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South Park LA Is Getting a New Public Park!

This is big news, people! As you’ve probably noticed, Downtown LA, and the South Park neighborhood in particular, has been going through an amazing renaissance over the last several years. Major developments including soaring skyscrapers, gorgeous residential structures, and fantastic cultural centers have taken fun in the California sun to a whole other level. And soon, there’s going to be new green space that will improve the landscape of DTLA even more: South Grand Park. Mack Urban, the owner and developer of WREN’s South Park Luxury Apartments, is bringing a half-acre public park to the corner of 11th Street and Grand!

Here’s what you need to know…   

It’s in Line With the Overall Vision of South Park

Overall Vision of South Park LA

The South Park neighborhood has experienced a radical transformation that’s not only aimed at enhancing the lives of DTLA-ers who live and work in the area, but also contributing to the overall economic vibrancy of Downtown Los Angeles. With one of the highest population densities in LA, it’s no wonder that South Park has become a hub of expansion and progress. South Grand Park will rank among several other developments:

It’s a Newer Take on Grand Park

A Newer Take on South Grand Park LA

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If you’re familiar with Grand Park in the Civic Center of DTLA, you know that it is a model metropolitan park with comparisons to New York’s Central Park. It’s an extremely pedestrian-friendly public space showcasing tree-lined walkways, vegetation, an interactive fountain, courtyards, seating, and performance spaces. It’s also easily accessible from the surrounding downtown streets. Many Angelenos consider it to be an essential urban oasis which has made it an inspiration for other park designs.  

The South Grand Park Streamlined Designs

The South Grand Park Streamlined Designs

*image from Curbed.LA

At this point, you may be wondering what we mean by “newer take”. The objective of the Mack Urban/AECOM Capital proposal is to incorporate elements that are similar to Grand Park but in a more streamlined fashion. Three concepts were presented, each of which had their own distinctive features. The final design utilizes various aspects of all the initial concepts to create a space that will best serve the community:

  • Lush landscaping
  • Gates and perimeter fence for safety
  • Water court and central paseo
  • Branch benches
  • Treehouse terrace
  • Restaurant terrace
  • Food court area
  • Boardwalk and garden deck

South Grand Park will complement the surrounding developments, which will include the grand Mack Urban mixed-use tower.

There’s a lot going on in WREN’s neck of the woods, and we couldn’t’ be happier as these changes help us to provide an incredible living experience. Our community benefits from the Mack Urban philosophy of Balanced Living. This means we’re not about overwhelming residents with expensive and unnecessary features. Instead, it’s about listening to what people really need and want in a home and executing designs accordingly. All aspects of WREN, from the two signature buildings and high-end amenities down to the apartment floorplans and finishing touches, were carefully selected help DTLA-ers thrive and connect to their City.

Do you want to live in one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in DTLA? Contact us to find out more about our South Park luxury apartments!

The Best Ways to Spend NYE 2018 in DTLA

We know you and 2017 have been through a lot together but it’s come time to say goodbye. There’s no reason to feel sad. In fact, we think you should celebrate harder than you’ve ever celebrated before. Luckily, living in the City of Angels makes it possible to ring in a new year right. While there is certainly no shortage of killer ways to experience NYE in DTLA, not all of them are created equal. At WREN’s luxury apartments in South Park, there’s been talk of which parties are going to be the best this year. Here is our list of the top events!

Bootie LA New Year’s Eve 2018 ($20+)

Bootie LA New Year’s Eve 2018

*image from BootieMashup.com

Leave it to professional party throwers to put on an amazing NYE celebration. Bootie has been hosting mashup dance parties for nearly 15 years. At 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Bootie Mashup will be taking over the Resident in the Arts District. There will be DJs, dance crew performances, a champagne toast, and even free mashup CDs.

N.Y.E.L.A at Grand Park (Free)

N.Y.E.L.A at Grand Park

*image from Grand Park LA’s Twitter

If you want to spend NYE in DTLA with thousands of other party-going Angelenos, make your way to the gorgeous Grand Park at 8 p.m. N.Y.E.L.A. will feature live music, dancing, food, photo booths, and a countdown to midnight projected onto a wall of City Hall. One thing to note: No alcohol will be allowed on the premises.

