We don’t mean to brag (because we know the rest of the country is shivering through blizzards and bomb cyclones), but sometimes, we like to drive through the streets of L.A. with our windows down and think about how lucky we are to live here. In addition to the booming real estate market, there is so much exciting growth and development coming to our great city in 2018. Here are some of Canyonhaus’s top picks for things to love about L.A. this year.
The resurgence of Downtown’s architectural treasures: We are eagerly awaiting the restoration of some of DTLA’s jewels. The long-empty Herald Examiner building, designed by Julia Morgan, is being given new life as a mixed-use space. The neglected Bank of Italy Building, designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements in 1922, is being turned into a NoMad Hotel complete with a rooftop pool. And the exquisite Batchelder-tile Dutch Chocolate Shop should soon be open to the public.
LA gets sporty: We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not the biggest sports people on the planet, but we still think it’s pretty cool that soccer is coming home to our city. The Gensler-designed Banc of California Stadium will soon open as the home of the Los Angeles Football Club. The stadium is located in Exposition Park, which will also be used for the 2028 Olympics. And while it technically won’t be ready until 2020, we’re also excited for the grand unveiling of the Los Angeles Stadium in Hollywood Park. The stadium will serve as the home of the Rams and Chargers (and the 2022 Superbowl), and bring new energy to the already-booming Inglewood area. And not to jinx things, but we think there’s a pretty good chance the Dodgers will go all the way this year, too.
The grand re-opening of the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station: During World War II, the Harvey House restaurant just off of Union Station became a popular spot for soldiers en route to their posts. It closed in 1967, and in the 50 years since, the interior has only be accessible to a select few. After years of meticulous restoration, the restaurant will reopen this year as a gastropub–and we personally cannot wait to get our eyes on the space.
New movie-watching options. OK, so Los Angeles has no shortage of amazing movie theaters, but we hear that the incoming Alamo Drafthouse will be a dream come true for cinephiles. The Austin-based chain is scheduled to open its new outpost in the Art’s District’s “The Bloc” this year. With 12 screens to choose from, and a famous food and cocktail menu, we are sure there will be something here for everyone.
The Beverly Center finds new life. We know what you’re thinking: The Beverly Center is cool again? Was it ever cool? Well, thanks to a $500 million makeover, there’s hope! With inspiration from L.A.’s growing obsession with food halls, the new owners have peeled off the top of the mall to make way for a rooftop food court curated by chef Michael Mina. The space will include more than a dozen concept restaurants ranging from casual to fancy, and it’s also rumored to have some spectacular views. The new foodie destination will join the ranks of several others—including Eataly, Edin Hall, Platform 35, The Apiary, Grand Central Market, and more. Theres hope for the former big brown blob. We are willing to give it another shot…we will do anything for food!
What are you most excited for this year?
At Canyonhaus, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of all things L.A. We live here and we work here, and we would love to help you make it your own. If you have any real estate needs or questions, drop us a line today. We are always happy to hear from you.