Worth a Look: Apartment Rents, Negotiating the COVID-19 Testing Site, and Life on the Front Line

Worth a Look is an occasional feature in which WEHOville calls out stories in other publications about people, places, and issues that have or have had an impact on West Hollywood.

The swimming pool at Element WeHo

The Pandemic Is Pushing High-End Apartment Rents Down (Sort Of)

The COVID-19 pandemic clearly is having an impact on the real estate industry. After all, it’s hard to hold an open house when groups aren’t allowed to cluster inside a property. And some prospective renters and buyers may consider a personal tour an “unessential” and risky journey.

The Livabl real estate website, citing data from CoStar, which tracks real estate sales, says “asking rents are down for the first time in a decade” in Los Angeles. Livabl reports that newly constructed apartment buildings are taking the biggest hit.

Some new apartment communities are responding by offering leasing incentives, reports Livabl. One of those is the Element WeHo, developed by Moss & Company and located at 1425 North Crescent Heights near Sunset. Element WeHo’s website describes the property as “ultra high-end apartments at WeHo’s most iconic address,” a marketer’s way to say “expensive.”

Moss & Company is offering one month free on selected apartments leased for a full year. A one-bedroom, one-bath unit with at-home office space rents for $4,795 a month. The one-month discount means you’d get an 8% reduction on what would have been an annual lease of $57,540, which is 87% of the $66,198 average median income of a one-person household in West Hollywood.

COVID-19 Testing Is More Available, But Not Well Explained

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is rapidly expanding its COVID-19 testing sites, with one opening today on Alden Drive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

However, testing isn’t available to everyone. To register online and quality you’ll have to have had symptoms of an infection (coughing, fever, difficulty breathing) and priority is given to those 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease.

But even then it isn’t all that easy. Linda Immediato, a writer for Los Angeles Magazine tells her story of driving through the testing line at Echo Park, where the process isn’t very intuitive or well-explained. (Remember to bring your own pen and bubble wrap! And swipe the saliva under your tongue not just the back of your throat and inside your cheek! And don’t hold your breath waiting for the results. )

Irine Quintas, RN, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Life on the Front Line

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has made available the video diaries of two of its healthcare workers and how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren Yamashita, a nurse at Cedars’ Marina del Rey Hospital, talks about now the pandemic has changed ways intensive care staffers are working together. And Irina Quintas, a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Beverly talks about how staffers are using technology to connect with patients and connect those patients to their families. The videos can be viewed online.

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Vigilant
Vigilant
7 months ago

1425 N. Crescent Heights was essentially a low key, well designed building in need of the right kind of care and sharpening. Maximizing interior amenities is one thing, but hanging all the awful post it note pseudo embellishments on the exterior is a complete disaster obliterating the original design. They over spent and received junk in return.

Good Luck Moss & Company once the “Symphony of Jackhammers & Pile Drivers” begins.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
7 months ago

So this is the result of years of visioning?
Glad COVID could get discounts for those fortunate enough to afford $4,800 a month in rent for a one bedroom.

Alexandra Robichaud
Alexandra Robichaud
7 months ago

Loved my tour at this community with the manager Hannah. The community is really cool and well-located.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
7 months ago

must have been a great tour. thanks for sharing.

Weho adjacent
Weho adjacent
7 months ago

Yes $4800/month to live behind a McDonald’s. What a dream.

rick
rick
7 months ago
Reply to  Weho adjacent

Not to mention years of construction when that Center gets torn down, and the new HUGE complex replacing it starts building. (and the Management firm Moss and Company is SKETCHY….!)

Michael
Michael
7 months ago
Reply to  Weho adjacent

The McDonald’s won’t be there for long! The building is coming down. MOSS bought an old rent controlled building, gave everyone $5K to 10K and under the Ellis Act, emptied the building, they renovated each unit and doubled the market rate rents. In the case of a long term renter, the rent is now 7 times what it was. Moss should be proud to be part of the problem. We should support the current owners, maybe buy them a good meal but most importantly, be nice to them. Their disservice to the city should be appreciated. I know none of… Read more »

Greg
Greg
7 months ago

As of 4/1 per Garcetti, open houses are prohibited—and shoppers can no longer venture inside the homes they want to buy.