The Rebirth of Sunset Vine Tower
For years, it stood there like a loiterer. Sunset Vine Tower was built in 1964, damaged by fire in 2001 and then ignored and forgotten. In the annals of Hollywood, there are countless stories of loneliness and isolation, but few whose main character stands 20 stories tall.
But you can now cue the rousing orchestral flourish to signal a happy ending, because Sunset Vine Tower is once again ready for its close-up. “Sunset Vine Tower is well poised for Hollywood’s next wave of revitalization,” says John Given, principal of CIM Group, the development firm that acquired the property—the tallest building in Hollywood—in 2003 and set out to gut the place down to the steel beams to achieve an “adaptive reuse” of the midcentury-modern icon.
Surrounded by tony neighbors— ArcLight Hollywood movie theaters, Sunset + Vine retail and residential complex, the new W Hollywood Hotel & Residences up the street—Sunset Vine Tower is ready to rock. There are 63 units, from a 720-square-foot one-bedroom for $2,375 per month to the largest twobedroom at $14,000, all the way up to the full-floor, 4,400-square-foot penthouse that goes for $24,995 per month.
There is a maximum of four units on each of the other floors, and many have two. They boast 13-foot ceilings and custom window treatments. A gym and 24-hour concierge are available; a pool is in the works; and the ground floor will eventually house a Chipotle, Bodega Wine Bar, BLT Burger and Tender Greens.
And needless to say, the views are rapturous. After all these years, the Sunset Vine Tower is again both a marvel to look at and a joy to look out from.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.