This is a "real" artist's loft -- not those newbie, "it's a loft because I say so," smallish places elsewhere in what we call the "new" Downtown. Our building is over 100 years old in the popular Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles ... most tenants have been here for years. A majority of loft buildings in our neighborhood are "AIR" (Artist in Residence, which are not zoned for sale), not "live work" (the latter being the "frou-frou" new, very small condos that are zoned for purchase). AIR = old-school artist loft in historic industrial buildings = very cool and hip.
My place is open except for a 300 sq. ft. walled office area. The full-sized bed can be placed anywhere and a twin bed can be added with advance notice. The modern-style sectional sofa is very comfortable for sleeping, too. The private bathroom has a full shower and tub. The kitchen is divided from the dining area with a casual bar eating area -- great for chatting with guests while you cook. There are washers and dryers in the building's basement, which is also where I have up to two automobile spaces for free underground parking.
It is in the heart of the Arts District ... just a block or two away from the popular restaurants, night spots and shopping such as Wurstküche, The Pie Hole, Zip Fusion Sushi, Cerveteca DTLA, EatDrinkAmericano, Blacktop Coffee, Woo Souvenir Shop, Alchemy Works, Apolis, Poketo, and more. A few blocks further, and you'll find Urth Caffe, Bread Lounge, PIzzanista, Little Bear, Church & State, Daily Dose, Urban Radish, Zinc Cafe, Blue Bottle Coffee, The Springs L.A., Stumptown Coffee, and more. It's walking distance to Little Tokyo (just three blocks) and very close to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station for the Gold Line (goes from Pasadena to East Los Angeles, connecting through Union Station - only one stop away, which connects to all other Metro trains and buses in L.A.). Easy biking distance (about a mile or two) to Olvera Street in El Pueblo, Chinatown, and Echo Park, with Silver Lake and Hollywood just a bit further down the road. The DASH shuttle is only 25 to 50 cents, and has a stop down the street from my loft with routes all over Downtown, including the The Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, Japanese American National Museum, Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, L.A. LIVE, South Park, USC and Exposition Park plus connections to other L.A. neighborhoods.
While check-in times are pretty flexible, guests must select a time 24 hours before arrival to ensure someone can meet them to let them in and show them around.
Rules discussed and agreed upon in advance of booking
My boyfriend and I stayed at Melissa's loft in the Art's District over New Year's and had a great time. Melissa is an exceptional host. She greeted us warmly, gave us some historical context for her building and the surrounding neighborhood, and even introduced us to some of the locals to make sure we'd have the best possible stay. Her loft is a beautiful space to call your temporary home. If you are thinking of spending a couple days exploring Downtown Los Angeles, this is a great place to make your home base. I hope to revisit it soon.
I'm an independent cultural producer specializing in museum exhibitions, community festivals, and live music performances -- sales for all benefit designated charities. I also own a marketing firm called CauseConnect. I'm originally from Texas, but have lived and worked in Los Angeles for the past 20 years. I often travel with either my boyfriend - a vintage Americana bicycle restorer and collector, who is from Southern California, with my mom, who is retired, and/or with my sister, who lives in Houston. I've never used AirBnb, but have friends who have highly recommended it. I love bicycling, hiking, and writing. My work is often very social as it involves going to a lot of events, so I relish my quiet "at-home" time.