Koreatown High Rise Living


There are very few high rise condos in Koreatown. But on the corner of Wilshire and Western, there are two high rise condos you can purchase. The Mercury at 3810 Wilshire Blvd is one of them. Originally an office building, it has been converted to condos right before the Great Recession.

I have seen several units in this building, and from what I found, many of the more affordable units are the south facing view units. The south facing views are all low slung buildings and shopping centers (some with large parking lots). In my opinion, not the best views, but given it's price, it may be worth considering if you want to be in a high-rise building.

The better views are either the east or northeast views, but you would need to get above, if memory serves me correctly, the 10th or 12th floor? Above those floors, you get a view of the Hills, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign and DTLA. Below those floors, you are facing either the Pierce building or The Wiltern. Neither are bad, but if you want a view, of the skyline, you will need to go above those building.

The Mercury has a rooftop pool, gym, bbq and a little grassy area which looks like you can do a little putt putt. The building is controlled-access with a front desk staff. It is diagonally across from the Purple line which in the next few years, will extend west to Beverly Hills and then to Westwood Village. But for now, getting to DTLA is a breeze with the Metro across the street from you. You have a The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sushi Ippo, Which Which and a Wells Fargo in your building, so there's no need to drive for these things. And, the area is so walkable, you can leave your car at home for most things you do.

As of this writing, there are six units for sale in the building. It ranges from about $900,000 to approximately $440,000.

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