The growth of Silicon Beach means relocating to Los Angeles, and especially the Westside, is hotter than ever. So if you’re about to move here (and good for you, if you are!), there are probably a few things you want to know. We’ve got a cheat sheet that will help you get acclimated and get the best out of living on the Westside.
You’ll never want to leave.
When relocating to Los Angeles, one thing becomes clear very quickly: The Westside might as well be its own state. Once you move here, you simply won’t want to be anywhere else. You can easily get to downtown L.A., the San Fernando Valley, and the South Bay, if you so choose. But Westsiders typically find themselves sticking closer to home, even when they’re not at work. With the beach, some of the best restaurants in the state, excellent shopping, and more special events, activities, recreational opportunities, and cultural experiences than you could ever imagine, people just don’t want to leave.
The apartments will be expensive.
Los Angeles-area rents are consistently among the highest in the nation, and three of the priciest are, “not surprisingly,” said Curbed, in the Westside cities of Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina del Rey. “The three beach communities have been contending for the No. 1 spot for a while, and Venice could make it soon if prices continue to rise in that area,” they said.
The luxury rental prices won’t be shocking when you’re relocating to Los Angeles from the Bay Area or New York City, two other places that perennially make the list of most expensive rentals in the country. But there’s good news for those who want to spend their money more wisely; new luxury condos on the Westside are priced comparably to many of the high-end apartments in Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey. And, they offer two important things apartments do not: The potential for equity growth and tax savings.
There will be traffic.
Traffic is a fact of life when you live anywhere in Los Angeles. You’re probably used to a commute if you’re moving from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, or the East Coast and relocating to Los Angeles. You probably also know the value to a great location, and so do those who head right for Westside cities like The Marina when looking for a new home in Los Angeles. Luxury homebuyers are increasingly choosing Marina del Rey for its great proximity to all of Greater L.A., the entire Westside, and especially to the hot tech shops of Silicon Beach.
Getting and staying fit will actually be fun.
Keeping up your active lifestyle when relocating to Los Angeles will be a breeze. You can choose to go to a gym, or you can take advantage of the Westside’s focus on the outdoors, with everything from YOGAqua to beach boot camp to trapeze school to cycling on the Marvin Broade Coastal Bike Trail to a host of watersports including kayaking, rowing, surfing, and paddling.
You’ll never lack for something great to do.
Moving from San Francisco and relocating to Los Angeles doesn’t mean giving up your favorite hotspots; it just means finding a few new ones. Marina del Rey condos for sale are close to the beach, nightlife, great shopping, and Abbott Kinney, which is ground zero right now for many of the Westside’s top restaurants. So, all you have to do is walk out your front door to find a great activity.
It’ll feel like it’s 10 degrees cooler than inland areas.
L.A. gets a lot of attention for its great year-round weather, but those who have spent time in more inland areas will tell you it can get toasty in the summer, much like living in San Jose or Manhattan. Studies like this one from UCLA professor Ivo Welch lay out the specifics of how much cooler it can be on the Westside—and the closer you get to the ocean, the better it is! All you have to do is experience those Pacific breezes to prove your own theory.
X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new homes for sale on the Westside with 15 uniquely designed floorplans offering up to 1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in Silicon Beach.
You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on sales and phase releases.
Westside home buyers love X67 Lofts. That’s the (not-so-surprising) takeaway from a successful Grand Opening that saw a packed house over the last few days—even with some uncharacteristic Southern California weather. Despite rain and even hail, the X67 Lofts model homes were toured, community amenities were explored, and new reservations were made as these Westside luxury condos for sale officially made their debut to an excited homebuying public.
“The number of visitors we had was impressive and steady throughout our Grand Opening, as the sales office, models, and common areas became the most popular spots on the Westside over the weekend,” said Patrice Quishenberry, Vice President of Sales for etco HOMES, builder of X67 Lofts. “The most common comments we heard from those looking to buy a new condo on the Westside were about the thoughtful design of the floorplans, the high-end features, and the community amenities that made them feel like they were inside a hotel. People also commented about how much they love the location in the heart of the Westside.”
It’s that ideal location that first attracted a number of X67 Lofts’ buyers to these new condos for sale. Neighboring Venice is one of the most expensive cities in Los Angeles, putting up a roadblock to those looking to buy a home on the Westside—unless they want to sink a fortune into a fixer-upper. Same goes for Santa Monica. And in both cities, plus Marina del Rey, luxury Westside apartments have some of the highest rental prices in the country, further compelling renters to put that same money into a home of their own.
X67 Lofts allows them to own a new condo while remaining within minutes of Silicon Beach tech shops like Snapchat, Facebook, and Google, and walking distance to some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops, plus the beach and waterfront activities.
