The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline is L.A.’s Newest Classic Following $10M Renovation


Los Angeles has no shortage of exquisitely maintained historic architecture, and with the rise of renovated properties-turned-hospitality destinations, visitors and locals get to immerse themselves in the art of a bygone era. Icon L.A. sites like the famed Hollywood Roosevelt have updated and upgraded to the 21st century, and downtown gems like Hotel Figueroa and The Mayfair have been completely reborn in recent years. Now, the city has a new classic to admire after its $10M renovation: The Commodore of Hollywood by Wilshire Skyline.

As the former home to countless actors throughout Hollywood’s heyday, the 1927 building is infused with nostalgia, but the new enhancements bring the Mediterranean Revival-style apartment-hotel into the present. Originally designed by Lewis A. Smith (the man behind many of Los Angeles’ first-ever cinemas including the Ritz and Beverly Theater), the property was recently restored and modernized by Jonathan Watts of Killefer Flammang Architects.

The Commodore of Hollywood is now offering fully flexible accommodations ranging from traditional unfurnished apartments to fully furnished hospitality living for $149 a night or $99 for guests of residents. The building is made up of 64 reimagined studios and one-bedroom pet-friendly residences and nine hotel-style accommodations ranging from 350 to 810 square feet. To style the new digs, Watts collaborated with interior designer Christos Prevezanos of Studio Preveza, the talent behind Villa Carlotta.

The design-focused refresh retains the building’s historic charm while introducing modern, must-have details and features. The grand lobby offers an inviting space for socializing while the residences include everything from new grade-A stainless appliances to restored original hardwood floors and nine-foot-plus ceilings. Building amenities include on-site laundry, Wi-Fi, secured parking, and a high-tech fitness center debuting this summer.

An enormously refreshing twist on this tale of transformation is that the property’s longstanding tenants were kept top of mind throughout the process. The developer, Wilshire Skyline, went to great lengths to avoid displacing residents, kept rent stable throughout the construction, and hired professional movers to temporarily relocate and return tenants’ back to the building. For anyone unsatisfied with those measures and the Wilshire Skyline relocated residents to vacant units in their other managed buildings rent-free. As long-term tenants now return to the completed property, they’re welcome to access all the new amenities and hospitality-like concierge services and offerings. Did we mention the property is rent-controlled?

The Hollywood Commodore is located at 1830 N. Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. To learn more, visit