Jamison Properties to Build 100-Unit LA Community

Amara will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, including several affordable apartments.

The Amara, located in West Los Angeles, was designed by BSB Design. Image courtesy of Jamison Properties

Jamison Properties, a Los Angeles-based multifamily development company, is building its first project west of the city’s 405 Freeway—a five-story, 100-unit property. The Amara is set to feature a mix of market-rate and affordable units. Located at 11600 W. Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles’ Sawtelle neighborhood, Amara will include one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Situated on a slightly less than 1-acre site at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue, downtown Los Angeles is 13 miles away. The developers received density bonus incentives from the city allowing Jamison to construct a larger structure than permitted under the standard zoning. Nine of the units will be designated affordable for very low-income households for at least 55 years. In November 2021, the developers received a $34.5 million construction loan originated by Comerica Bank, according to Yardi Matrix data. Designed by BSB Design, the distinctive white and orange building will feature subterranean parking for at least 143 vehicles. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, rooftop terrace and private balconies or patios in select units. The property will have solar panels and electric charging stations.

Jamison’s projects

Jamison Properties is the real estate development arm of the Jamison organization, one of the largest private landlords in Los Angeles. The company has delivered some 5,000 multifamily units since 2013 and has about 2,500 apartments under construction. The firm has developed both high-rise and low-rise multifamily properties, mostly in the city’s Koreatown area, but some in Hollywood and East Hollywood as well. In July 2020, Jamison Properties sold The Maya Apartments, a six-story, 72-unit property located at 535 S. Kingsley Drive in Koreatown. Omninet Capital acquired the community for $32.4 million, according to Yardi Matrix data. Jamison had completed the asset in 2018. The Maya was Jamison’s first ground-up multifamily development after several office-to-apartment building conversions. In 2013 the company began conversions with the 127-unit Westmore, a former 12-story office building at 3075 Wilshire Blvd. In 2016, Jamison opened The Abbey, a 110-unit apartment community at 2550 W. Sixth St., the site of a former office and parking building.

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