Owning your own home is America’s unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home “owners” deduct mortgage interest payments.
Florence King, author
Traffic around southern California is always bad. If you happened to hit an open freeway consider yourself lucky. With that in mind, we decided to partake in the Downtown Living Open House this past weekend that displayed adaptive reuse conversions of historic office buildings into loft-style apartments and condos, to new-construction high-rise luxury condominiums and apartments. We had fantasies of no longer having to listen to morning traffic reports and having a Manhattan type of lifestyle, but it’s not to be.
We were sorely disappointed. There were 13 open house sites. Only an apartment complex had anything available to show similar to a model. The others thought it would be a thrill for people to go to the 17th floor or higher just to see the view and imagine the bare concrete floors completed.
Prices for these places started at $400 to $450 per square foot, which did not include parking or association fees. For 1,823-square-feet condo that requires sharing the floor with up to 12 other lofts/condos one will pay approximately $820,000.
This may change when the final product is completed, but we noticed that the windows in the bare floor example did not open. Who would want to live in a place without the option of fresh air? It would seem like living in an aquarium. These did not have balconies either. Also, we noticed from the floor plan brochure that all the bathrooms were lined up next to each other, so odds are good that you may hear your neighbor’s plumbing in a best case scenario and worse case hear them showering or being sick.
I found the event and the concept to be a huge bust and a waste of money for me. If the downtown Los Angeles’ revitalization project comes to pass, I will be very surprised. I guess I will just have to keep dealing with the traffic as best I can.