Millennial Kitchens are For Looking and Not Cooking

1920s Small Duplex Kitchen Hollywood

1920s Small Duplex Kitchen, Hollywood

Kitchens, even in apartments, were an important room in the old days.  Prior to the 1950s, apartments had large kitchen with space for a breakfast table (see above picture).

After 1940s and on, kitchen were relegated to galleys with maybe a pass thru eating bar.  But the kitchen was still large enough to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner (see pictures below).

1960 Galley Kitchen

1960 Galley Kitchen

 

1960s Apartment Kitchen With Pass Thru

1960s Apartment Kitchen With Pass Thru

Now developers are again shrinking the apartment kitchen further. Kitchens are are no longer hidden in a separate room or a galley but front and center in the great room.  Many millennials no longer cook meals but bring home takeout, throw something into the microwave or toaster over, or eat out.  The kitchen’s have been reduced to grand coffee bars.  Kitchens must look better than before.  Kitchen are showpieces with contemporary cabinets, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances (see pictures below).

 

2013 Renovated Kitchen of the Above 1920 Duplex Kitchen

2013 PMI/Adaptive Kitchen in the  1920 renovated Hollywood Duplex above

2014 Renovated Apartment Kitchen

2014 PMI/Adaptive Renovated Apartment Kitchen, Echo Park

2013-04-03 19.14.37Kitchen In New Stella Apartments, Marina Del Rey

New Icis Apartments Glendale

New Icis Apartments Glendale

New Eleve Lofts Glendale

New Eleve Lofts Glendale

Bellevue Lofts Echo Park

Bellevue Lofts Echo Park

New Wilshire Vermont Apartments, Koreatown

New Wilshire Vermont Apartments, Koreatown

Kitchen in the hallway at Luxe on 4th Street, Santa Monica

Kitchen in the hallway at Luxe on 4th Street, Santa Monica

 

7950 Sunset, West Hollywood

7950 Sunset, West Hollywood

Station House  San Francisco

Station House
San Francisco

Avalon Apartments, San Francisco

Avalon Apartments, San Francisco

The Affordable Housing Dilemma in Los Angeles

The market for affordable rental properties in the greater Los Angeles area has become a tricky question with an increasingly problematic solution.  If you are lucky enough to get a tip about a reasonably priced dwelling, chances are hundreds of other people did too– and you might just be too late.  The demand for affordable housing in Los Angeles outweighs the quantity that is actually available. The lack of sensibly priced rental properties has become somewhat precarious for residents.  Some people are going to extreme measures to provide what they consider as affordable housing.  One the other hand, some disagree that these properties are too small and crowded.  They feel that the landlords of these buildings are walking the line of illegal and immoral activities.  Hopefully the L.A. Housing Authority will step in and prevent this from happening again.

There are people taking the lack of space in Los Angeles to a whole new level. A person converted a single family home into multiple apartments where 44 people lived for rents as high as $500 per month.  This article explains the situation that occurred in South Los Angeles.  Check it out to read the entire story from the L.A. Times.