Buyers looking for new condos for sale have also been enticed by all that these luxury Marina del Rey homes have to offer, whether they are currently renting a luxury apartment in Venice or Santa Monica and want similar high-end amenities, or didn’t know they could find a brand-new condo in L.A. within their budget. The smart alternative to luxury apartments on the Westside offers:
- Contemporary loft-style new condos for sale in Marina del Rey
- Open floorplans with up to1,906 square feet
- Gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan); KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances; Frameless European-style cabinetry; Caesarstone® countertops
- Spa baths with Caesarstone® countertops
- Designer-selected wood- and concrete-style flooring
- Private terraces and outdoor space
- Community amenities featuring a dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style pods; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community event room; a community fitness room; and an outdoor courtyard with BBQs and firepit
For more information, visit X67 Lofts. You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on phase releases and other important information about these luxury condos for sale in Marina del Rey.
It’s the moment Westside new home buyers have been waiting for: Their favorite new luxury condo community is now open to the public, with the X67 Lofts Grand Opening set for May 6–7. Not only can home shoppers now tour the three beautifully furnished models, but also experience the community’s resort-style amenities, including: a dipping pool with lounges; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community fitness room; and a community room for events and activities. X67 Lofts is now open daily from 10am–5pm and Wednesdays 1–5pm.
Buyers have been unable to resist the community’s combination of ideal location, modern, loft-style floorplans, and upscale features. X67 Lofts, the newest community from renowned builder etco HOMES, is already more than 50% sold and has become one of the hottest options for new luxury condos on the Westside.
“X67 Lofts has really captivated homebuyers with its ideal location in Marina del Rey,” said Patrice Quishenberry, Vice President of Sales for etco HOMES, builder of X67 Lofts. “Beyond the setting, they love the modern, open floorplans, the high-end features and finishes, and all the advantages of homeownership. Many of our buyers have been renting a luxury apartment in Venice, Santa Monica, or in The Marina and paying some of the highest rents in the country. Being able to continue their luxury lifestyle, with the addition of tax savings and the potential for home equity in their own place, is obviously very attractive. All indications are that X67 Lofts Grand Opening will be extremely successful.”
Ensconced in Marina del Rey and convenient to all of L.A., X67 Lofts is within a short stroll from some of the best Westside restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes. Ample nightlife, numerous waterfront activities, and the galleries, eateries, and festivals on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, one of L.A.’s most popular hotspots, are all walkable from the community. For those who work in Silicon Beach, the location couldn’t be more perfect. Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Venice, and West L.A. are mere minutes from X67 Lofts.
Open floorplans, upscale features
X67 Lofts presents contemporary, open-plan residences with up to two bedrooms plus den and two-and-one-half baths in up to 1,906 square feet of living space. The gourmet kitchens, with oversized center islands featuring an eating bar (per plan); high-end KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances; flat panel, European-style cabinetry with modern finishes; sleek, easy-care Caesarstone® countertops; and designer backsplash materials, are showpieces. They are also open to the living rooms, creating the kind of flow today’s buyers are looking for.
Additional features of these luxury homes in Marina del Rey include private outdoor space, wood- and concrete-style flooring, large bedrooms, and spa baths. Buyers are drawn to these loft-like floorplans and top-trending features, especially when the alternative is buying an older home in need of top-to-bottom renovations.
A better alternative to rent
X67 Lofts has proven to be the smart alternative to luxury apartments on the Westside for those who are looking to trade their pricey rental for the joy of homeownership and the potential of equity growth and tax savings without giving up high-end amenities or a perfect location. Especially with rents that continue to rise.
“Our national rent index has now increased in each of the past three months,” said Apartment List in their monthly report. “Last month, we saw a steep 1.0% jump in the index.” Santa Monica and Venice have been flip-flipping spots among the most expensive rental cities in the country list, with Marina del Rey also right there at the top.
Curbed, via a new report from Trulia, found that it’s 32.7 percent less expensive to buy in L.A. than rent. “It’s still cheaper to buy in Los Angeles in the long run,” they said. “The 32.7 percent savings figure provides enough of a cushion that buying would still be cheaper unless home prices jump 52 percent or mortgage rates increase to 7.4 percent (neither a likely possibility).”
