Over the President’s day weekend, Claire and I  visited our friend Cindy DeFatta at her uber hip Mid-Wilshire apartment.  Designated as a Los Angeles Cultural Monument, Los Altos has been home to Hollywood royalty since 1926!

exterior Los Altos apartments

Once Cindy escorted us beyond the locked gates to the courtyard, I could see why celebrities such as Marion Davies, Betty Davis, Eva Gardner, Douglas Fairbanks and more called Los Altos home!

Cindy DeFatta realtor

My daughter Claire on the left with my dear friend Cindy DeFatta outside Los Altos entry gate.  Cindy has a place of honor in our family because she and our friend Cammy introduced my husband and I.  Cindy is a wonderful realtor in Los Angeles, and has a long list of happy clients!  If you want to contact Cindy, she would be happy to help you find the home of your dreams!  You can email Cindy DeFatta at ccrealgal@hotmail.com.

Los Altos Apartments Mid-Wilshire

The Spanish Colonial-style building, located at 4121 Wilshire Boulevard, was built in 1925, went bankrupt during the Depression and apparently was in such a state of disrepair that according to LA Weekly,  “the building was so unlivable there were large gaping holes from the fifth floor down to the lobby.” Post-renovation, the apartments feature hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, detailed molding, and original light fixtures and hardware.

Los Altos apartments courtyard fountain


Los Altos apartments lobby fireplace


Los Altos apartments lobby


party at Los Altos courtyard

I loved this photo from the internet of the Los Altos courtyard in full swing during a big party!  Don’t you want to be inside?

Los Altos courtyard lights

All of this has been a build-up for what awaited us inside Cindy’s amazing apartment.  Her flea market decor blends beautifully with the old Hollywood charm of Los Altos.

My next post will feature Cindy’s apartment!

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Until next time…happy decorating!