When the owners of Dangerbird Records took over a former Silver Lake furniture store, they hired local architect Barbara Bestor to remake the Sunset Boulevard building into a free-flowing compound that suited the up-and-coming indie music company. But times have been tough in the music business since Dangerbird, which is home to such acts as Silversun Pickups, moved into the new office about three years ago. There have been cutbacks and management changes, including the recent departure of co-founder Jeff Castelaz, who now heads Elektra Records. Now, 3,120 square-feet of space in the Dangerbird compound is up for lease, according to LoopNet.
The asking rent for the space, which comes with a combination of private offices and a shared work space, comes out to more than $10,000 a month. The listing raises the possibility that it can serve other uses. “This location is considered ground zero for Silver Lakes trendy restaurants and coffee houses within walking distance,” said the listing.
An employee with Dangerbird said the company will remain in the building, which is located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lucille Avenue. “We are simply looking for another tenant for our available space,” she said.
Bestor focused the corner building inward, eliminating many of the picture windows and covering those that remained with perforated metal louvers. Inside, the office space for the indie music company overlooks a sunken, outdoor patio with basketball court. The outdoor part of the compound proved a popular spot, Castelaz said in a story about the Dangerbird compound in Style Section L.A.:
I work out on the b-ball court twice a week — core strength training, stuff that makes me hurt for days. So I’d call it a “torture pit.” It’s a great space to just be in. It’s about eight feet below Sunset Boulevard, so you get a feeling of being away from the action, but you can still see it if you want. Some of our colleagues have started venturing to the back yard to have lunch, and there’s been a major movement within the staff to have meetings out there rather than sitting in someone’s office or the conference room. It’s kind of like going to the park to have a meeting.