There’s a brand new luxury multi-family apartment building, One Museum Square, now available for leasing in the Miracle Mile. Located on the former parking lot at 620 S. Curson Avenue, the 20-story building, clad in blue glass with cantilevered and inset balconies, offers 285 apartments — a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans. The building was designed with state-of-the-art amenities like a rooftop open-air deck, featuring a swimming pool, outdoor seating areas and fitness center, to set a new standard for apartment living in the historic and centrally located Miracle Mile.
One Museum Square is the latest project of developer J.H. Snyder Company. The name comes from the adjoining Museum Square complex, another J.H. Snyder property, currently home to the Screen Actors Guild, and is the headquarters for the company. Sadly, company owner and founder Jerry Snyder did not live to see the building completed. Mr. Snyder, a prominent figure in the local real estate industry, passed away in May of last year, at the age of 90. He was widely credited with shaping the LA skyline, according to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
This project started out as an office building, but Snyder changed the project to residential use. He was one of the first developers to pivot away from office construction, recognizing the demand for luxury apartment housing in the Miracle Mile area. Lon Snyder told the Buzz that his father’s favorite project was always “the next one.”
“Snyder helped make the Miracle Mile neighborhood a mainstay of entertainment businesses when he developed Wilshire Courtyard across the boulevard in 1987,” wrote the Times. “The 1-million-square-foot complex was designed with jagged edges that provided many corner offices and rooftop terraces, which proved appealing to industry tenants.”
Apartments range in size from 500 square feet to nearly 1,300 square feet, and rents are expected to range from $2,755 to $8,100 a month, depending on location within the building. All the “wet” appliances (dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc.) are Bosch, and all the “dry” appliances (stove, microwave, refrigerator) are Fisher Paykel. The cabinets, sinks and counter tops are imported from Italy, and were custom made for each unit. The units were designed for maximum efficiency and packing a lot of luxury amenities in each unit. Balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows made the apartments we visited very bright and appealing. The glass-only balconies offer an unobstructed view of the city at every level. And the earth tone color palette was a inspired by Mr. Snyder, who loved the design phase of construction, according to his son.
“We designed the units to be very competitive,” said Lon Snyder. He told us he is planning to live in the building and his company is also managing leasing the property, so tenants can easily find him or someone from his team.
Here are some photos from our visit, but there are many more on the One Museum Square website.
Is there really a DEMAND for luxury housing? These and many other developers are banking on it. I’m just not seeing it when rental prices are not quickly recovering from the pandemic lows.
I was curious to see inside. Thanks, Buzz!
Any chance you could find out why they need to illuminate the rooftop with the ring around it? Is that just a marketing feature, or something more permanent? It’s light blight, and I am surprised across from the park and Natural History Museum’s Tar Pits, since so environmentally conscious.
Priced competitively? $2755 for a 500 sq. ft. studio? Evidently the developers believe that there are plenty of people that making six figures demanding to pay that (figure 30% of income) for rent. Wow, salaries must have really gone up during the Pandemic! Where are units priced for low-income and senior citizens in this complex? Oh, whoops, no set-aside units for them.