Noted performing artist and painter Glugio “Gronk” Nicandro has lived in downtown Los Angeles since 1977 before loft developments began to draw the LA urban dweller to the area. Now living in a converted bank building with over 2,600 square feet, Gronk enjoys the sights, sounds and diversity of the streets of downtown LA.
Influenced by surrealism and German expressionism, Gronk’s paintings reflect Chicano traditions while commenting on themes of ethnic identity, high and pop culture, romantic love and mortality. His works have been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
When discussing his enjoyment of living downtown Gronk points out that within a few blocks of each other, depending on where you start, there’s Chinatown, Little Tokyo, skid row, and the Hill Street jewelry district.
Laker and King’s fans are all too familiar with Staples arena, next to LA Live with restaurants, clubs, hotels, and entertainment venues for enjoyment. You can go to a Laker game, enjoy dinner, and walk or take a short ride home if you reside in the area. Clubs and bars are a bit more upscale than they have been in the past, and more middle class buyers are moving in to the area. For those who enjoy the theatre, downtown is home to the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 1998 there were 18,000 downtown residents. Today there are 45,000.
For those newcomers concerned about safety, there are eight Business Improvement Districts, all with security patrols on the street and plenty of people walking their dogs throughout the day and evening. Of course, with the density of the downtown environment, a louder “hum” from the streets goes with the turf. But if you like urban living there’s plenty of loft living to from which to choose. ..just give us call.