Today we're beginning a new feature
here at ATLA. Titled Complex Love
, every week we'll explore some of Southern California's more unique, historical and design notable apartment complexes strewn throughout our city's borders and beyond. We kick off with the Tahitian Village Apartments
in the city of Reseda, an apartment complex whose polynesian pedigree still shines despite its state of disrepair.
Complex Love is a photographic celebration of Southern California's unique apartment architecture history. Live in or nearby an apartment complex of notable or unusual design? Please submit photos and information to gregory (at) apartmenttherapy (dot) com.
There's still plenty to love about this polynesian themed complex, from its dual A-Frame entry, wooden entry bridge, porthole windows, lava rock facade, tropical foliage, tiki gods statues (unfortunately the 1994 Northridge earthquake destroyed two of the large entry figures), carved wooden beams, and of course, a wealth of palm trees.
Initially, I suspiciously milled about outside the entryway, wondering how to sneak past the security gate into the courtyard, plotting how to slip through the open gate after an exiting resident. Then I realized the door was open and walked right into an exotic architectural time capsule. Investigative reporting at its finest!
Love these shuttered doors. I'd like to imagine cocktails and Martin Denny tunes await behind both doors.
The courtyard is fairly well intact, with colourful spear and shield emblems adorning the surrounding railing, tiki gods glaring from the corners of the courtyard, and an inviting pool that must have been the place to be during its heydays. It's unfortunate the exterior facade and entry is faring poorly due to neglect, with any empty entrance pond, a patchy and dying lawn that seems equally covered in dog poop than grass, and a roof that definitely has seen better days. But we're glad the Tahitian Village Apartments
survives, a wonderful reminder that apartment complexes can be more than just "affordable housing".