The Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles has long been famous for resisting gentrification but, as the second most densely populated (after Koreatown) community in the area, big changes are in store to help relieve the overcrowding as well as provide more resources that have typically been lacking. One of the issues has always been a lack of investing in the area and that is about to no longer be a problem. Considering the neighborhood is considered the second most "walkable" in LA, we housesellers would like to highlight what we think will be some of the biggest changes that are being planned to make the community more self-sustaining.

Some of the changes are happening already. The Westlake Theater could have a new owner any day now; the neighborhood’s namesake park is in line for renovations, and another old theater is reopening as a new comedy venue. The biggest change, perhaps, is the plan for the Lake on Wilshire. This development would convert an existing 14-story office building into a hotel and build a multi-cultural center and 41-story apartment tower on Wilshire near Alvarado. The project would bring 478 apartments to the neighborhood (including at least 39 affordable units) and feature ground-floor restaurants and retail spaces.

The 15-story Mayfair Hotel is well into a thorough makeover that’s already updated the 296 available rooms, suites and penthouse suites. The last phase of the renovation will bring a pool and roof deck to the structure sometime in early 2018. Rooms run between $159 and $279 per night.

The Levitt Pavilion's free Summer Concert Series in MacArthur Park has already helped reverse that area's misfortunes and a long proposed $20-million renovation would update the park’s restrooms, build a new boathouse, add workout equipment, improve the entrances, and add a picnic area and outdoor classroom. Urbanize LA reported earlier this year that the city’s Housing and Community Investment Department was pursuing $1.3 million in funding to help bring ADA improvements to the park and kickstart early work on the new boathouse.

Designed by KTGY Architecture, Hope on Alvarado is an 84-unit transitional housing project that will be built out of shipping containers. Developer Aedis Real Estate Group is planning a series of similar shipping container developments to be built across LA over the next year.The four-story building will hold 84 studio and one-bedroom apartments measuring between 400 and 480 square feet. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Holland Partner Group’s 606-apartment complex, Sofia, wrapped up this summer at the intersection of Sixth and Bixel Streets. The six-story project holds a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, plus a 16,500-square-foot grocery store and 25,000 square feet of street-level commercial space at Sixth and Bixel Streets.

A six-story apartment building, called HōM Lofts, would hold 80 market-rate apartments, a rooftop deck and a courtyard for residents. Developed by Sharp Capital Group, the project was anticipated to begin construction in 2016 with completion set for 2018, but city records indicate that building permits have been requested but not yet approved for the project.

Occidental Gardens, the six-story building planned near Occidental Boulevard and Third Street, would hold 47 new apartments, mostly one-bedrooms. Eleven of the apartments would be for low or very low income tenants. Resident parking would be provided by an underground garage. Designed by Chinatown-based Bo.Shi Architects, the project is listed as “under construction” on the architects’ website.

A nine-story building from Amidi Group at 1027 Wilshire has been in the works since 2007 and it appears to finally be getting off the ground. The project would contain a significant 376 live/work apartments, commercial space and resident amenities. The site is a parking lot right now but completion is expected in 2020, says Urbanize LA.

The Seven development would bring a glassy 26-story tower to Seventh Street near Lucas. The tower would hold 241 residential units, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, plus ground-level commercial space. The complex would include six levels of parking, as well. Pangea Development, which is behind the project, expects the structure to be complete in mid-2019.

The above are just a few of the many projects underway that we hope will lead to this vibrant neighborhood enjoying even greater good fortune in the future.