|paxnarrator (paxnarrator) wrote,|
@ 2010-05-20 08:54:00
Built in the 1920s, Pax was originally a hotel for the members of Southern California's highest social strata. Within recent years, however, the hotel abruptly closed, and in a remarkably short span of time, the building converted to house condominiums. No one can quite pin down who is behind the shell corporation that owns the property.
A single set of doors opens onto the Pax Letale lobby, an expansive, sunny sitting area that serves as a cheerful introduction to the building. Just past a rounded corner, near the front door, there is a desk attended by an impeccably dressed concierge; just past his station, there are easily accessible mail slots.
On the ground floor just beyond the post of the ever-vigilant concierge, there is a wide hall, accessible only with a resident's keycard. Once inside the hall, a door on the left opens onto a well-equipped gym with enough floor space to accommodate occasional fitness and self-defense classes. The right-hand door grants access to the rec room, with an excellent view of the pool.
THE STAIRS AND ELEVATOR
The elevator and stairs are in the northwest corner of the Pax lobby. Stairs are closed in, with cream colored walls on each side, and landings are at the center of each floor, beside the elevator. Beyond the stairs and elevator, on each landing, there is a small laundry room on each floor (the space that had originally been used for vending and ice machines when Pax was a hotel).
Pax is a beachfront property. From the west side of the building, the bay and nearby marina are visible, as is a small island that appears to be completely covered by vegetation in the center of the bay -- a popular 'haunted' spot with locals. A gated, in-ground pool lies between the beach and the rear entrance to the building. Odd number apartments have beach views and will be considered more expensive, regardless of level.
In Pax Letale's original incarnation as a hotel, the tower was not intended as a residence. When it was converted into apartments, the tower became the largest unit in the building with fixtures fit for a king. These days, the tower has been removed from available listings advertised for the complex. Instead, rumors about its purpose and the person who lives there swirl around the community. Some believe Pax Letale's owner lives there, while others think it may simply be building management. No one has ever seen a living person come or go from this floor, but then again, access is only via elevator and requires a special keycard.
T1 Not available
TOP FLOOR (PENTHOUSES)
The Penthouses share identical, expansive floor plans, with sunken living rooms and spacious bedrooms. They boast either new carpet, tile, or hardwood flooring according to the preferences of their respective tenants, and all of them come equipped with custom-made antique brass chandeliers and fixtures. Long windows provide an exceptional view of the horizon.
P1 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
P2 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
P3 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
D FLOOR (Deluxe)
Though not quite as luxe as the Penthouses, the Deluxe units are a class above the standard apartments. They are newly carpeted or tiled and all of them come equipped with upgraded lighting fixtures and spacious floor plans. Windows are twice the size of those in the standard units, though not so long as the Penthouse, and the views are, of course, exquisite.
D1 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
D2 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
D3 Hades & Persephone
D5 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
D6 [Vacant] *Rentable at mod discretion
The lower floors house between seven and nine apartments per floor, with the lower floor apartments being significantly smaller than the ones above. First floor apartments are entirely one bedrooms. Rooms #05-#07 of every floor have the best window views. The lower apartments cost less than the ones near the top of the building, and have less expensive fixtures. In the back of the building a long fire escape zigzags back and forth down to the ground. This is accessible by a long window.
#503 Baron La Croix
#404 Baron Samedi
#405 Uke Mochi
#407 Maman Brigitte
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