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The Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in DTLA

Whether you’re prepared or not, it’s here – the holidays. Bells will be rung, halls will be decked and, most importantly, credit cards will be swiped. If your blood pressure rose after reading that, you need think about taking some time out for yourself. Fortunately, when it’s the holidays in DTLA, there are plenty of ways to just unwind and have some fun. And, the best part – you don’t have to lift a finger to figure out a game plan. We have a list of events all wrapped up in a neat little bow below!

Pershing Square Holiday Ice Rink

Pershing Square outdoor ice rink

*image from Pershing Square’s Facebook

What better way to feel the holiday spirit than to do some ice skating? To the delight of DTLA-ers young and old, the Pershing Square outdoor ice rink is officially open. Until January 15, you and the family can enjoy tons of activities against the backdrop of the beautiful DTLA skyline. Events include DJ nights, themed parties, and even curling lessons. For many Angelenos, it’s not the holidays in DTLA without the Pershing Square Holiday Ice rink.

Holly Jolly Day at L.A. Live

Holly Jolly Day at L.A. Live

*image from We Like LA

L.A. Live is right around the corner from WREN’s DTLA apartments so we’re all super stoked about Holly Jolly Day. On December 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Mixing Room of the JW Marriott is transformed into a holiday wonderland. So, why all the excitement? Check out what $20 ($12 for kids) includes:

  • Access to the L.A. Live skating rink
  • A life-sized gingerbread house
  • Cupcake decorating station
  • Hot chocolate and chocolate fondue
  • Spiked hot chocolate and cocktails (not for the kids)
  • Photos with Santa

57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

57th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

*image from We Like LA

A staple of the holidays in DTLA, this Christmas Eve event doubles as a celebration of both the holiday season and diversity. More than 20 acts from L.A. and beyond will be converging on Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to share the gifts of music and dance. The L.A. County Holiday Celebration is completely free and will feature everything from ballet companies and handbells to choirs and a swing band.

Holiday Boat Parades

Holiday Boat Parades celebrate holidays in DTLA

*image from Trip Savvy

The holiday boat parades are truly indicative of an L.A. way of life. Every year, DTLA-ers are encouraged to leave the house and relish the outdoors. Ships adorned with bright lights and ornaments will be floating in marinas and beaches all over Southern California. Nights and times vary as do the viewing spots, so make sure to check websites for details.

Tree Lightings That Kick Off the Holidays in DTLA

Tree Lightings That Kick Off the Holidays in DTLA

*Image from Trip Savvy

Would you like to experience the joy of kicking off the holiday season again and again? You’re in luck! A myriad of plazas and shopping malls all over Los Angeles will be hosting grand tree lighting ceremonies. Accompanying activities vary, but typical celebrations include music, DJs, food, and Santa Claus.

L.A. Zoo Lights

L.A. Zoo Lights

*image from Trip Savvy

From November 17 to January 7, the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park will be filled with magnificent light displays. A seemingly endless number of lasers, 3-D projections, and LED lights, some of which are interactive, will impressively line trees and paths all over the Zoo. This is truly one of the best ways to appreciate the holidays in DTLA! In addition to the self-guided tours, there will also be train rides, water shows and, of course, animals. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15 if you purchase them online.

Reindeer Romp at the L.A. Zoo

Reindeer Romp at the L.A. Zoo

*image from LA Zoo

Reindeer Romp is an excellent choice if you have little ones to entertain. During the same period as Zoo Lights, Santa’s reindeer will be visiting the L.A. Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The whole fam can meet the reindeers, learn interesting facts, take a holiday photo, and even participate in a make-your-own-antlers craft activity. Tickets are separate from the Zoo Lights event and cost $16 to $21.

Now it’s time for you to have some fun! The holidays in DTLA are always a blast, and this year will be no exception.

At WREN, we have your back when it comes to all things DTLA, and we’re not just talking about staying informed on the latest LA happenings.

Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of South Park, WREN features meticulous designs meant to facilitate a balanced lifestyle. We deliberately chose amenities that would enhance how residents experience apartment living, whether it is while they are relaxing, working, socializing, or exercising the body and mind. And, our apartment homes maximize space while creating a contemporary and inviting atmosphere – the perfect space to retreat to at the end of the day.

Drop us a line if you would like more info on our DTLA apartments!

Great Nightlife Spots in South Park, LA

When it comes to nightlife, DTLA-ers know how to do it right! In true Los Angeles fashion, downtown bars and clubs are diverse, vibrant, and just plain cool. Thanks to an incredible downtown renaissance, neighborhoods like  South Park, LA have become a beacon for fun and entertainment. Since WREN is one of the few DTLA apartments that are in the middle of all the excitement, we’re here to help with some suggestions for living it up in LA when the sun goes down!  

1. Upstairs at Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel WREN Apartments South Park LA

*Image from Ace Hotel Upstairs’ Website

Tasty snacks and delicious craft cocktails are made even better at Upstairs, the Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar. How? You sip and munch while enjoying city skyline views, a rooftop pool, and epic fun like live music, DJs, and book release parties. This is a favorite of WREN apartments residents since it’s just a few blocks away from South Park Apartments.

2. Hyde Lounge

Hyde Lounge Near DTLA apartments

*Image from Hyde Lounge’s Facebook Page  

There is no better way to take in an LA game or a show!  We should know – Hyde Lounge is in the STAPLES Center, which is less than a mile from our DTLA apartments. With Hyde Lounge, you have access to three bars, comfy seating, dance hall and spectacular views right onto the STAPLES Center floor.

3. Nest at WP24 

The Nest WP24 DTLA Apartments

Incredible food, amazing drinks, and awe-inspiring views; that’s what you get when you head up to the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton to the Nest at WP24, the brainchild of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Here, you the contemporary chinese cuisine that Puck is famous for, in a setting that embodies the glamour and sophistication of DTLA.

4. NIXO Patio Lounge

Luxe City Lounge in South Park LA

*Image from Luxe City Center Hotel’s Facebook

Located on the second floor the Luxe City Center Hotel, Nixo Patio Lounge serves up a wide variety of signature drinks, wines, beers, and food from a diverse menu. Whatever you choose to order, it will go really well with the posh ambiance and cool views of DTLA’s amazing architecture.  

5. Perch LA

PERCHLA near DTLA apartments

*Image from Perch LA’s Facebook Page

Our residents don’t have to go very from their DTLA apartments for an awesome Parisian experience. The 16th floor of the nearby Pershing Square Building is home to Perch LA, a small bistro inspired by a classic French style. It’s both rustic and upscale, and it features French bites, cocktails, live jazz, and DJs.

6. Elevate Lounge at Takami Sushi 

Elevate Lounge near DTLA apartments South Park LA

*Image From Elevante Lounge’s Facebook Page

This view-friendly spot boasts scrumptious robata (skewered, slow-grilled food), high-quality sushi, and specialty drinks. And, you get to savor all of it from 21 floors above the Financial District, one of many cool neighborhoods that surround our DTLA apartments, in the Elevate Lounge, an incredibly sleek and stylish ultra-lounge that perfectly marries indoor and outdoor spaces.   

7. The Standard

The Rooftop at The Standard DTLA

*Image from The Standard’s Facebook Page  

With locations all over the U.S., the Standard is probably the most familiar brand on our list. But, that doesn’t mean it’s like all the others. The Rooftop at The Standard DTLA offers panoramic views, a heated swimming pool, DJs, dance floor, plant sculptures, and a beer garden. Sounds like everything you could ask for in a DTLA rooftop party, doesn’t it?  

At WREN Apartments, we make it easy for residents to live, work, and play in DTLA. In addition to a vibrant neighborhood, our residents have access to DTLA apartments that meet all their wants and needs. Our community flourishes because we thought of everything!

