Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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THE SOPHISTICATED SIDE OF SOUTH BAY westdri Manhattan Beach makes it easy to take advantage of one of Los Angeles' best beach communities Written by Caylee Matthews Los Angeles is a land of contradictions. It's a place where dreams are made and summarily crushed, where the aura of Old Hollywood glamour is juxtaposed with gritty post-industrial neighborhoods, and where endlessly gridlocked roads lead to beaches teeming with surfers and hillside trails offering an escape from the hustle and bustle. e newly opened westdrift hotel in Manhattan Beach fits into this paradigm. e vast expanse of sand dunes that once defined this LA suburb have been supplanted by some of the priciest real estate in the United States. From the outside, the design of the hotel is in keeping with the other similarly-scaled office buildings that surround it, but once you step inside, any parallels between its neighbors quickly vanish. Stepping into the soaring lobby, the eye is drawn to the vibrant greens of a nine-hole golf course in the hotel's backyard, a literal oasis in a concrete jungle. ere is a pared-down punchiness to the open-concept lobby, where vibrant paintings by Eric Zener are the real star. His photorealistic interpretations of vintage beachgoers are rendered in technicolor hues that would make Hollywood proud. 33

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