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Cultural creatives flock to downtown L.A. and The Emerson, the area's premier luxury rental residences

DTLA's cultural core attracts food and art lovers looking for endless inspiration.

The opening of The Broad, the contemporary art museum located in the heart of Los Angeles' cultural epicenter, marks the latest milestone in the transformation of Bunker Hill. Vespaio, which opened in June, further enhanced the culinary offerings of the vibrant neighborhood. Solidifying what L.A.'s premier cultural creatives have already discovered, downtown Los Angeles has become a haven for food and art lovers and an extremely desirable residential neighborhood.

The pace of leasing at The Emerson, the neighborhood's premier residential building located just steps from The Broad, underscores the allure of the lively neighborhood for culture cravers and foodies alike. Evolving beyond the artist loft concept, many from the creative community are drawn to The Emerson's stunning luxury apartments by premier real estate developer Related California and its unprecedented array of amenities, level of service and proximity to L.A.'s best cultural attractions. Just steps from The Broad, MOCA and Disney Concert Hall, The Emerson is situated in the center of downtown L.A.'s booming cultural core.

Nestled on the ground level of The Emerson, the newly opened and highly acclaimed restaurant Vespaio, from chef Agostino Sciandri, offers an unparalleled dining experience. Vespaio serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to both residents and downtowners alike. Residents can enjoy exclusive food services including special discounts on seasonal offerings, access to in-room dining and catering for on-site events in the property's extraordinary amenity spaces, including the penthouse lounge and terrace. Otium, chef Timothy Hollingsworth's highly anticipated dining destination, will also be opening directly adjacent to The Emerson, giving residents access to two of the hottest restaurants in L.A. Located in the residential epicenter of the neighborhood, The Emerson is the ideal place for residents seeking cultural inspiration. The property is a model location for residents looking to spend their mornings in an art gallery and their evenings at a play.

"The Emerson takes great pride in the people who reside here and make up the cultural fabric of downtown Los Angeles," said Gino Canori, executive vice president of development for Related California Residential. "Related continues to succeed in creating an environment that draws a rich tapestry of residents to live at our premier downtown residences."

A glimpse at the diverse and dynamic group can be found below:

The Sommelier:
Otium sommelier Elizabeth Huettinger recently moved into The Emerson after seeing how the building provides everything she looks for in a home. When she's not at work, Elizabeth can be found hosting wine tasting night in her home or at The Emerson's stunning rooftop penthouse, with expansive views of downtown L.A. and the Hollywood sign. From the property's pool where she spends her Sunday afternoons to the respite from downtown that her building provides, Elizabeth believes in the importance of having a home you feel good about.

The Nightclub Owner:
Resident Olivier Bader manages the historic Globe Theatre, only a few streets away from The Emerson. After renovating the theatre for the last two years, the team's vision was to bring a bit of the legendary European nightlife to Los Angeles with Ibiza DJs, Cirque du Soleil performers and more. Having debuted as a cultural destination and thriving nightclub, the theater hearkens back to its illustrious past with live nightly performances, designed to transport and dazzle the crowds. Living at The Emerson provides Olivier the opportunity to ride his bike to work, never needing his car to get to his "office." As the theater's manager, Olivier surrounds himself with interesting people residing in DTLA, providing him inspiration for future performances to host.

The Parisian Art Collectors & Gallerinas:
Parisian art collectors Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird also call The Emerson their home, filled with pieces from their part-gallery, part-boutique Please Do Not Enter. The art curators have carefully collected contemporary pieces that attract the diverse crowd of DTLA. When the two moved to the Los Angeles, they immediately knew the up-and-coming neighborhood was about to take off. Their apartment overlooks the Disney Hall and the new Broad Museum, offering inspiration from the bustling city.

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About Related California:
Related California, the West Coast affiliate of Related Companies, is a fully integrated real estate firm that develops multifamily residential and mixed-use properties in California. Since 1989, Related California has undertaken a range of transformational developments from best-in-class luxury high-rise residential properties to the redevelopment of obsolete public housing, spanning a broad spectrum of urban infill, affordable, mixed-income and market rate multifamily developments. The company has completed more than 9,800 residences and has a track record of consistently developing communities that represent industry benchmarks in design, construction, sustainability and property management.

Related California has a long history of community partnership, having collaborated with more than 20 municipalities and more than 25 non-profit organizations throughout California. Related California has successfully developed and managed a broad range of property types throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Related California has developed more than $2.9 billion in assets. For more information about Related California, visit

About Related:
Related Companies is the most prominent privately owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi, London, São Paulo and Shanghai and boasts a team of approximately 3,000 professionals. The Company's existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over $20 billion, is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Related has developed preeminent mixed-use projects such as Time Warner Center in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach and is currently developing the 28-acre Hudson Yards project on Manhattan's West Side. Related also manages approximately $3 billion of equity capital on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, public pension plans, multi-managers, endowments, and family offices.

Related is staunchly committed to sustainable design with over $15 billion in green development completed or underway. Related also owns Equinox® Fitness Clubs, further expanding the company's capabilities into the health and fitness arena and enhancing the value of its properties through an exclusive, branded amenity and lifestyle offering. Related is a partner in Union Square Events, the catering, culture, sports, and events business of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and CORE, a boutique residential brokerage. For more information about Related Companies, please visit