Looking to buy a new home on the Westside? Be sure to come to the X67 Lofts Grand Opening May 6–7 to see these contemporary loft-style new homes for sale in Marina del Rey or call 310-424-3006 to speak to a sales professional. You can also virtually tour the models here: Plan 4R / Plan 5A / Plan 6, and add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on phase releases and other important information.
etco HOMES’ X67 Lofts has sold 50% of its new luxury Westside condos in Marina del Rey on the strength of its floorplans, features, resort-like amenities, and ideal location in the heart of the Westside. Photos of these spacious loft-inspired units and visits to the building in progress were more than enough for those buying a home in Los Angeles to know they had found their ideal spot. However, those who want to see more will be happy to know that X67 Lofts’ virtual tours are now online and the furnished models are complete and open for touring. Click on the individual residence to view the virtual tours of the Plan 4R, Plan 5A, and Plan 6 models, showcasing brand new luxury Westside condos in Marina del Rey with all the space and style Westside home buyers are looking for. As you’ll see from the models, no detail has been overlooked.
Plan 4R’s two-bedroom, two-bath home features a gourmet island kitchen that’s open to the living room, creating the ideal entertaining space. In the master bedroom, dual closets join a spa bath with soaking tub/shower combination and dual vanities. The additional bedroom is a spacious haven with its own en-suite bath featuring a large walk-in shower. A large balcony spans the width of the unit, providing that all-important outdoor space.
At 1,205 square feet, X67 Lofts’ Plan 5A presents a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath Marina del Rey condo with an open layout and a massive deck that adds generously to the living space. The residence’s sleek chef’s kitchen opens onto the gorgeous living space, with more than enough room for a dining table and ample seating area. The master suite could double as a luxury hotel suite, with a stunning master bath and the addition of a spacious walk-in closet. The second bedroom is another welcoming space with its own walk-in closet.
The two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,072-square-foot Plan 6 offers an ideal layout with a chic and functional island kitchen featuring high-end finishes and easy flow into the living area, which opens directly onto a deck with room for an outdoor sitting area. Luxury abounds in the master suite, with an additional private deck, a large master bath with spa bath and shower combination, dual vanities, and two large closets. The second bedroom makes a great guest space, home office, or roommate haven.
The smart alternative to luxury apartments on the Westside
Living on the Westside does not have to mean staying in a luxury apartment in Venice, Santa Monica, or Marina del Rey forever. Nor does it mean buying a fixer-upper and sinking your savings into fixing it up. New communities like X67 Lofts offer the generous space, incomparable style, and high-end features and resort amenities buyers are looking for, with prices that are comparable to many of the Westside luxury apartments.
For more information, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new luxury Westside condos for sale with uniquely designed floorplans with up to 1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. X67 Lofts’ amenities include: A dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style pods; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community event room; a community fitness room; and an outdoor courtyard with BBQs and firepit. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and to trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach tech shops.
Furnished models are now open for tours. You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on phase releases and other important information.
Enjoying the beautiful spring weather? It’s a great time to explore the Westside, with stunning sights and an array of special events in Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey. Here are all the activities and Westside events that will make you want to mark your calendar and then get out and enjoy the area.
Gallery at Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, April 1, 9am–4pm
This rotating exhibition program features local artists, artist groups, photographers, and curators and is a great place to discover someone new or celebrate an established favorite.
Artists & Fleas on Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, April 1, 11am–5pm
This is the second location for this popular “artist, designer, and vintage market” held in Venice at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School.
Weekend Concerts at Fisherman’s Village, Marina del Rey, April 1and every Saturday and Sunday through summer, 2pm–5pm
Verdi Requiem Concert, Santa Monica, April 1, 7:30–10:30pm
A different kind of live concert, this is one of the Westside events that offer the unique opportunity to “behold Verdi’s transcendent masterwork of majestic orchestral and choral proportions in a FREE Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Concert.”
Weekend Brunch Cruises, Marina del Rey, April 1 and every Saturday and Sunday, 11am–2pm
There may be no better way to luxuriate in Westside living than from the deck of a Hornblower cruise for brunch, offered every Saturday and Sunday. Prefer a different time of day? Take a Sunset Cocktail Cruise starting in June.
Santa Monica Airport Antique Market , April 2 and every first and fourth Sunday of the month, Santa Monica
If you’re a fan of flea markets, you probably already know about the Santa Monica Airport Antique Market. Voted one of the best in the country, it attracts interior designers, collectors, and boutique owners looking for furniture, antiques, art, vintage items, jewelry, and rugs. And, it’s dog-friendly!
Odd Market at Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, April 2, May 6, 5pm
This is another of the numerous antique and flea markets on the Westside, and is perfect for those looking for something a little different—or who just want to spend a few fun hours on the Santa Monica Pier. It includes 75 pop-ups including vintage items, hand-made wares, art, music, and food trucks.
Food Truck Bazaar at California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, April 4 and every Tuesday, 9:30pm
Gourmet food trucks with a rotating schedule every Tuesday night sounds good to us! “Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the Museum lawn, or wander over to The Victorian where you can sit on the patio or hang out in the bar.” Find out what trucks will be featured each week here.
