Living the Rental Luxe Life

High-end comfort and convenience isn’t just for homeowners

Most apartment dwellers count themselves lucky if there’s a washing machine on the property. By that standard, living in one of a growing crop of new luxury apartment complexes is like winning the Super Lotto. Take, for example, 8500 Burton Way in Beverly Hills, where renters shell out at least $5,500 a month. Perks include a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz S550 (for trips within a six-mile radius), a full-time concierge team (they once planned a resident’s 30th birthday party—in Greece), and in-room meals from Suzanne Goin’s Larder of Beverly Hills, which is on the ground floor of the futuristic building.

Three miles to the east, the year-old Broadstone Candara in Hancock Park offers Old Hollywood glamour without wthe ancient stucco. The Moorish compound, whose units run from $2,300 (for a studio) to $5,900 (a two-bedroom), is dotted with fountains, alfresco dining areas, and other serene features. The remaining amenities tip toward the social, with monthly happy hours and brunches in the Enchanted Fig kitchen and bar space.

Don’t feel like decorating? At the Level downtown, which opened last fall, every unit in the 33-floor skyscraper—from the $4,500 one-bedroom to the $25,000 three-bedroom suite—is outfitted with sleek contemporary furniture, SubZero and Bosch appliances, and smart TVs. Glass walls create an effect not unlike perching in an eagle’s aerie, with mountain vistas and Instagram-worthy sunsets. The rent covers all utilities, once-a-week housekeeping, and a full-time concierge, extras that have already lured vacationing Middle Easterners in the summer and well-heeled Chinese students from USC in the fall.

Resident Amanda Gullickson toured with an amateur basketball team before becoming a fashion model. So she’s thrilled with the full-size basketball court that shares the Level roof with a 24-hour gym, spa, infinity-edge pool, fireplace, and multiple barbecues and cabanas. “I lived in New York, and this is the closest taste of that city you can get here,” Gullickson, who is 20, says of her one-bedroom abode—and the fact that she can walk to Staples Center, not to mention a variety of great restaurants and the Whole Foods around the corner. She has more time for all that, too, since someone else is doing the vacuuming.