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The original Metropolitan Water District Headquarters occupies an entire city block on Sunset Boulevard.  It was designed in 1963 by William Pereira.  An eight story, 120,000 square foot office tower was constructed to Pereira’s design in 1973.  The entire campus bears the distinct mid-century design that distinguishes other Pereira structures including the original LA County Museum of Art, CBS Television City and the TransAmerica building in San Francisco.

The MWD moved out of the Pereira campus in 1993.  The buildings were eventually sold to Holy Hill Church who converted the low rise section but subdivided the parcel with the plan to convert the tower to a stand alone senior housing development.   Though the air-rights subdivision was completed and entitlements obtained, the church members who were to develop the tower failed to do so and sold the building to a developer who obtained permits to convert the building to 92 market rate condos.

The tower has stood vacant for nearly twenty years.  The Church sued the condo developer over parking issues and, though the developer prevailed in court, the protracted legal battle and the collapse of the condo market pushed the developer into bankruptcy and allowed the team at Linear City Development the opportunity to acquire this unique structure, complete with entitlements and permits.

After purchasing the building, the LCD team resolved all the outstanding legal claims on the parking. Working with architect David Lawrence Gray, they reconceived the plans to create more usable space, add a ground level café and increase the energy efficiency of the building.

The team members of LCD secured financing from PNC Bank and construction was completed in February 2014.

The Elysian offers a variety of floor plans to lease for every lifestyle need including live/work units.  Residents enjoy the 24/7 access gym, sun deck with BBQ, cozy cabanas, outdoor yoga deck, custom made fire pit, free WIFI access in common areas and ample on-site parking. The residences at The Elysian all feature high ceilings, large balconies, floor to ceiling windows with remote controlled Mecho shades, top quality Italian cabinetry, energy efficient, top-of-the-line appliances and polished concrete floors. The exclusive penthouse level offers spectacular, two-story lofts with soaring twenty-foot glass walls that boast unrivaled views of the city.

The Elysian cares about the environment and offers on-site electrical vehicle charging stations to tenants FREE OF CHARGE.

For leasing information please visit Call 213-284-8816 or email inquiries to

  • Date: Opened February 2014
  • Project: The Elysian
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