Beach Eats, Marina del Rey, May 4 and every Thursday through September, 5–9pm
If you just can’t get enough of gourmet food truck fare, make sure to come to Marina del Rey’s Mother’s Beach every Thursday for Beach Eats, featuring a variety of great food in a favorite seaside setting just a few minutes’ walk from X67 Lofts, new luxury townhomes in Marina del Rey.
First Fridays, Venice, May 5 and every first Friday of the month, 6–10pm
First Friday are favorite Westside events in Venice that set up right in one of the Westside’s prime hotspots, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. “Every first Friday of the month, Abbot Kinney Blvd transforms into a late-night hub of activity, with stores open late, a delicious array of food trucks and live music and entertainment filling the streets.” Not only can you get a taste for what Westside living is like, but you can also find a great gift, piece of art, or a tasty meal from one of the 40 “A-list trucks” that are are invited to be part of the monthly event.
California Yacht Club’s Sunset Sailing Series Regatta, Marina del Rey, April 19, 6–8pm
Favorite Westside events also include this annual sailing series, a pleasure to watch and can be enjoyed throughout The Marina. For the best viewing, head to Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village, or take one of Hornblower’s Sunset Cocktail Cruises, “which are timed to watch the regattas.”
Spring Fling 2017, Santa Monica, April 22, 11am–4pm
Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts their annual Spring Fling event, celebrating art with 25 gallery exhibitions, live music, and local vendors.
Silicon Beach Film Festival, Los Angeles, April 22–28, Noon
Westside events include this second-annual festival. Held at Howard Hughes Cinemark 18, it’s a week-long celebration of films with back-to-back movies for 12 hours each day.
Cinema at the Edge, Santa Monica, April 27–30, All Day
This L.A. film festival held at Edgemar Center for the Arts includes” four days of screenings, parties, and artist programs that celebrate independent filmmaking.”
Wanderlust 108, Santa Monica Pier, April 29, 7:30am–3:30pm
Described as “the World’s Only Mindful Triathlon,” this event includes a 5K run/walk, outdoor yoga, and a “guided meditation,” plus healthy food for purchase, a live DJ, and craft vendors.
Eat|See|Hear, Santa Monica, May 20, 5:30–11pm
Billed as “L.A.’s Premier Outdoor Movie, Food Truck and Live Music Event Series,” this event takes place from May through September at different So Cal locations. The Grand Budapest Hotel plays on May 20 at the Santa Monica High School Amphitheater.
The Infatuation Presents: EEEEEATSCON, Santa Monica, May 20
They started out in 2009 as “two guys who wanted to help their friends find not only great restaurants, but the right restaurant to suit their needs on a particular evening,” and The Infatuation continues to serve that need. Now, they’re launching their own food festival, EEEEEATSCON, at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. Participating restaurants include Chi Spacca, Eataly, Jon & Vinny’s, and Shake Shack.
Venice Spring Fling 7, Venice, May 20, 11am–7:30pm
Westside events include music, art, literature, and film are on display at this free annual shindig in Venice at Windward Plaza.
Killer Rides Car Show Series, Marina del Rey, May 28, 10am–1pm
Favorite Marina del Rey restaurant Killer Shrimp presents their annual summer car show series with classic cars, hot rods, exotic automobiles, and motorcycles showing off in the parking lot (but don’t forget to come in for their Killer Shrimp, Crab, & Lobster).
Kahanamoku Klassic Marina del Rey, Marina del Rey, June 3, All day
This annual canoe event at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey is put on by the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association, and is fun to watch (and a great opportunity to enjoy the Marina del Rey scenery), even if you aren’t participating.
Looking to buy a new home on the Westside? For more information, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new homes for sale in Marina del Rey with 15 uniquely designed floorplans ranging from 759–1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. X67 Lofts’ amenities include: A dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style pods; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community event room; a community fitness room; and an outdoor courtyard with BBQs and firepit. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and to trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach tech shops.
Furnished models are now open for tours, by appointment only. Email email@example.com for an appointment. You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on phase releases and other important information.
Everyone has heard a moving horror story. If you’ve managed to avoid one yourself, consider yourself lucky, and heed a few tips to make sure you protect yourself—and your valuables—when you move to a new home on the Westside.
Do your research
Researching movers should be high on your list of things to do when you first start to think about moving to a new home on the Westside. The best and most highly recommended movers often book up quickly, and you don’t want to end up delaying your move in, having to settle for a questionable company, or, even worse, doing it yourself!
If you’re not sure where to look for a trustworthy mover on the Westside, here’s one of the top moving tips: start with your real estate agent, said MSN. New-home agents “know the ins and outs of the housing industry and are the most reliable sources. They want to make sure that your (moving) transaction is a good one.”
