Downtown Living

Saturday, August 21, 2010

So we've moved to Downtown LA...temporarily. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on how you look at it) we had to abandon our house. For months we noticed the floors in our kitchen starting to warp. Nothing major. It just looked like water had spilled on it. Nothing a little drying out wouldn't fix. Then we came home from our vacation in Hawaii (will upload pics in another post) to the floor buckling. Now it was time to worry. A few more weeks pass and the floors were progressively getting worse.

After the leak was detected and fixed, our general contractor had to rip out the floors to dry the sub-flooring. It took a whole week with dryers and dehumidifiers.

My poor kitchen was sick and contained from the rest of the house. Too bad we didn't have advance warning that we wouldn't be able to access the kitchen when we came home. All our food was zoned off. Then the kitchen was entirely deconstructed. The countertops were lifted and cabinets removed.

Onward and upward. We decided we couldn't keep eating frozen meals in the game room kitchenette. Glad to have one, but I miss the convenience small things like an oven or even a toaster oven. I miss being able to make food on the stove top. We were able to make do with my little George Forman grill and microwave. We looked into temporary housing and narrowed our choices down. We found a cool place centrally located in the heart of Hollywood right at Hollywood and Highland. The place was new, clean and nice. The area...well it's Hollywood. It's crowded and at times can be a little sketchy. The other place we found was in Downtown LA. The thought of living downtown was very attractive so we decided to make a go of it.

We signed a one month lease at 1010 Wilshire. It's cool, chic and has the most incredible views. I walk three blocks to the subway and then three stops to Union Station where I aboard my train. It's kind of fun. We haven't gotten out just yet, but we're working on it. We have been able to swim at the rooftop pool. Nighttime at the pool is even more spectacular. One of these nights, we'll have to make it up there.


merah said...

make lemonade out of lemons! can't wait to visit you at your downtown pad!

Call Family said...

Wow sorry to hear about your kitchen but it looks like your month away is like a mini-vacation and then you'll get to move home to a brand new nice kitchen!

Anonymous said...

Did you enjoy your stay at the 1010? We are doing a forced re-lation due to water damage as well. I would love to hear what you thought of the 1010.