LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2015) -  Developed by Wood Partners, LLC, 8th + Hope, a 22-story, 290-unit luxury glass high-rise in the South Park district, has been honored as Los Angeles' 2015 Multifamily Project of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and was recently given a Los Angeles Downtown News Downtowners of Distinction award, recognizing "notable projects that help drive downtown's economic engine."

Wood Partners recently sold 8th + Hope -- one of the first post-recession high-rises to be built and sold in downtown Los Angeles -- to Essex Property Trust for $200 million, the highest price ever paid per square foot for a multifamily property in downtown Los Angeles.

"We're pleased and honored to see that 8th + Hope is being recognized for its important contribution to downtown revitalization," said Brian Hanson, Wood Partner's development director for California. "The high-rise has an ideal combination of outdoor amenities and a vibrant urban environment, 8th+ Hope is perfect for the young professionals who are flocking to downtown Los Angeles."

In announcing the Multifamily Project of the Year Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal stated that 8th + Hope "is enjoying great success and accelerated leasing while enhancing and connecting to the surrounding downtown L.A. community with its arts-focused Ground Floor Project."

The Ground Floor Project is a Wood Partners initiative that is also being implemented in Seattle, San Francisco and Portland developments. This first-of-its-kind community partnership unites arts education nonprofits, prominent individuals and other stakeholders within downtown and greater Los Angeles to promote both culture and community. The structural design of 8th + Hope features a convertible street-level space that offers a platform for emerging local culture within music, theater, dance, visual art, craft and culinary art.

"8th + Hope is a multifamily project many thought would never come to fruition," Los Angeles Downtown News stated in announcing the Downtowners of Distinction award. "Wood Partners bought the site before the recession and saw its plans delayed. However, the team never gave up and now has achieved its vision."

8th + Hope is an integral part of revitalization efforts in downtown Los Angeles, which has seen a surge of commercial and residential development as well as entertainment venues in recent years.

About Wood Partners
Wood Partners is a national real estate company that acquires, develops, constructs and property manages high density and mixed-use communities. It ranks consistently among the top five multifamily developers in the country. Through quality construction, responsible land development and intelligent design, our communities reflect the aesthetic and social fabric of the community and provide a luxurious living experience at a fair price. The company has been involved in the acquisition and development of more than 53,000 homes with a combined value of more than $8.3 billion nationwide. The company currently owns more than 75 properties with a combined total of 21,000+ units. Wood Partners has offices in 18 major markets nationwide including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Delray Beach/South Florida, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York, Southern California, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. To learn more about Wood Partners, please visit our website, www.woodpartners.com and follow our social media accounts, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Apartment Life Blog.