You can also check Yelp or Angie’s List and put out the call to friends, family, and colleagues for recommended L.A. movers. But, no matter where your referral comes from, be sure to do further research on sites including: The Better Business Bureau (BBB), the American Moving and Storage Association, MovingScam.com, and Rip-off Report.
You’re looking to make sure the mover is licensed, if any complaints have been filed, and if there are any other red flags. The BBB’s website has reviews of more than 20,000 moving companies that includes customer complaints and overall BBB ratings. Protect Your Move also has great resources including information about whether a mover’s license is current and if there have ever been any federal complaints against them.
Get multiple quotes
Going with the first company you talk to may work if they have a stellar reputation and come highly recommended by people you trust. But getting more than one quote and making sure it’s based on your specific circumstances, not assumptions and estimates, is one of the top moving tips that can help identify the right resource when moving to a new home on the Westside. “Get quotes from at least three moving companies, and make sure they do in-home assessments so your quote is as accurate as possible,” said HGTV.
Watch out for the lowball bid
Those horror stories about mover fraud make for good cautionary tales. The best way to avoid one is to be wary of bids that are considerably lower than others.
“Massachusetts officials sued one moving company and New Jersey officials sued two for providing low-ball estimates and then grossly inflating fees after loading the trucks,” said Consumer Reports. “One of the companies had threatened to auction the possessions of customers who didn’t pay.”
Take out insurance
Since making a smart move is all about protecting yourself, it makes sense to look into insurance. “In the same way that you get health insurance coverage to safeguard your personal health, this is where moving insurance can help you sleep at night until everything is safely delivered and in its proper place,” said Moving.com. “Accidents happen even to the most careful of people or moving companies.”
The Better Business Bureau recommends full value protection as one of the top moving tips, which covers you if something should happen on you move to a new home on the Westside. “It may cost a few dollars more up front, but it can eliminate headaches after your move,” they said. “Purchasing full (replacement) value protection from your mover means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made to repair the item or to replace it at its current market value, regardless of age.”
For more information about buying a new home on the Westside, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new homes for sale in Marina del Rey with uniquely designed floorplans ranging from 759–1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. X67 Lofts’ amenities include: A dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style pods; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community event room; a community fitness room; and an outdoor courtyard with BBQs and firepit. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and to trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach tech shops.
You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on phase releases and other important information.
When you’re buying a home on the Westside, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the most important is whether to go with brand-new new or something older. In many areas, the decision to buy an older home is price motivated, even if it fails to account for all the additional costs that will undoubtedly be needed down the line. New luxury condos in Marina del Rey and other area cities have made it possible to own a new home on the Westside today. Not sure of the advantages? We’ll break them down for you.
Lower ceilings, tiny, claustrophobic kitchens with insufficient counter space and outdated appliances, and choppy floorplans that don’t “live” like we do today. That’s what you’re likely to find in an older home in need of renovation. If you’re looking for open floorplans, a gourmet kitchen, and a spa-like bath, you’re going to want to look at a new home on the Westside. Offerings like X67 Lofts in Marina del Rey have been designed to accommodate modern lifestyles, so instead of taking on a massive, expensive renovation to try to get your old home to today’s standards, you can just move right in and start enjoying it.
Can you find a deal on an older home in need of major work? You may. But are you really up for all the work that will need to be done and the expense of getting the home to your expectations? According to HomeAdvisor, “A major kitchen remodel in L.A. has an average cost of slightly more than $60,000. If you’re looking at a very high-end bathroom remodel, prices can easily go as high as $43,000,” although those numbers can climb much higher on the Westside.
So now you’ve just spent a hundred grand and you’ve got two great new rooms, but what about the rest of the house? You need new flooring, right? And those popcorn ceilings have to go. The backyard needs a ton of work, and don’t forget about the other bathrooms. And that’s just cosmetic. We all know what happens when you start knocking down walls, which leads us to our next reason to buy a new home on the Westside…
An older home is a mystery. Building practices change over time, and while homes on the Westside typically represent a commitment to construction quality, it’s hard to know everything that has taken place over the history of the home. Was it built correctly in the first place? Does it have lots of surprises behind the walls or under the floors? Is everything up to current code requirements?
Depending on the age of the home, you can probably assume some changes have been made over time, even of the home’s floorplan and décor doesn’t reflect them. Who did the renovations and repairs over the years? Were those people qualified? Were the changes permitted? Are there any hidden dangers? When something goes wrong and you have to completely redo your electric or your roof (or both!) and then replace the brand-new floors you just put in because of a massive leak caused by timeworn plumbing, you’re talking about thousands and thousands of dollars, not to mention a huge hassle. The peace of mind that comes with buying a new home on the Westside cannot be overstated.