Prohibition NYE ($175)

Prohibition NYE

*image from Prohibition NYE

How would you like to countdown to the new year like they did during the prohibition era (minus the drinks being illegal, of course)? Starting at 9 p.m., Prohibition NYE fills the Ticket Concourse at Union Station with DTLA-ers dressed in their finest 1920s garb. You won’t believe what a ticket gets you:

  • Open bar (beer, champagne, and signature cocktails)
  • Burlesque show
  • Live jazz
  • DJ set

There’s even a 60-foot ball drop at midnight. It’s a delightful and modernly classic way to enjoy NYE in DTLA!

Dita Von Teese’s NYE Gala ($49.50 to $225))

Dita Von Teese’s NYE Gala

*image from TheArtofTheTeese.com

Yes, that’s right. You can spend New Year’s Eve with a world-famous burlesque performer. Join Dita Von Teese as she hosts a dazzling two-hour variety show. There will also be the opportunity to meet Ms. Von Teese as well as check out her impressive wardrobe. All the adult-themed fun will happen at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with the doors opening at 9 p.m.

No Cover New Years at Angel City (Free)

No Cover New Years at Angel City

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Beers, and tacos, and dumplings! Oh, my! Angel City Brewery will be hosting No Cover New Years, a malty, sudsy, laid-back kind of way to experience the new year. Live music doesn’t begin until 8 p.m., but you can start imbibing at 12 p.m. Just don’t overdo it — you don’t want to miss the champagne ale toast at midnight.

The Exclusive Side of NYE in DTLA

If your idea of an awesome New Year’s Eve party is to see and be seen, there are certainly several events for you:

The W Hollywood Rooftop ($219+)

The W Hollywood Rooftop

*Image from EventBrite.com

A ticket to this New Year’s soirée will get you a four-hour open bar, cabanas, the hottest DJs in LA, sweeping views of the city, and plenty of hobnobbing.

The Argyle ($75+)

NYE The Argyle Hotel

*Image From The Argyle’s Facebook

Often a hangout spot for celebrities, The Argyle nightclub is putting on a glitzy bash that includes two floors of DJs, appetizers, three bars, and five hours of premium bar service.

The Egyptian Theatre ($89+)

Cleopatra's NYE ball

*image from EventBrite.com

When you mix an iconic theater with four DJs, three dance floors, and a five-hour premium open bar, you get one of the most sought-after New Year’s affairs in LA.

Wherever you end up celebrating NYE in DTLA, you’ll surely have a blast!

At WREN, we make sure that DTLA-ers have what they need to thrive in their City. We consider what people really want in an apartment community. An ideal location provides easy access to all the best features of downtown. The resort-like amenities effectively serve the professional, health, and social needs of all residents. And, the apartment homes make use of the latest contemporary designs but never at the expense of space, functionality, and comfort. We’re pretty confident you won’t be able to find other DTLA apartments like WREN.

Want to live in a place that actually looks out for you? Contact WREN to find out about living in premier South Park luxury apartments!

The 9 Best Places to Catch Christmas Lights in DTLA

Ah yes, the Holidays are here! Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles is a great city for getting into the holiday spirit. Sure, the sun is pretty much always out and the temperature is 75 degrees, but that doesn’t deter us from Christmasing harder and better than all the other cities!

Yes, South Park luxury apartments are our bread and butter, but we do also consider ourselves aficionados of holiday cheer. When it comes to a great holiday season, it’s all about illuminating the night sky with little light bulbs of joy. Luckily, there are tons of dazzling displays of Christmas lights near DTLA. Here are the shows you must absolutely check out!

1. Enchanted: Forest of Light ($23 to $30)

Enchanted Forest of Light located about 30 minutes outside of downtown

*image from Descanso Gardens site

Leave it to Angelenos to turn Christmas lights into a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. Enchanted: Forest of Light is more like an art installation, but that doesn’t mean there’s stuffiness. Enchanted allows visitors to explore 10 unique and interactive light displays complemented by special soundscapes. And, it’s all against the backdrop of Descanso Gardens which is located about 30 minutes outside of downtown.

