One-of-a-Kind Historic Residential Building Steeped in Hollywood History to Reopen, Bringing Hospitality Benefits, An Emphasis on Design
and A Sense of Community

Photos Courtesy of Jesús Bañuelos


The reimagination of a one-of-a-kind landmarked historic building located in the heart of Hollywood was unveiled today at The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline. As part of a $10 million renovation project spanning the entire property and surrounding area, the soon-to-open residential community will offer fully flexible accommodations ranging from traditional unfurnished apartments to fully furnished hospitality living. Comprised of 73 pet-friendly residences and hotel style accommodations, The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline offers modern luxuries, unique benefits and amenities designed for the needs of today’s renters and travelers. Residential long-term leasing prices range from $2,000 per month to $5,000 per month. Guest suites are available for a nightly rate and are offered at special pricing for residents’ guests.

“Wilshire Skyline sees itself as a custodian of historic residential buildings. We believe that providing the public with access to authentic historic living priced within reach is a unique offering as well as a community service,” said Alan Nissel, Principal of Wilshire Skyline, a third-generation Los Angeles-based real estate firm. “The Commodore of Hollywood is an incredibly special property and a Hollywood legend. We saw a tremendous opportunity to restore and enhance this landmarked building to its glory days and fulfill the needs of Hollywood’s historically-minded residents.”

The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline offers a variety of smartly configured studios and one-bedrooms ranging in size from 350 to 810 square feet. Offered with flexible leasing terms, the modernized residences provide abundant natural light and feature 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, spacious walk-in closets and eat-in kitchens indicative of its historic architectural design. Hospitality-driven amenities include concierge services, a wellness/fitness room, a private dog park, pet perks and more. Collaborative spaces and built-in social opportunities encourage a strong sense of community and are a highlight of The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline lifestyle. Adding to the lure, the chicly furnished serviced units offer free wi-fi, housekeeping services and smart home technology including internet TV. Located one block from famed Hollywood Boulevard, the building’s prime location is ideal for creatives and professionals who yearn to live like a local and have easy access to every urban expectation.

Award-winning, Los Angeles-based Jonathan Watts of KFA Architects and Christos Prevezanos of Studio Preveza were retained to modernize the building while preserving its historic integrity. As a way to compliment the historic nature of the 1920s building, the design team focused on accentuating the details that make the building unique such as the once-concealed ornate entry portico, its expansive detailed molding and its dramatic arched openings. By expanding the lobby to twice its original size, a now inspiring and welcoming lobby lounge pays homage to the era in which the building was constructed and boasts an original decorative stone fireplace and terrazzo floors. In the hallways and stairwells, artwork by local artists hand selected by Prevezanos and his team decks the walls and complements the custom pattern drapery.

The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline encapsulates nine decades of Hollywood history, opening in 1927 as the movie industry took root in Los Angeles. Designed as a 1920’s Mediterranean revival style apartment-hotel, the building was developed through a prolific design-build partnership between contractor Samuel F. Bard & Company and famed architectural designer Lewis A. Smith, behind many of Los Angeles’
first-ever cinemas including the Ritz and Beverly Theater. The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline became home to countless of Los Angeles’ old Hollywood celebrities as they launched their careers to become legendary entertainment figures including Robert Vaughn, Clara Blandick, Aubrey Scotto, Addie McPhail, Ernest (Ernie) Adams, William Edmunds, and Matthew Boulton. The building later continued to be a favorite hangout for Hollywood stars and musicians, including the legendary rock band KISS, who adored the building’s rich history, architectural detail, and supreme location.

Located at 1830 N Cherokee Avenue, The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline is within walking distance to Hollywood’s famed attractions including Vine Street, Hollywood Boulevard, Musso & Frank Grill, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Runyon Canyon and more. With a Walk Score of 96 and proximity to the Metro and 101 Freeway, the centralized location provides easy access to explore the greater Los Angeles region.

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