Five-story apartment planned for residential area in Westwood

LuMar’s Babak Nehoray with 10756 W Wilkins Ave (Avvo, Labyrinth)

A development team wants to tear down a single-family home in Westwood and build a five-story building in its place.

Plans for the project were filed in late April and hit Los Angeles City Planning records this week.

It is developed in part by LuMar Corporation, a Los Angeles company that has built various condominiums and homes on the Westside; Labyrinth Design Studio, a Westside-based architecture and development firm, is designing the project.

The property is located at 10756 West Wilkins Avenue in a residential area of ​​Westwood. The three-bedroom, 2,100-square-foot home that sits on the lot was built in 1936 and last altered in 1978, records show.

The house was involved in a three-plot sale in 2019, and soon after it was snapped up by husband and wife Karim Makarehchi and Tahereh Korani for $1.6 million. Makarehchi and Korani then transferred ownership to two LLCs in March; Makarehchi and Babak Nehoray, the chairman of LuMar, are both listed as owners on the project application. The applicant for the project is Pouya Payan, the owner of Labyrinth.

The 11,300 square foot construction will include seven units plus an ADU, depending on the project request, and one level of underground parking. Part of the fifth floor will be used as an open-air terrace.

Renderings show a sleek, modern building with a white and gray facade and curved balconies. The project is applying for exemptions under Los Angeles’ Transit Oriented Communities program, which provides density and other bonuses to buildings near public transit.

Westwood has long ranked among the most expensive neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Earlier this year, a market report found it had a median sale price of $3.4 million, slightly above the median from Santa Monica, but less than half the median price in nearby Beverly Hills.