Outdated design choices
An older home may be in good shape, but do the design choices reflect your taste? Are they even from this decade (or century)? Modern finishes are a hallmark of new homes, so you can spend your time enjoying your new place, exploring your new Westside neighborhood and the shops, restaurants, and nightlife within walking distance of home instead of poring over countless flooring and countertop options.
A home that was built even a decade ago may be far less energy efficient than a new home. Everything from construction products and processes to appliances to heating and air conditioning have become more energy efficient over the years. Today’s homes are friendlier to the Earth—LED lighting, low-E dual-glazed window and sliding glass doors, and energy-efficient appliances are just a few of the energy-efficient features at X67 Lofts, as an example—and they can also help save you money alongside the natural resources.
The old saying goes that there are no guarantees in life, but there are in new homes. Manufacturer warranties can provide coverage for up to 10 years, so if a dishwasher is failing to get hot or a window is not closing properly, homeowners have the confidence of knowing they can invoke their product warranty to get it fixed.
Want to learn more? For additional information about buying a luxury condo in Marina del Rey, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts offers contemporary loft-style new homes for sale on the Westside with uniquely designed floorplans ranging from 759–1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. X67 Lofts’ amenities include: A dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style pods; a Residential Services Attendant seven days a week; a community event room; a community fitness room; and an outdoor courtyard with BBQs and firepit. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and to trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach tech shops.
The Westside is filled with great places to get—and stay—fit in a somewhat traditional atmosphere, with numerous gyms and fitness centers like Equinox, The Studio, Sweat City Fitness, and the Marina Athletic Club. But, it makes sense that the area would offer so many fitness options on the Westside that also involve the beautiful scenery and great year-round weather, recent rains notwithstanding. Looking to ride your bike, spend some time on the sand, or learn some circus skills? It’s all possible when you live on the Westside.
Looking for a yoga class in Santa Monica, Venice, or the Marina? You’ll find numerous options here. One of our favorite things about yoga on the Westside is that you can do it by land or by sea. The Yoga Bunny runs a free class on Saturdays right on the beach in Marina del Rey. The popular Westside yoga class has been written up by the L.A. Times.
If you’d rather be IN the water, there’s YOGAqua, a 90-minute class that’s held on a paddleboard in the Marina. The class is for all levels and focuses on a Vinyasa Yoga flow.
For an incredibly challenging workout that offers a little something different, head south to the Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, described as a “brutal” run up six stories of beach sand (The steep run down is no joke either; it’ll test your balance, and your glutes, so you may want to go easy at first.) Don’t be surprised if you run into a pro volleyball player or another professional athlete looking after their own fitness levels.
The stairs at 4th Street and Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica are no secret. They’re one of the most popular fitness options on the Westside, and they can get so busy you do more waiting than climbing. Coming in the middle of the day cuts down on the crowd factor. Or, you can head to Pacific Palisades to climb the 518 stairs on Castellammare or one of these other stair-climbing spots in L.A.
This paved bike path in Marina del Rey that travels mostly along the water for 21 miles is a great place for fitness options on the Westside while you also take in the sights and enjoy some ocean breezes.
Or (and?), you can join this Westside cycling club that meets weekly in Marina del Rey for Sunday jaunts all over Southern California, plus some out-of-town rides.
Want to learn how to kayak, row, surf, paddle, or windsurf? You can take classes in each of these at UCLA’s Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey.
There’s regular old boot camp, and then there’s Big Mike’s Boot Camp, a year-round fitness training program on the beach in Santa Monica. Details Magazine tapped it as one of the best “new school” boot camps, and GQ called it the “ultimate beach workout” to build the perfect beach body. Burpees on the sand with a view of the sunset? Yes, please!
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and burn up to 400 calories an hour while you’re at it. Trapeze and Silks are just a few of the classes taught at the L.A. Trapeze School on the Santa Monica Pier, one of the most unique fitness options on the Westside.
For more information about moving to Marina del Rey or buying a new Westside condo, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts features 67 contemporary loft-style new homes on the Westside with 15 uniquely designed floorplans and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands with eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops.
Resort-style amenities at X67 Lofts include a dipping pool with cabana-style seating, a residential Concierge Attendant seven days a week, a fitness room, and a community room.
You can also add your name to the interest list here.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate love than on the Westside. Whether you already live in Marina del Rey and you’re looking for the perfect place to propose or want great date night ideas in Santa Monica or Venice throughout the year, the Westside is chock full of great places to explore.
