Norton Court successfully realizes West Hollywood’s courtyard standards for narrow lots. The design creates an urban courtyard community of townhouses that maximizes light, space and garden, nurtures individual identity, and creates a sense of grandeur, privacy, intimacy, and luxury.
The condominiums are bathed with light and air, each with its own four-story, glass tower that allows daylight to penetrate deep into each unit.
Flanked by mature palm trees on one side and towering bamboo on the other, the geometric building with its clean, sharp lines marries the beauty of nature and the beauty of smart home functionality.
A striking three-story glass atrium welcomes you in and sends light cascading into the space. This tower brings light, view, drama, and a sense of connectedness into each of the floor levels.
Light also greets you on the second floor landing that is so spacious it could almost be another room.
Lehrer’s philosophy and design credo for the sustainable home of the future is apparent on Norton Avenue:
“The ascent of sustainability bodes extremely well for the housing industry and interior design. It takes architecture back to the basic elements, the rudiments of place and design and quality and life: fresh air, massive natural light, strong visual and, if possible, physical indoor/outdoor connections.”
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Los Feliz where he still lives, Michael Lehrer draws inspiration from his own home—a 3-story house built in 1926 with commanding views of greater Los Angeles—and from his light-filled offices in Silver Lake.
His signature style is also seen in other significant Los Angeles homes he has built.
Lehrer Architects LA have won over 70 national, state, and local design awards since 1996, including numerous honor awards from The American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the International Interior Design Association.
The Norton complex itself has also won several awards including an Honor Award to recognize excellence in residential design from The American Institute of Architects PIA, an Award of Excellence from Los Angeles Business Council, and a merit award for multiunit housing from Residential Architect Magazine.
The ground floor is open concept where living room and dining room flow together.
Sustainable bamboo floors stretch throughout the home adding to the general feeling of lightness.
The gourmet kitchen features Viking stainless steel appliances, concrete counter tops, and cupboards also made of bamboo.
On the second floor, two bedrooms float with the treetops seen through floor to ceiling windows. The master suite is light and airy with a large walk-in closet and sleek bathroom.
Mosaic tile, mirrored walls, recessed lighting and concrete counter tops create a spa-like minimalist oasis of light in the bathroom.
The second bedroom echoes the master’s lightness, closet space, and bathroom design.
Each bedroom also has a balcony with stunning views of West Hollywood and the hills.
West Hollywood—or WeHo as locals call it is one of the most vibrant, exciting neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Bordered by Beverly Hills to the west, the Hollywood Hills to the north, Hollywood on the east, and the Fairfax district and Beverly Grove to the south, West Hollywood is home to the Sunset Strip and its famous nightlife and hip restaurants.
Other attractions include Melrose Avenue with its trendy clothing boutiques, interior design shops, restaurants and antique stores, the Pacific Design Center, and Sunset Plaza.
West Hollywood also has one of the largest LGBT populations in the United States with one third identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. A progressive enclave, the city has become a leader and advocate for equal rights for the LGBT community.
If you think no one walks in L.A., think again. According to Walkscore—a website that ranks cities based on walkability—West Hollywood is the most walkable city in California. 8223 Norton is just a short hop to shops, restaurants, and other amenities—a true neighborhood.
The energy and life of the city can be seen from the rooftop of Norton Avenue where the third floor office leads out to a spacious rooftop patio that rivals the trendy hotels in the neighborhood.
Designed not only with an eye to architectural excellence but with city and location playing a huge part in its creation, 8223 Norton is the perfect home for the lifestyle enjoyed in a favorite L.A. neighborhood.
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