From the PDC’s colorblock splendor to the boho chic of Melrose, an LA broker finds heavenly inspo in the WeHo design district.
The sprawling Pacific Design Center anchors the West Hollywood Design District with bolts of color.
“Perfectly positioned between Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip and Hollywood, the West Hollywood Design District has so much to offer,” says agent extraordinaire Kofi Nartey, 43. As director of the Sports & Entertainment division at Compass, Nartey brings firsthand experience as a former pro athlete and actor to an elite clientele that includes the world’s top players and Hollywood royalty, many of whom call the WHDD and surrounding neighborhoods home. “The appetite for a culturally rich lifestyle is stronger than ever, and the area delivers with amazing restaurants, shopping, art galleries and world-class designers who have decided to make it their hub.” Nartey takes us on a tour of some of the not-to-be-missed places that give the WHDD its own brand of magic.
01/ Melrose Ave., 323.978.2170) offers a refreshing take on LA Mexican for lunch. And Catch LA (8715 Melrose Ave., 323.347.6060) is the only scene, with great food and an ambiance that really captures LA nightlife.
02/ “A good place to grab a drink and start your evening is The Abbey (692 N. Robertson Blvd., 310.289.8410). The indoor/outdoor-meets-medieval design is pure Hollywood fantasy; they offer a great cocktail menu and the people-watching is supreme.
03/“When it comes to style, I like John Varvatos (8800 Melrose Ave.). They cut for an athletic build, so their clothes fit me right off the rack. If high-end consignment is your thing, The RealReal (8500 Melrose Ave.) is the ticket.”
04/ “As a watch enthusiast, I have two ‘watch guys’ I buy from in Beverly Hills, and in the WHDD, it’s all about Westime Sunset (8569 Sunset Blvd.). They have a great collection of high-end timepieces, offer a multitude of brands— and it’s a good place for celebrity sightings!”
05/ “To appreciate the high design WHDD is famous for, I love the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave.). With a 14-acre campus and iconic buildings designed by César Pelli, the PDC gives you the most bang for your buck. It really anchors the neighborhood. Every quarter, I take my team on a field trip there to see the latest interiors trends!”