One of the first luxury high rises in Los Angeles, the Empire West has always been a favorite among Hollywood types drawn to its convenient location, gorgeous views and numerous amenities. Late actress Suzanne Pleshette designed the West Hollywood tower’s original lobby — she was for many years president of the board — and some of the many other big-name residents to have passed through the iconic midcentury building include Dyan Cannon, Jerry Herman, Nancy Sinatra, Sara Silverman, Adam Lambert, Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Osbourne, and Nicole Richie. Comedic actor Leslie Jordan, best known for his hilarious portray of Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace,” bought a place here not too long before his death earlier this week.
A pristine, penthouse-level condo, listed for sale at $2.8 million (and also for rent at $13,500 per month), provides another celeb or a well-heeled non-celeb an opportunity to soak up some Hollywood glamour of their own. Measuring just over 1,600 square feet, the crisply tailored residence is owned by TV producer turned real estate agent Jed Weisman of Westside Estate Agency, who serves as the listing agent.
A long-time producer for “The Late Show with James Corden,” Weisman acquired the two-bedroom and two-bath condo about 6.5 years ago for $1.4 million and soon embarked on a two-year renovation and decorative overhaul spearheaded by his interior designer boyfriend Ross Cassidy, whose client lists includes Amber Valletta, Sia, Jeff Probst, and Billy Eichner. Designed to be a sophisticated, gallery-like retreat where artworks could be changed out on a regular basis, the finished product looks as crisp and fresh today (albeit with some of the contemporary artworks removed) as when the urbane aerie was fawned over in the pages of Architectural Digest in 2018.
Inside the high-floor unit’s front door, midcentury-inspired minimalist design meets modern luxury, with ebony hardwood floors, art friendly stark white walls, designer fixtures and in the kitchen and bathrooms, sleek expanses of white, flannel-grey, and black marble. In the living room a wall of glass gives way to a roomy loggia with mountain and city views, while the dining area flows into a gleaming kitchen with top-end fittings and appliances.
Outfitted as a den with a sumptuous custom-made velvet sectional sofa, the second bedroom also has access to the loggia. With a small terrace of its own, the main bedroom additionally offers an unexpectedly spacious dressing room lined with clutter hiding built-in wardrobes along with a decadently mirrored and marbled bathroom.
Besides an attended lobby, a secured parking garage, a gym and a lighted tennis court, residents of the Empire West have access to an expansive roof terrace with a swimming pool as well as comfortably furnished lounging and barbeque areas, all with glittery wrap around views across Los Angeles.