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Haute time in the city

Times Staff Writer

The kitchen remodel on your Bel-Air mansion isn’t quite finished. You’re sick of the construction crews, the dust, the noise. Pack up some clothes and head this summer to a fully furnished luxury apartment in town. Some options:

$15,250

At Villa Malibu, your apartment includes catered Sunday brunch, a chauffeur and a beach porter who will drive you to and from the waves. He’ll set up your umbrella and your lounge chairs, and even run to the grocery store for snacks. No word on whether the rent for a three-bedroom furnished unit also includes a hunk to help you lather on the suntan lotion.

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$12,900

At Blu on Wilshire Boulevard, you can rub shoulders with the elite of 90210 and party like one too. Blu’s “lifestyle connoisseur” can help get you that last-minute reservation at Katsuya or into the hottest nightclub in town. To help you recover from your hangover, the “wellness coordinator” will fetch your organic groceries or find that perfect yoga instructor. A two-bedroom furnished apartment, per month: $12,900.

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$25,000

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Luxury sunbathing? Is there such a thing? The folks at Irvine Co.'s 1212 Ocean in Santa Monica say there is. Bask by the swimming pool overlooking the Pacific and have the butler fetch some chilled lemonade and frozen chocolate. Or go all out and order a mini-manicure or foot massage. One month in the three-bedroom, unfurnished penthouse: $25,000.

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$16,000

Catering to Carrie Bradshaws. At the Crescent Beverly Hills, the city’s newest apartments in the Golden Triangle -- a shopper’s paradise bordered by Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Rexford Drive -- a valet will park your car when you drive up to the lobby. For $16,000 a month, rent an 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with a den.

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Big Spender looks at the big business of catering to those with cash to burn. See more at www.latimes.com/bigspender. Send ideas to bigspender@latimes.com.


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