Century City has never been LA’s brightest star. But that might be changing.
In the time since Candy Spelling paid $35,000,000 in 2010 for her two-floor penthouse at The Century – Los Angeles’ premium condo high-rise on four lush acres in the heart of Century City – prices in the luxury building have dramatically increased, and development and interest in Century City living have steadily been on the rise.
Will Century City’s current and upcoming remodeling projects revitalize the community and increase walkability – or simply increase density?
Could Century City Be the Next Grove?
Century City has a geographical location that is ideal in many ways:
- the community is located centrally between the Westside of LA and the eastern areas
- people like that the community is directly next to Beverly Hills and also close enough to the ocean to enjoy the improved air quality of sea breezes
- it’s also not so far west that one has to transverse the dreaded traffic gridlock of Wilshire at the 405 freeway.
The lack of walkability within Century City (and lack of architectural diversity) has previously given the community a bit of a sterile feel. Even so, there’s something about the vibe of Century City that has always been positive, and over the years the community has gradually become more appealing in the minds of Los Angeles residents.
The plan to dramatically improve the Century Plaza could make Century City even more walkable (much like The Grove shopping center revitalized the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles). The plan, reports LA Curbed, includes a “100,000-square-foot public plaza and two acres of open space, which could actually enliven the pedestrian experience in this section of the neighborhood.” If the plan is implemented, it will upgrade the entire surrounding areas of the hotel. This could be the game-changer the area has been waiting for. This new planned development might also include shopping, fitness, luxury condos, offices, and hotel rooms.
Additionally, the Westfield Century City Mall is currently having its $800-million remodel, and those plans also include a 15-story residential tower.
- What are your thoughts about the proposed new development?
- What are your impressions of Century City overall?
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