Silicon Beach's creative office boom has officially hit Playa Del Rey.  When we last checked in on the Strand Offices in September 2013, the low-rise development's wood skeleton was still taking form.  Ten months later, the twin three-story structures are clad in plaster and wood paneling, closely resembling architectural renderings from the MiKA Design Group.

The $6 million development from Cove Spring Partners consists of 10,000 square feet of office space and parking accommodations for 32 vehicles.  Located at 311 and 315 Culver Boulevard, the buildings are situated less than a ten-minute walk from the beach, along a corridor rich with retail and restaurant establishments. 

Although Playa Del Rey has thus far retained its mid-century identity as a quaint, beachfront community, the Strand Offices may be a harbinger of the neighborhood's future.  The colossal Playa Vista campus looms one mile east, comprising more than 1,000 acres of residential, office and retail uses.  Two blocks west of the Strand, the controversial Legado Del Mar development is planned for a triangular-shaped property bounded by Culver Boulevard, Pacific Avenue and Vista Del Mar.


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Beverly Hilton Development Takes a Step Forward

Local developer hopes to build a 23-story condo tower adjacent to the iconic hotel.

Two years after rejection at the ballot box, developer Beny Alagem is trying a more traditional route toward developing a high-rise condo tower adjacent to the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Earlier this year, Alagem filed for an amendment to the Beverly Hilton Specific Plan, which governs the buildable area on the triangular parcel at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.  While a portio