Kudos Go to Creators of Chic, Urban Los Angeles Homes

Klein Financial built these cool new apartments in Los Angeles urban centers, and Dwell Media designed showcases to demonstrate just how good life in the city can be.

Photo courtesy of Klein Financial The new, downtown Met Lofts feature urban and contemporary one- and two-bedroom loft-style apartments with open-style kitchens and panoramic views of the downtown skyline. They're located just around the corner from the Staples Center and the L.A. Live Entertainment District.

Simultaneous celebrations and posh apartment design exhibits were held recently as the Los Angeles City Council issued a proclamation honoring urban magazine Dwell and the Klein Financial Group development company for helping class up some of the city’s urban centers by providing elegant housing alternatives for locals.

The Los Angeles City Council sited both organizations for being “essential leaders of the restoration and enhancement of Los Angeles’ urban centers as desirable residential communities.”

The Klein Financial Group is currently putting the finishing touches on about 1,200 residential units in central Hollywood, downtown near Staples Center, and at Wilshire and Vermont in Korea Town. The company’s investment in these projects totals more than $30 million.

A proportion of these apartments are reserved for affordable housing tenants, but all of them have chic and savvy design. Until recently, these neighborhoods have been a bit rundown, and not known as the coolest or the safest places to live. But the combined efforts of the city and developers like Klein are changing that with their attempts to make living in the city more attractive.

To show these efforts in their best light, Dwell Media, a long-time champion of the re-urbanization of the nation’s cities, organized eight showcase Dwell Labs in Klein’s downtown Met Lofts and Hollywood 1600 Vine complexes. They asked ASID designers to conceive high-style units, giving residents a great idea of what they can do with their space. They’re described as “the new look in urban living.”

From studios with cleverly updated Murphy beds to spacious three-bedroom loft apartments that celebrities and professional athletes have inhabited, the Dwell designers showed just how fabulous urban living can be.

Going a step beyond building well-designed urban living spaces, company president Robert (Bob) Klein is known for using the proceeds to improve the community. He co-wrote and championed California’s successful Proposition 71, which supports stem cell research.

The Klein Financial Corp. also supports local and national organizations such as L.A.’s non-profit Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer, and donated the highest billboard space at 1600 Vine to help promote the telethon fundraiser that ran on networks nationwide and in 170 countries.

To top that off (literally), Klein is redoing two of the highest floors at 1600 Vine to be used for charity functions and events. There will be a large boardroom for meetings, and a spacious, open area and kitchen for fundraisers.

It seems they’re committed in all sorts of ways to improving life in Los Angeles and the city is very willing to show its appreciation.

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