One of the decidely rock and roll lifestyle pads available at the Lofts @ Cherokee, an adaptive mixed-use reuse of the famed Cherokee recording studios.
REthink Development One of the decidely rock and roll lifestyle pads available at the Lofts @ Cherokee, an adaptive mixed-use reuse of the famed Cherokee recording studios.

Long Live Rock

Through November 15, the development team of Lofts @ Cherokee Studios—the mixed-use, multifamily adaptive reuse of the famed Cherokee studio space in Los Angeles gunning for Platinum LEED certification—is hosting “Rock and Platinum” public tours of the recently opened community. The first-hand look is being plugged as a design showcase with stops in units outfitted in various rocker themes, including the Alice Cooper Lair, the David Bowie Bachelor Pad, and the 30 Seconds to Mars Penthouse. The work/live building developed by Culver City, Calif.-based REthink Development and designed by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh + Scarpa Architects features twelve residential condominium loft units, two with recording studios evoking the building’s history as Cherokee Studios, which boasted recording clients including Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, legendary Beatles producer George Martin, and Michael Jackson. Proceeds from the $10 tickets for the "Rock and Platinum" tours will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.

Completely Batty

Residents at a San Antonio apartment complex got an early Halloween scare last week when bats began appearing in units across the Cielo Hills Apartments community. According to a report by KENS Channel 5 news in San Antonio, resident Sharon Scott was watching her grandson when a bat—her fifth one spotted that morning—landed near the 18-month-old toddler. Scott told KENS that she’s lived at the apartment complex for two years and commonly sees bats flying outside but that this was the first time the furry fliers made an in-unit appearance, although Scott’s neighbor Ezette Courtney has also reportedly seen bats flying inside her apartment. An Animal Care Services officer summoned by Scott showed up to remove the bat and will have it tested for rabies. According to animal control experts, bats shouldn't be allowed to dwell near where people live due to the possibility of rabies transmission and other health threats. Property managers at Cielo Hills told KENS they were unaware of the bat problem. Likewise the San Antonio Housing Authority—which has placed several residents at the property—said they had not received any formal complaints.

So Easy a Caveman Could Do It

Merchant builders closing down development arms and looking to jump into fee management—this book’s for you. From the book series that includes tutorials on everything from computer software to badminton comes The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Success as a Property Manager. Written by San Diego-based PRANDI Property Management owner Melissa Prandi with Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based journalist Lisa Iannucci, the multifamily installment to the Idiot’s Guide series promises to help harried on-site professionals keep priorities straight with practical advice about education, certifications, and licenses; information about regulations, finances, taxes, and safety codes; sections on the various interpersonal skills necessary to “deal with every tenant and situation;” and helpful hints for managing time, prioritizing duties, and supervising staff. The publishers say the book will help both veteran and beginning property managers find success for the low, low price of $19.95.

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