We include a well-appointed business center and conference room for working, a private fitness center to promote healthy body and mind, and two indoor/outdoor rooftop decks for relaxing, entertaining, or just a breath of fresh air. Plus, there are several public transportation options around us. And, we can’t forget to mention that our homes balance style, comfort, and functionality. Basically, WREN residents have all they need right at their fingertips!

Looking to live in one of the most convenient locations in all of downtown Los Angeles? Check out WREN’s DTLA apartments!

The 9 Best Food Trucks in South Park, LA

It’s an exciting time for foodies. Why? The whole country is in the midst of a food truck revolution! And, if there is anyone to thank for this scrumptious movement, it would be Los Angelinos. Not only is Los Angeles the birthplace of the food truck craze, it’s home to the top food trucks in the country. Since WREN’s DTLA apartments are centrally located, we’re quite familiar with the best bites on wheels. When it comes to food trucks in DTLA, these are the nine that you absolutely must try!

1. Kogi BBQ

Kogi in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

Korean tacos and burritos made with fresh ingredients, BBQ meats, and topped with delicious sauces? Yes, please! Oh, and there are quesadillas, hot dogs, hamburgers, too! And, as if WREN and the South Park neighborhood couldn’t get any better, Kogi BBQ rolls into our area every Friday!

2. Son of a Bun

Son of A Bun in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

* Image from Son of A Bun’s Facebook

Son of a Bun hangs out in the LA Arts District, which is only a couple of miles from our DTLA apartments. This truck is all about freshness, and when you bite into one of their gourmet burgers, you can tell. (We recommend biting the AvoEgg Burger.) So, for a tasty, juicy, toasty, cheesy experience, make sure to keep an eye out for Son of a Bun.

3. El Chato Taco Truck

El Chato FoodTruck in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*image from El Chato’s Facebook Page

Really, all El Chato has to do is serve up their mouthwatering street tacos and everyone is happy. But, they don’t stop there. They go on to blow us all away with incredible mulitas, burritos, and quesadillas as well. 

4. The Holy Grill

The Holy Grill in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*Image from The Holy Grill’s Facebook

People who seek glatt kosher meals often hit up The Holy Grill. This truck usually stakes out a spot on S. Los Angeles and E. 16th Street, which is about a 10-minute walk from WREN’s apartments in DTLA. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, you’ll find them serving up awesome traditional Israeli fare.

5. Ta Bom Truck

Ta Bom Truck in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*Image from Ta Bom’s Facebook

If flavor is your thing, then Ta Bom is your truck. For nearly a decade, Ta Bom has been delighting DTLA-ers with authentic Brazilian food. In fact, they are one of the few food trucks in DTLA that can say they were the first in their space! So, for an amazing home-cooked Brazilian meal, check out Ta Bom’s truck on 123 S. Figueroa Street.

6. Mr. V’s Cheesesteak on Wheels

Mr V's Cheesesteak in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*image from Mr V’s Yelp Page

It’s probably no surprise to hear that the specialty of Mr. V’s is the cheesesteaks, but what you might not know is that their burritos are also fantastic. Some might even say shockingly fantastic. Our DTLA apartments are only about a mile from a Mr. V’s truck on 7th Street and Hill.

7. Poke 2 Go

Poke 2 Go in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*Image From Poke 2 Go’s Facebook page

Hawaiian poke is all the rage right now and given how delectable it is, it’s easy to see why. Poke 2 Go combines high-quality tuna with fresh, locally-sourced vegetables and ingredients to create bowls that are just to die for. The truck is typically stationed in Santa Monica’s Food Truck Alley.

8. White Boy Tacos

White Boy Tacos in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*image from White Boy Tacos Website.

Simply put – you must try the killer tacos, quesadillas, and burritos at White Boy Tacos. But, you don’t have to take our word for it – just check out their five-star rating on Yelp. As you can imagine, we’re very pleased that White Boy Tacos is under a mile from our apartments in DTLA.

