In a city this serious about its morning buzz, it’s not difficult to land an apartment that’s a roasted bean’s throw away from your next cuppa. So what makes these LA’s best apartments for coffee lovers? In a word: Options.
We’ve scoured the listings on rent.com to come up with the Los Angeles apartments that are closest to the most coffee outposts, which includes both coffee shops and cafes. Spoiler alert: If high-rise living and skyline views are your speed, you’re in luck.
10. South Park by Windsor
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Named for downtown LA’s booming neighborhood in which it resides, the South Park by Windsor is close to trendy dining, hopping nightlife and plenty of places to get your culture fix or catch some live music. Also, coffee — and lots of it. Walk out of your building and turn in any direction to stumble upon a top quality cup of liquid lightning.
Because this is LA, you can expect upscale amenities like a resort-style pool, an indoor-outdoor fitness center and a rooftop deck with killer skyline views. Want to sip your coffee while you soak up the city views? Choose from three courtyards, which are stocked with fire pits and grilling stations so you can make a night of it.
9. The Griffin on Spring
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Located in the heart of downtown’s vibrant Historic Core, The Griffin on Spring ups the swank factor in one of LA’s most historic hoods. Inside, expect bells and whistles like keyless entry, quartz countertops, a Nest Thermostat and floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized shades.
You can kick it with your coffee on the rooftop lounge, sweat it out in the two-story fitness center or take a dip in the zero-edge pool. Venturing out affords plenty of entertainment options, as well. Catch a show in the historic Broadway Theatre District, pick up a new title at The Last Bookstore or grab a bite at quirky Clifton’s.
Oh, the coffee? Expect to find well over a dozen options within a five-block radius.
8. Alina Los Angeles
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DTLA’s newest high-rise apartment tower offers the best of urban living in the heart of the South Park district. Alina‘s location is hard to beat: You’re a few easy blocks away from LA Live, the Staples Center and world-renown museums and eateries.
Inside, expect luxurious living by way of custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and video intercom access. Amenities include a resort-style pool, gym, movie theater and coffee bar — not that you’ll need it.
Stroll over to Grand Central Market for a cup of cutting edge craft coffee from G&B or grab a cold brew at Blue Bottle in the iconic Bradbury Building.
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This grand dame is a classic. Centrally located in Koreatown, the historic Piccadilly is big on old world charm and character. Think high ceilings, hardwoods, crown molding and black and white tile. The grand lobby, rooftop garden and courtyards are equally suited for a cocktail or a cup of Joe.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, you’re not too far from anything the city has to offer, from the beach and Beverly Hills to Hollywood and DTLA. Should you care to venture beyond hopping K-Town, you’re only a block away from a Metro station.
As for your daily jolt, you have a bevy of options, from an individually ground and brewed cup at Alchemist Coffee Project to a Nitro Cold Brewed Coffee from Klat (that would be a cold brew infused with nitrogen until it transforms into a creamy concoction with a Guinness-like consistency).
6. Renaissance Tower
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Rising 17 stories in DTLA’s South Park district, the Renaissance Tower provides the requisite stellar skyline views, all the better to soak up from the rooftop sundeck while sipping your iced coffee by the pool. Are you noticing a trend, here? In LA, downtown living is all about rooftop access with killer views, along with endless coffee options just beyond your doorstep.
Sharing a block with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, you can expect to be surrounded by plenty of cafes and coffee shops. Enjoy your daily cup at Grand Hope Park. Located just beyond your front door, this 2.5-acre park is an urban oasis of green space.
5. LEVEL Furnished Living
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Sold on DTLA’s South Park district but won’t settle for less than five-star treatment? It’s time to LEVEL up, high roller. This luxurious living is all-inclusive, meaning no bills to pay beyond your rent and no furniture to buy or move.
Your open-concept living space comes equipped with a gourmet kitchen and upscale everything. You also have access to the 37,000-square-foot L Club, which takes rooftop amenities to the next — ahem — level. Beyond the sauna, steam room and expansive fitness center, you’ll find a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, along with a rooftop basketball court.
Need a quick pick-me-up before crushing a class at SoulCycle (conveniently located on the ground floor of your building)? Good luck deciding between Cognoscenti Coffee (your neighbor), Andante Coffee Roasters and the myriad of other options a short walk away.
4. 825 South Hill
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Tony high-rise? Check. Downtown’s desirable South Park district? Yep. Rooftop pool and sun deck? Well, yes, this is LA, after all. The soaring 53-story tower of 825 South Hill features 516 units of upscale living. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony, plus custom walk-in closets and blackout blinds in the master to sweeten the deal.
Cleaning up your eating? Your building is sandwiched between Whole Foods and Erewhon, so you can have that healthy lifestyle. Or, maybe not. Along with the A-list of coffee purveyors surrounding your property, you’ll also find endless nightlife and dining options.
3. Union Lofts
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Prefer your downtown living with a little Beaux Arts history? Loft living may be for you if you lean toward an open floor plan, high ceilings and classic hardwoods. Union Lofts deliver a mix of modern amenities and historic architectural detail. Yes, that includes a rooftop patio with stellar downtown views and prime lounging opportunities.
Situated between the South Park district and the Historic Core, you really can’t beat the location. The same goes for the caffeine scene. You’re within two blocks of third-wave institutions like Verve Coffee Roasters, Cognoscenti Coffee and a slew of others.
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If you fancy resort-style living in the heart of hopping DTLA, Atelier is worth a hard look. All of LA’s culture, entertainment and history are just beyond your doorstep (walk score: 98), but you may be hard pressed to leave the premises. Inside your posh apartment, you’ll find Italian cabinets, German-style hardwoods and sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows.
Our runner up boasts a pool deck and outdoor space stocked with cabanas, fire pits and grilling stations galore, plus bocce courts and a yoga terrace. Bringing your pet with you to the City of Angels? Lucky pup. A pet spa and dog run is part of the deal.
Your neighborhood has serious coffee cred. Whether you start your day with a pour-over, cold brew or old-fashioned espresso, you’ll find dozens of outposts within a half-mile of your gleaming glass building.
1. The Pearl on Wilshire
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Slightly less frenetic than downtown, and arguably more central to everything this sprawling city has to offer, this K-Town gem is big on bliss with an emphasis on wellness. While DTLA may have the biggest presence on our top 10, it’s The Pearl on Wilshire that takes the top spot.
Inside the winning digs, large soaking tubs, balconies and designer bathtubs up the ante, while ample natural woods and open-air spaces keep things zen. You can expect many of the same amenities you’d find in downtown’s high rises, including a pool, cabanas, rooftop deck, fire pits and a high-end fitness center.
While neighborhoods don’t get much more walkable than Koreatown, two Metro stations are just blocks away for further exploration. Whether you’re looking to fuel up for a night of karaoke or you prefer your coffee with a side of Seoul-style shaved ice, you’ll find an eclectic mix of cafes and coffee shops in every direction.
We looked at all apartments in Los Angeles and rated them on the number of coffee-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, coffee shops located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.