Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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The downtown also has a homeless problem. You may be paying $3,500 a month, but there's a fellow nearby on the sidewalk with a makeshift cardboard house who is not paying a penny. The vacancy rate elsewhere in L.A. is 4%, meaning you've got to scramble to find something appealing. When you're paying ocean proximity rent rates you expect some resort-like amenities and a variety of spaces. On the "podium" level of the Maxella Avenue units is a family-friendly circular "beach" area with lounge chairs. Residents can stretch out by the large pool, or dine in the grilling areas outfitted with kitchens and outdoor heaters. Granted, cold weather is an anomaly here, but there are those evenings when it's a "bit nippy." At this writing, Oct. 24, the temperature in L.A. is 104°, an all-time high for this day in L.A.—well, at least since 1877 when the city began keeping weather logs. Marina del Ray wasn't much cooler. It posted 100°. The complex also affords a variety of spaces for quiet sitting or communal gatherings. Lush plantings in the courtyards offer residents a calming respite from the urban environment. At street level, raised planters serve as water runoff infiltration planters and planted medians create a pleasant pedestrian-friendly public space. In addition, there's a meadowlands southwest adjacent to the building complex, a park-like refuge for the residents and their canines. Above: The southern and western edge of the apartment complex is sandwiched between the Marina Expressway and busy Lincoln Boulevard. There is a meadow (top right) with a DG path on the south edge of the property, adjacent to the Marina Expressway. There's also a landscape strip (middle right) on the western edge along Lincoln Boulevard. These spaces are the only nature to buffer the hubbub of those two busy roadways. The meadow was hydroseeded with a native meadow mix, and four tree species planted: Calif. pepper, London plane, Australian willow and western redbud. Bottom Right: Tall Phoenix dactylifera date palms line both sides of the entrance driveway, lending an oasis vibe to the apartment complex. 62 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Smooth agave (Agave desmettiana) Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima) Sedge, orange colored (Carex testacae) Evergreen fountain grass (Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails') Calif. Sword fern (Polystichum munitum) Elephant plant (Portulacaria afra) Continued on page 76 Marina Expressway Lincoln Blvd. Maxella Ave Podium Level

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