2. L.A. Zoo Lights ($10 to $19.95)

L.A. Zoo Lights

*image from LA Zoo Light’s Site

Chances are that you’ve been to Zoo Lights or at least heard about it. It will always be one of the quintessential ways to experience Christmas lights in DTLA. Every evening through January 8, Griffith Park Zoo will be showcasing interactive and static 3D projections, laser shows, and trees filled with LED animals. It’s quite impressive; you won’t be disappointed.

3. Beverly Hills (Free)

Beverly Hills a Christmas wonderland

*image from Love Beverly Hills

It’s not new information that Beverly Hills is known as a high-end, tourist-filled shopping mecca; however, did you know that it’s also known as a Christmas wonderland? From now until the first week of January, the streets, shops, and palm trees will be lined with stunning lights, and there’ll even be some special sculptures to check out. It’s totally worth the 10-mile trip from Downtown LA.   

4. Upper Hastings Ranch Holiday Light Up (Free)

Upper Hastings Ranch Holiday Light Up

*image from Upper Hastings Ranch’s Facebook Event

The Pasadena community of Upper Hastings Ranch might arguably be the coolest neighborhood for enjoying Christmas lights near DTLA (don’t get mad at us, other neighborhoods!) Every year, each street follows a specific theme of fun decorations and lights. The homeowners have been doing it for decades! Holiday Light Up will run up until New Year’s Day.

5. Venice Canals (Free)

Venice Canals lights

*image from Venice Canal’s Yelp Page

When you think of Christmas lights in DTLA, your mind probably doesn’t go to the Venice Canals, but this year could change all that. Whether you decide to boat or walk it, you’ll get some nice views of the twinkling bridges that line the Canals from Venice Boardwalk to Abbot Kinney. The lights will be shimmering now until January 4, and you can even do an official tour if you like.

6. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (Free)

Sleepy Hollow christmas lights in DTLA

*image from Patch.com

Getting stuck in California traffic has never been so much fun! From now until January 1, you can join the line of brake lights on Robert Road in Torrance. Almost every home in the area is draped with a seemingly endless number of bright lights and ornaments. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza occurs every evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Yes, you can walk the neighborhood if you prefer.)

7. Holiday Time at Disneyland ($85 for Tour)

Holiday Time at Disneyland Lights

*image from Disneyland’s website

If you’re looking for real production value with your DTLA Christmas lights, then you’ll actually have to journey over to Anaheim. A little theme park named Disneyland is “the merriest place on Earth” until January 7. The whole park is embellished with amazing décor, and there’ll also be holiday food and shows. Even your favorite rides will be made up for the occasion. Sure, it’s pricey, but just think — when you tell the kids you’re going to Disneyland, they’ll probably lose their minds.

8. Candy Cane Lane (Free)

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If you can, make the trip to Woodland Hills to witness a tradition that’s been around for 60 years. From now until New Year’s Day, several blocks around Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street will be cheery and bright with beautiful lights and decorations. It actually almost didn’t happen, so this year may be your last chance to see it. Also, with a name like “Candy Cane Lane”, how could you not want to go?

The holidays in DTLA are always special. We hope it’s filled with all the oohs and aahs you can handle!   

Speaking of oohs and aahs, we’d like to invite you to check out WREN’s luxury apartments in South Park. We’re changing the way Angelenos experience apartment living. Our community boasts two gorgeous building, seven floors, and a whole host of upscale amenities including a pool/cabana/spa, fitness center, fully-appointed club lounge, private park, workspaces, onsite restaurant, and two rooftop decks. Additionally, our apartment homes feature modern designs, high-end finishes, and floorplans meant to maximize living and storage space.     

We have more to say, but we know you have some DTLA Christmas lights to get to. Feel free to drop us a line to schedule a tour or just get more info on our South Park Luxury Apartments.

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!