MWest Holdings Acquires Iconic Apartment Block


LOS ANGELES (February 6, 2014) — MWest Holdings, a private real estate investment firm, today announced the acquisition of the Grafton Lofts (formerly known as the Gallery Row Apartments), a historic 44 unit apartment building located in the vibrant neighborhood of Echo Park. The brick and stone building consists of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, with top floor units offering beautiful panoramic views of the hillsides of Echo Park. President of MWest Holdings, Karl Slovin, states: “Properties with a sense of history and place are what excite us at MWest. We believe our residents also respond to these qualities. I simply love this older building, the sense of community it's retail spaces give this strip of Echo Park Avenue. We want to maintain and preserve its iconic architectural character and the established neighborhood charm.”

Echo Park is one of the oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods of Los Angeles and contains significant landmarks such as the Edendale Film Studios, Elysian Park, the Baxter Stairway, Angelino Heights, and Dodger Stadium. Echo Park was founded in the late 1880s by Thomas Kelley a carriage maker and real estate developer who purchased 70 acres of undeveloped land. The area was nicknamed Echo Park after workers building the original reservoir said their voices echoed off the canyon walls. Due to its proximity to Downtown, Hollywood, and Silver Lake, Echo Park has seen significant activity over the last 5 years; MWest believes this trend will continue.

Grafton Lofts residents have easy access to Echo Park’s most popular boutiques, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The property is within easy walking distance to Sunset Blvd and is less than a 10-minute drive to the exciting nightlife in downtown Los Angeles. MWest’s Senior Asset Manager, Andrew Paulson, stated, “Los Angeles is experiencing an irreversible relocation to the urban core and Grafton Lofts is ideally situated at the center of the metro’s urban in-migration. We expect that the property’s location, historic design, transit accessibility, walkable retail and entertainment amenities will identify Grafton Lofts as the premier residential building within Echo Park.”

MWest holdings will rebrand the property Grafton Lofts after the Grafton Street intersection where the building is located. As part of the rebranding process, MWest will be restoring the interior corridors and unit interiors to their original finish.

About MWest Holdings: MWest Holdings is an experienced real estate investment company with over 2 million square feet of residential and commercial property across the United States. Founded in 1991, MWest is known for creating innovative development solutions that instill a sense of neighborhood and integrity and create a lasting, tangible value. As a highly successful and stable owner of real estate, MWest has continually employed sound business practices, low leverage, and stringent underwriting guidelines for each investment opportunity. The company's success is anchored in a philosophy that imagination is the only limiting factor to growth.

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