A sultry sunset, drinks by the firepit, and a delicious Valentine’s Day menu—what could be better than an evening at Salt? How about waking up to an ocean view after a night at the Marina del Rey Hotel, where special romance packages include chocolate, champagne, and late checkout. Talk about making a favorite Marina del Rey hotspot even better!
If you want an upscale dining experience in an alluring atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Melisse in Santa Monica. “If romance for you means Michelin-star caliber food, truffles, and a 10-course tasting menu, your best LA bet is Melisse,” said Thrillist. “It’s one of the few refreshingly refined restaurants in town where a suit and even a tie (!!) are appropriate. A Champagne cart arrives table-side upon your being seated, setting the tone for a very different LA dining experience. If you’re at Melisse, you may as well go all out and indulge on one of the wine-paired tasting menus. Sure, it’s slightly snobby (and very expensive), but that’s part of the fun.”
If you’re planning a proposal for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, Thrillist recommends Little Door in Santa Monica. But if you’re just looking for a night of romance on the Westside without a ring involved…you may want to go elsewhere, they said. “Since its opening in September 2014, The Little Door Santa Monica has followed in the footsteps of its Mid-Wilshire sibling, becoming THE new hot Westside proposal spot. That’s because, like its forbear, this newbie is rustically charming and oozes intimacy. The only problem is that it’s hard to enjoy if you’re NOT popping the question: your date will, unquestionably, think you are. So, be ready to deal with that probably.”
This upscale Westside hotel oozes romance all year long, especially with features like the rose petal turn-down service. On Valentine’s Day, a special prix fixe menu at Cast & Plow includes three delectable courses.
A true gem in Venice, the restored craftsman-style inn was built in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All of the rooms are quaint and charming, but try for one of the Super Deluxe Suites to turn the romance up further. “The more extravagant suites offer an ocean view, a fireplace, a patio or a private entrance,” said Timeout.
Waking up to an ocean view is always sexy, and this landmark hotel in Santa Monica is one of the few that’s right on the sand. Reserve a room with a view (obviously!) and take advantage of the special Valentine’s Day menu at Catch and special spa packages for couples.
Looking for some Valentine’s Day fun on the Westside that’s a little different? “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Watson Adventures Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt for nudity at the Getty Center,” said Go Los Angeles. This special activity, going on February 11–12, is not as spicy as you’re thinking; you’ll be fully clothed, but searching for “secrets hidden in works of art involving nudity while tackling witty, tricky questions.”
The Food Network recently lauded this Westside ocean-view restaurant as one of the best in L.A. “Café del Rey matches its surroundings with a nautical feel that pairs well with the California fare that’s available for brunch, lunch, and dinner.” The Marina del Rey eatery is also featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu.
This secret garden is located on the UCLA campus and offers a peaceful, scenic setting in the heart of the city. Stroll along the grounds enjoying the ferns, flowers, and cacti, or have a picnic lunch while watching the koi and turtles.
If you live on the Westside, the idea of hitting the pier with a bunch of tourists may not seem so inviting. But there’s something inherently romantic about riding the Ferris wheel together, trying your hand at carnival games to win a giant stuffed bear, and then sharing a couple of corn dogs. If you’d rather opt for some fine dining at the end of your day of fun, The Lobster offers upscale yumminess right there on the pier.
You can have a view of the water, you can be near the water, but perhaps no place offers the level of romance that actually being on the water provides. Romance on the Westside includes an array of choices that don’t involve sand in your shoes. Take a Hornblower Dinner Cruise in Marina del Rey, or go Old Plank Sailing with Captain Mancini for a sunset dinner cruise or moonlit sail. Or, perhaps the most romantic option of all: take a sunset gondola tour with Gondolas d’Amore.
It’s not all about the beach, right? Head east about 10 minutes from Marina del Rey to The Corner Door, “an excellent choice for Westside love birds,” said Eater. They’ve earmarked the restaurant for its “solid renditions of American gastropub fare…and cocktails that would set anyone’s nerves at ease.”
For more information about moving to Marina del Rey or owning a new condo near the beach, visit X67 Lofts. X67 Lofts features 67 contemporary new loft-style homes on the Westside with 15 uniquely designed floorplans and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands with eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops.
Resort-style amenities at X67 Lofts include a dipping pool with cabana-style lounges, a Residential Concierge Attendant seven days a week, a fitness room, and a community room.
You can also add your name to the interest list here.
Ready to make a move? If you live on the Westside and are considering purchasing a home, you may think you need to look elsewhere. After all, buying a home on the Westside is out of the question, what with the exorbitant prices and outdated interiors, right? Plus, if you do manage to find a place, it’ll probably be less than stylish and in a super inconvenient location and won’t have any of the features you want. Maybe you should just stay put in your expensive Westside apartment, after all.
