La Cienega Blvd area has some great cheap to expensive restaurants. The Strip Mall at the corner of Willoughby Ave and La Cienga has a great New York Style pizza place that sells by the slice and a good Asian Restaurant. They are both very reasonable.
La Cienega has some high end shopping with Antique stores, Persian rug stores, and furniture stores. All the way down to Beverly is the Beverly Center and Beverly Connection for good shopping.
Coffee drinkers will like having the Starbucks at the corner of Westmount and Santa Monica, again only a short 2 minute walk from West Knoll. Just Across the Street is a Bright PINK Trader Joe’s that you can’t miss, and there is a 24 hour fitness on the south side of Santa Monica for your fitness needs. In the mood for upscale dinning? Fig and Olive is a celebrity favorite.
I recently tried the menu at Dialog café at the corner of Holloway and Palm and I can say that they sweat the smallest detail. It’s a family run restaurant and the owners are very friendly and there most days. They serve breakfast all day and have great coffees.
All Condos are single Story with all living space on one level.
One gripe a Buyer might have is that these condos aren’t very big. The 2Br’s range in sqft from 1,350 to 1,150- which is plenty big, but by no means huge. The 1brs are 850 sqft.
In my experience I have found that the majority of owners in West Knoll spend tons of money fixing there condo out to exactly the way they like it. This is great because the condos that come for sale are usually nicely remodeled, and I can tell you from looking at a bunch of them that no two are alike. There are so many great design places around like Pacific Design Center, and Emser Tile, that you will get plenty of inspiration for decorating your new place. One of my favorite sites online for design ideas is apartmenttherapy.com, they have a great news letter that will keep you up to date with all the latest trends.
People who choose midrise for building size pick it for the same reason that Goldie Locks chose the Medium Porage. Not too big, not too small. 1155 La Cienega is a West Hollywood Highrise just around the corner that is comparable in price to West Knoll. Buyers who chose West Knoll over Westview Towers want a sense of community, but not that big. The trade offs between the two are Westview Tower has better amenities, and great views, however higher HOAs and more residents.
The advantage you have with a midsize condo building over a small building (10-20 condos) is the HOA tends to be stronger.
The Floorplans for West Knoll are walk in to a hallway that has a Galley Kitchen, and a combined Living Room and Dining Room with Fireplace. Every Unit has a small 5X15 Balcony off the living room. One Guest Bathroom and one Bathroom in the Master.
Masterbedroom is separate, good size, and has en suite full bathroom and good closets.
The North Side of the building is a courtyard with a huge unused area that is just begging for some kind of capital improvement (Gazebo? Landscaping + Outdoor Grill?) I think the reason the HOA hasn’t done anything with the space is because the units the face the courtyard would probably prefer to not have the space used so that it is more quite.
The Units that are ground level take a bit of a hit in price because of their close proximity to the pool and getting noise from swimmers.