If you’re in the market to buy a condo on the Westside, you may have noticed some vast differences between some of the new L.A. condos and older buildings, and also between luxury offerings in prime areas and…the rest. So what are the luxury new-home features to look for when buying on the Westside? Here are six top trends you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for.
Open plan kitchens
If you don’t have an open plan kitchen in your current place, you probably want one. This is one of the luxury new-home features buyers most want today because the kitchen layout is not just conducive to cooking, but also entertaining. A kitchen that is open to the living room creates an ideal flow from one space to another—great for throwing parties and also for day-to-day living. If you have an island with seating and pendant lighting overhead, even better!
After several years of growing popularity, Quartz has supplanted granite as the material of choice for today’s fashionable countertops. Not only are they sleek and modern, but they also wear easier than granite and many other materials.
“According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, manufactured quartz is now the leading countertop material — and with good reason,” said POPSUGAR. Namely: “Unlike high-maintenance granite and marble (they’re beautiful but fragile!), quartz is naturally stain repellent and impervious to acidic foods. It’s resistant to scratches and chips. Translation: you don’t have to worry about your countertops looking trashed from normal wear and tear. Quartz doesn’t require any sealing, whereas granite and marble require at least yearly treatments.”
Stainless steel appliances
When it comes to appliances, stainless steel is the trend with no end. Nothing else will do when it comes to luxury new-home features. For the best value, you’ll want a range with plenty of burners and a high-functioning microwave and dishwasher. Having a deep sink and modern fixtures can finish the space off nicely, giving you gourmet potential and a modern look to show off in your luxury Westside condo.
Perhaps the biggest trend of all when it comes to today’s most popular luxury condos in L.A.: hotel-style amenities. Builders and developers understand the importance of staying active, healthy, and social, and doing it close to home.
Curbed asked the question of what separates one luxury condo from another? “Once you get past the architecture, size, and price, it comes down one more thing: amenities,” they said. That’s proving true in L.A., where amenities like dipping pools, on-site gyms, community rooms, and even concierge-style services are helping to drive a luxury condo renaissance, led by projects like X67 Lofts in Marina del Rey.
The old saying about real estate—“Location, location, location”—still rings true today. Only now, it isn’t important just to be centrally located. Those who are looking to buy a luxury condo in L.A. also want to be within easy walking distance to local hotspots like restaurants, shops, and bars. If you’re a luxury condo on the Westside, the most desirable of all the luxury new-home features is being able to take a short walk to Abbot Kinney from home, and be within minutes of the beach.
Just because you’re living in the city doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little fresh air. A balcony or deck can help you extend your living space outdoors, give you a place to have coffee in the morning or relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day, and show some more of your decorating flair, with a cool seating area and some drought-tolerant succulents. And, as a bonus, an outdoor space can help bring natural light into the home, which can make your place look lighter and brighter—and maybe even make you feel a little lighter and brighter, too.
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 luxury new-home features 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 numerous area hotspots and in the perfect setting for those who work in the hot Silicon Beach shops.
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