9. Guerilla Tacos

Guerilla Tacosin in South Park, LA near WREN Apartments

*image from Guerilla Tacos Facebook

Chef Wes Avila has turned his pop-up taco cart into one of the most sought-after food trucks in downtown Los Angeles. Every day, Guerilla Tacos is dishing out inventive street tacos that are “bursting with culture” and pleasing to the masses! Just be sure to check their website regularly because the truck location changes all the time.

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what kind life you lead, there are food trucks in DTLA that cater to your tastes, and just as many that will expand your culinary horizons.

Did you know that the kind of versatility you get with food trucks is also the kind of versatility you should expect with DTLA apartments? That’s what we believe at WREN. In addition to being in the heart of the diverse and flourishing culture of South Park and DTLA, we’ve created an apartment community that appeals to every kind of lifestyle.

We offer a variety of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans that provide the perfect amount of space for singles and families alike. We combine modern designs and finishes with natural tones to create a balance of both style and comfort. And, we include amenities like a private park, dog runs, two rooftop decks, large pool and poolside cabana, a club/game lounge, fitness center/yoga studio, business center, onsite restaurant and many others. These features not only maximize the living, working, and entertaining space, but also to help residents form a genuine connection with their community. 

Trust us – we have an apartment that is right for you! Find out more about our DTLA apartments!

WREN’s Grand Opening in South Park, DTLA

It’s been an exciting month for WREN! The recent Grand Opening Celebration for our DTLA apartments was a HUGE success – so much so that it was recently covered on South Park’s de-facto business website SouthPark.LA!

The event was actually twofold: We officially unveiled our brand new apartments, and we also donated $150,000 to Metro Charter Elementary School. We wanted to make sure to give back to a South Park community that has been so incredibly warm and welcoming to us. It was amazing to be able to share a special occasion with so many beautiful, shining faces! So, now that WREN is officially open, we’d like to share with you some exciting things that are happening with us!

Metro Charter Elementary School Donation South Park LA

WREN’s DTLA Apartments Are Going Fast!

Two luxurious buildings, seven stories, 362 apartments, and a laundry list of state-of-the-art amenities and features. We pretty much thought of everything that a DTLA-er might want and need and we made sure to design it all into our community. The result of our efforts: We are already 20 percent leased up!

WREN’s DTLA Apartments Are Going Fast in DTLA South Park

In fact, many tenants signed on well before our grand opening. If you’re wondering how we could possibly be leasing up so fast, read on. We have so much to explain!

Cutting-Edge Amenities and Features Balance Wants and Needs

Let’s get down to the brass tacks. You’re probably wondering what kinds of fantastic amenities and features we provide when you become a resident of WREN’s DTLA apartments.

Hold onto to your hats; this is going to be quite a list:

Cutting-Edge Amenities and Features at DTLA Apartments

The Community

  • Centrally located near DTLA’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment
  • Easy access to DTLA public transportation
  • An open, well-appointed fitness center and yoga studio
  • Indoor/outdoor rooftop decks with BBQs and fire pits
  • Large pool and spa with poolside cabana and lounge
  • Two gorgeous lobbies with coffee machines and a concierge
  • Bike parking and maintenance room
  • Business center with six co-working spaces
  • Conference room with tables and seating
  • Club lounge with games, TVs, and full-service kitchen
  • Private park
  • Two dog runs and a dog bathing area (Do you know many DTLA apartments that have this?!)
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Two loading docks with elevator
  • Mailroom with delivery storage
  • Automated package delivery lockers
  • Storage lockers
  • 19 electric vehicle charging stations
  • Reserved parking available

 Olive Lobby Section at Wren's DTLA Apartments

Our Apartments

  • Modern, European-style cabinetry
  • Quartz countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Crisp subway tile backsplashes
  • Beautiful wood-like plank flooring
  • Tall 9-foot ceilings
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Electronic, keyless entry
  • Homes with balconies available

And, We Have Our Own Restaurant!

total control over your entire drinking and dining experience

Ah, yes! The pièce de résistance! It’s not like we’re trying to make other apartment communities jealous, but yeah – our DTLA apartments are going to have an awesome onsite restaurant. In the fall, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen will be opening their doors to serve up delicious bites, beers, and wine in our 4,000 square-foot retail space. But, that’s not even the best of it! First Draft is a pour-your-own-drink experience! With wristbands loaded with credits, you’re able to pour as little or as much as you like from 60 taps of beer, wines, ciders, coffee, and kombucha.