Or maybe not. Think you know all the reasons why buying a home on the Westside isn’t for you? Let us debunk a few myths.
1. It’s too expensive
The reality is that buying a home on the Westside can be less expensive than many people think, and, in many cases, may be less than what they are currently paying in rent. New communities like X67 Lofts in Marina del Rey offer brand-new Westside condos for sale with prices that will make you rethink that whole renting thing.
Rents continue to rise across the country; currently, there are only two metro areas where renting is cheaper than buying for people aged 25 to 34, recent data from real-estate website Trulia found, said MarketWatch—notoriously expensive Honolulu and Silicon Valley city San Jose. “Buying is a no-brainer in 98 of 100 metro areas.”
In Los Angeles, those numbers are even more skewed toward buyers. According to Curbed, it’s 32.7 percent less expensive to own in L.A. versus renting. “The 32.7 percent savings figure provides enough of a cushion that buying would still be cheaper unless home prices jump 52 percent or mortgage rates increase to 7.4 percent (neither a likely possibility),” they said.
2. I should wait to buy a home until I’m ready to move to the suburbs…right?
That all depends on what you’re looking for. Homebuyers in L.A. have a long history of moving “away,” whether that means going a little further inland or over the hill to the San Fernando or Santa Clarita valleys—in order to buy an affordable home. And moving to the suburbs remains a trend among millennials who are looking to settle down and are willing to trade coastal proximity and convenience for a patch of grass.
But, buying in urban areas remains popular with millennials who want to stay in the city and live close to all the restaurants, shops, and nightlife, not to mention have easy access to the beach and their jobs. This is especially true for those who work in Silicon Beach and want to be able to maintain an easy commute.
“Limited inventory in millennials’ price range, minimal entry-level condo construction and affordability pressures” have made it difficult to buy in the city for young households, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, noted in the latest NAR Generational Survey. But that doesn’t take into account the higher salaries in Silicon Beach, nor does it consider changing realities in some L.A. cities. Developers like ETCO Homes are listening, creating new Westside communities that combine great floorplans with chic style and desirable amenities in the best locations, with prices that make buying a luxury condo on the Westside a reality.
3. Renting is so much more financially beneficial
If you’re looking at the monthly payment of your luxury Westside apartment, you may be surprised how it compares to monthly payments for a luxury Westside condo—especially since Marina del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica continually have some of the most expensive rentals in the country. Now add in all the other stuff, like rental insurance, security deposits, moving costs, and rental increases, and maybe renting’s not so financially beneficial after all.
4. Anything I can afford is going to be ancient and devoid of amenities
Have you seen some of the luxury condo communities being built on the Westside? X67 Lofts has been designed for the needs of modern homeowners, so the floorplans are nice and open for entertaining, the features and finishes are luxe, each of the 67 condos includes private outdoor space—some with serene views of the mountains—and the luxury community amenities are like living in a resort, with: a Residential Concierge Attendant seven days a week; a dipping pool with lounges and cabana-style seating; a community fitness room with cardio equipment; and a community and entertainment room for activities and events.
5. Everything needs to be renovated
That may be true if you look at older homes on the Westside, especially those that are on the lower side of the pricing scale. It’s also why many homebuyers are opting for brand-new condos on the Westside instead.
6. I’m too young to buy my first place
Actually, millennial homebuyers are on the rise. Realtor.com reports that, “Next year, more than half of all homes will be bought by first-time home buyers. It’s a seismic shift from 2016. And here’s the kicker: Most of those newbies will be millennials. In sharp contrast with 2016, when only 33% of people planning to buy a home were first-time buyers, 52% of buyers with their eye on a home purchase next year will be first-timers. And 61% of those are under age 35.”
If you’re between the ages of 24 and 34 and working in Silicon Beach, you’re right in the homebuying sweet spot, and ripe to take advantage of the benefits of buying a luxury condo on the Westside.
7. But there are no real advantages to buying over renting
You mean little things like tax breaks and home equity? Homeownership is one of the best and easiest ways to lower your tax base and keep more of your money, with mortgage interest and property taxes just two of the associated tax write-offs. Add that to home values that are predicted to continue to rise in 2017, and you have yet another smart reason to make a move this year.
X67 Lofts offers 67 contemporary loft-style new homes for sale on the Westside with 15 uniquely designed floorplans ranging from 759–1,906 square feet and high-end features and finishes including gourmet kitchens with center islands and eating bar (per plan), KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances, frameless European-style cabinetry, and Caesarstone® countertops. The community is located within walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney, and to trendy shopping and dining opportunities, and in the perfect spot for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach shops.
You can also add your name to the interest list here to make sure you are kept up to date on sales and phase releases.