majority of the hardscape for the podium level is colored concrete ('Outback'), with some scored concrete in 'Cobblestone', 'Adobe' and light and dark grey colors. Black beach pebbles (1"-1.5") were laid in the dark gray concrete.

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