The Carlyle: Luxury Landmark on the Wilshire Corridor

The Wilshire Corridor is as close as it gets in L.A. to Manhattan’s best neighborhoods, and this building could be the fairest of them all.

Photo courtesy of The Carlyle The Carlyle's crescent-shaped entryway also sets it apart from many of the more angular buildings in the Wilshire Corridor. A fleet of valets are always on hand to park cars of residents and visitors alike.

People moving to Los Angeles from another major metropolis who want that upscale city vibe are immediately attracted to the West Side’s trendy Wilshire Corridor. It has the largest concentration of luxury high-rises in the area and a definite feeling of uptown chic.

Of course, some of those high-rises are definitely chicer than others, and at the top of that list is The Carlyle, where celebrities like Bruce Willis, Larry King and Candy Spelling have been reported to hang their hats at one time or another.

Developed by the Elad Group, the same people behind the Plaza Hotel redo in Manhattan, the stylish property has 78 two- to three-bedroom units, all with their own private elevator entry foyers, meaning you step out of the elevator on your floor and you’re home.

If three bedrooms just aren’t enough, there’s also a two-story, 5,716-square-foot penthouse on top. Live-in help can stay in one of the smaller 294- to 500-square-foot studio units on the lower floors, casually referred to as “nanny condos,” available to residents for houseguests or staff.

Among other top-tier amenities is the elegant, 40-bottle temperature-controlled wine storage unit that comes with each residence. The 24-hour, white-gloved doorman and concierge are ready, willing and able to accept deliveries and store them for you in your private locker at any time day or night.

Photo by Don Lewis An impressive, one-of-a-kind blown-glass ceiling sculpture designed by the renowned Dale Chihuly serves as the main centerpiece in the building’s grand lobby. 

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once the valet parks your car, you step into an elegant Fendi Casa-designed lobby with a Dale Chihuly ceiling sculpture, specifically commissioned for the The Carlyle Residences.

Continue on to extensive gardens featuring an outdoor grilling area with a fireside terrace, and a Fendi Casa-designed lounge and adjoining salon with a catering kitchen that can accommodate private events for up to 72 guests. They’re especially popular with residents on Thanksgiving, Christmas and high holidays.

Of course, there’s also an expansive fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from L.A. Fitness and a yoga/stretch area overlooking the all-season heated swimming pool, spa and terrace.

Recently The Agency, which just handled sales of the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, has taken over sales and marketing for The Carlyle Residences, and engaged the Bowery Design Group to create a new sales gallery and model residence, to give people an idea of just how posh life can be there.

“In addition to interest from overseas, many of our buyers are also locals looking to relocate from neighboring estates in Brentwood and Beverly Hills, and for some, this will be their first immersion into condo living,” says Samantha Sax, director of sales and marketing for Elad Group.

The new model residence will provide a visual standard of the sophisticated, luxury high-rise lifestyle offered at The Carlyle.

The model, like all Carlyle residences, features high-end Poggenpohl and Miele appointments with a centered kitchen island, polished Breccia Oniciata marble in the baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony, a 42-inch living room fireplace with a limestone hearth, giant walk-in closets and views as far as Catalina.

Who could resist? All you need is $2.25 million, the starting price for a two-bedroom unit. The three-bedroom condos start at $3.25 million for at least 3,535 square feet.

Those prices may sound a bit steep, but when you compare them to similar real estate in New York, Hong Kong or Dubai, they’re a real steal. 

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