We couldn’t be more ecstatic to be a member of the South Park community! To be a part of a vibrant and growing South Park neighborhood is truly an honor. We are also proud to be able to provide an incredible living experience for our residents. Everything we do is to help them feel like they have everything they need right at their fingertips. It’s a part of a philosophy we call “Thoughtful Living”.

Does this sound like your kind of lifestyle? If it does, find out more about our DTLA apartments!

Commuting Through DTLA From WREN Apartments

It’s no secret that getting around the city usually tops the lists of concerns for people who are on the hunt for DTLA apartments. It’s understandable since Los Angeles just so happens to be the second most populated city in the United States, and getting from point A to point B can sometimes be a pretty involved endeavor. But, we at WREN are here to put those concerns to rest. Because of our central location, we’ve cracked the code on how to easily commute through DTLA!

Commuter Express 431 and 437

The Commuter Express program

The Commuter Express program is an incredibly convenient and quick way to get to and from downtown and other major LA spots. A Commuter Express bus limits the number of stops it makes so you have more of a straight shot to your destination. Two popular routes are just a few minutes from WREN’s DTLA apartments. Route 437 runs between downtown and Culver City and is easily accessed on Grand and Pico. The 431 stop is on Venice and Grand and runs from downtown to Palms.

Santa Monica Expo Line

The Santa Monica Expo Line

The Santa Monica Expo Line is a new light rail system that allows you to get from DTLA out to Santa Monica in under an hour! If an hour commute from DTLA to Santa Monica sounds like a long time then you’re obviously not from LA. During rush hour, this drive can sometimes take up to two hours. A public transportation service that can get out to the Santa Monica Pier in under an hour has long been awaited, and residents of DTLA are thrilled that they can finally ride the Santa Monica Expo Line.

7th Street/Metro Center

The LA County Metro Rail System

The LA County Metro Rail System consists of two subway lines and four light rail lines. The Blue, Red and Purple lines are all served from the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in the Financial District. The Blue Line is a light rail route, while the Red and Purple are both subway routes. The Blue Line runs between DTLA and Long Beach, the Red Line goes from downtown to North Hollywood, and the Purple Line runs between downtown and Koreatown. Our DTLA apartments are just 10 minutes from the 7th Street/Metro Center Station!


The DASH bus service

The DASH bus service is a great way to make your way through the various downtown neighborhoods. The purpose of the program is to provide a more localized bus service. Buses mainly serve their own individual neighborhoods but will feed into other major transportation services like the Metrolink and Metro Rail System. There are several DTLA routes to choose from:

  • Little Tokyo/City West,
  • Chinatown/Financial District
  • Union Station/South Park
  • City West/Fashion District
  • Financial District/Exposition Park/USC

Many of the DASH stops are less than a 10-minute walk from WREN’s DTLA apartments including Hill and Pico, Olive and Pico, Los Angeles and 12th, and Figueroa and Pico.

At WREN, we listen to what matters most to our residents. We make sure they have everything they need to feel productive and fulfilled. We can do this for you as well! A location that’ll make your commute a breeze is the tip of the iceberg at WREN.

We have other amenities and features that will meet all your professional, social and health needs. As a tenant, you get access to a business center and conference room with free WIFI, a private fitness center you can visit at your leisure, and community spaces that give you the opportunity to connect with friends, family and neighbors. And, of course, our apartment floor plans and finishes are designed to maximize space, comfort and functionality.

You deserve to live in DTLA apartments that complement your lifestyle! Get in touch with WREN Apartments!