California has long been considered one of the epicenters of cool in the United States, an entire state dedicated to the laid-back living, spending time in the great outdoors, and the pursuit of the American dream, whether in Hollywood or San Francisco’s booming tech sector. However, while California’s population has grown a staggering six percent since 2010, many people eager to call the Golden State home have one question: Where to live? The good news? No matter what your passions in life, your style, or where in the state you choose to live, there’s a gorgeous home waiting for you. Here’s where to look:
El Centro Hollywood: If you’ve ever dreamed of making a life for yourself in Los Angeles, El Centro Hollywood is a great place to start. Located right on Hollywood Boulevard, this luxury building is home to some of the city’s most desirable—and most convenient—residences. While in the middle of a bustling urban landscape, the building’s homes are the epitome of California cool, with floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the spaces with light, natural oak hardwood floors, and ceilings up to 19 feet tall. As one might expect from a Southern California building, El Centro is also home to a wealth of outdoor and fitness-related amenities, including a landscaped central courtyards with fire pits, 44-foot outdoor pool, gym, spa, and lounge.
The Harland West Hollywood: Want to get a taste of how the rich and famous live in Los Angeles? The Harland West Hollywood makes it possible. The Midcentury Modern-inspired luxury building boasts some of the area’s most unique architecture, thanks to R&A Architecture and Marmol Radziner, who have added angular balconies to the building’s exterior, giving it both a vintage-inspired and modern appearance. Inside the building, floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, bronze fixtures, marble slab counters, and freestanding tubs all create an oasis right in the center of the city. The building is also home to a long list of amenities, including a fitness center, yoga studio, entertaining lounge, bowling alley, and landscaped outdoor space.
888 at Grand Hope Park: Those eager to enjoy high-rise living in notoriously low-slung L.A. need look no further than 888 Hope. The luxury tower stands 34 stories high and is home to 525 elegant residences affording residents some of the city’s most stunning views. The moment you pull up out front, you’ll realize this is no ordinary apartment building: from the port-cochère to the indoor parking to the 24-hour concierge, your every need can be met before you even set foot in the door. The building is also home to an amenity suite spanning three floors, as well as light-flooded loft-style residences giving residents the true L.A experience.
181 Fremont: Anyone who thinks it’s hard to find a home in San Francisco hasn’t looked at 181 Fremont. The stunning San Francisco luxury tower, home to just 55 residences and offering peerless views of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge, 181 Fremont is unlike any other building in the Bay Area. Developed by Jay Paul Company with architecture by Heller Manus and interiors by Odada, no detail is spared inside the building, with custom polished brass door handles, Valucine glass cabinetry, bespoke bird’s nest sconces, wide-plank wood floors, and marble accents used to elevate the look of each home and communal space. The building is also home to an entire floor of amenities, including a fitness center, yoga room, library, conference room, catering kitchen, multiple terraces, and observation deck, and a 24-hour concierge eager to help with anything residents might want or need.
Whether you’re moving just a few miles up the coast or making a cross-country move, California is an amazing place to live. Before you start imagining your perfect new life, make sure you’ve got the perfect new home to go along with it. Luckily, with a wealth of amazing homes available in California, finding your paradise is as simple as calling your local real estate agent.