Tired of being harassed by that gaggle of photographers outside your house? Then here's the place for you:
The developers of a luxury condominium high-rise in Westwood have come up with a new way to entice wealthy buyers: paparazzi-proof living.The Carlyle Residences, a 24-story tower under construction on Wilshire Boulevard, bills itself as the first building specifically designed to thwart prying lenses. Promotional materials for the property, which is set to open next year, promise round-the-clock patrols by "Israeli-trained VIP" security guards, private elevators that open directly into apartments, and high hedges that shield the swimming pool and yoga lawn from shutterbugs. Even the shape of the tower, a crescent, is advertised as an anti-paparazzi device. According to the developer, it minimizes views into the Carlyle from neighboring buildings.Thomas Elliott, chief operating officer for Elad Properties West, said the company was responding to complaints from celebrities and elected leaders about aggressive tabloid photographers."We are reaching out to the Hollywood community to do what we can to ensure their safety and security," he said.