Our My Life at The Ritz series takes a look at the extraordinary individuals who call The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE home and discover what they love about living in Downtown Los Angeles. Today we feature Larry Keele, a principal and fund manager at Oaktree Capital Management and a passionate LA sports fan, who became a resident of The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE earlier this year.
What is your number one tip for someone who is visiting Downtown Los Angeles?
Larry Keele: If you have a chance, you have to visit STAPLES Center for a sports game. It’s one of the most exciting things about this city, and it’s the perfect exposure to L.A. LIVE. Whether it’s a Lakers, Clippers or Kings game, or all games, you have to go. It’s the best way to break in a trip to DTLA.
What are 5 words that best describe L.A. LIVE?
LK: Dynamic. Exciting. Great people watching. Variety of restaurants. OK, I’m cheating because that’s more than 5 words, but my favorite part is people watching – it’s amazing to see the different crowds of people that come out to the different events around here. The Lakers’ crowd is completely different than the Kings’ crowd, and so forth.
What is your favorite place to dine in Downtown LA?
LK: WP24. I love both the lounge and dining room experience. Both are really great.
What is the one thing you’d most like to see come to Downtown LA?
LK: Isn’t that obvious? An NFL stadium and pro-football team!
Finish this sentence: I love living in Downtown LA because…
LK: I love living in Downtown LA because of its central location and convenience to all other cities of LA – it’s a straight shot to the beach, LAX, the Hollywood Bowl. That’s my favorite part about this neighborhood.
What is your perfect day in Downtown LA?
LK: My perfect day would be on a Sunday. I’d wake up to catch breakfast in the Champions Lounge, then make my way to the rooftop pool (photo, at right) with a mimosa to catch the morning rays. Then I’d head over to STAPLES for a daytime Clippers game. You have to cheer for LA’s teams. I’d probably want to go home for a quick nap after that, and head over to WP24 for small bites before I go back to STAPLES for the evening Lakers game. And after they win, I’d go over to Lucky Strike for a cocktail. That’s the perfect day.
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