Desmond at Wilshire is Completed!

The residential jewel of the Miracle Mile, this upscale 175-unit project, inclusive of 50 live-work units, gives contemporary expression to the area’s Art Deco history.

The project occupies the southern half of the same Wilshire Boulevard site as the storied Desmond’s Department Store Tower, built in 1929, which represents the golden age of the neighborhood. A central urban plaza carved out by the project serves the critical function of unifying an area previously deficient in public open space.

Drawing from the strategies of the Art Deco movement and emulating its Moderne style, the residential project utilizes modern materials, simple geometries and building elements as ornament. An engaging, bold curve draws the user into the leasing lobby, while other building facades feature playful rhythms and unexpected angles.   The wide array of luxury living experiences, including flats, lofts, unique top-level double height penthouses with private roof decks, and ground level live-work studios, all maximize view opportunities.  The building further enhances the livability of the district with a series of forecourts into ground-level live-work units.  These interstitial spaces at once soften and activate the streetscape.

Designer amenities surround the south-facing podium-level pool deck, including an alfresco dining room and automated outdoor movie screen. A common rooftop terrace affords views of downtown LA, the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign, while a linear pet park on the south side of the project provides a buffering oasis.

Through historically sensitive and boldly visionary design, this project links past and present in an innovative solution.