I'd say all around it was a good weekend.

Everyday Saturday morning I like to turn on my laptop and read CNN. This Saturday I open up my laptop and find out from CNN that there's going to be a big protest downtown LA. I thought to myself - Hey - I live downtown LA and I like protesting - but I didn't know about the protest.

It was the biggest thing I'd ever seen. Look! http://la.indymedia.org/

Then came the loft tour.

(Let me just say that getting around LA during the protest was a nightmare, but it was all worth it)

So, my picks for top lofts (regardless of rent or mortgage needs)

1. PE Lofts (http://www.pelofts.com/)
Yes, it's where I live, but after all I saw this weekend, it's still at the top of my list.

2) Sky Lofts (http://www.skylofts.com)
Sweeping views almost made me tear up

3) El Dorado (I can't find the website)
Two Words: Charlie Chaplin

4) Packard Lofts (http://www.packardloftsla.com)
Porches, appliances, layout - all great.

So, there were a couple of big disappointments:
1) Needing to prequalify to get a tour of the place.
2) Not showing amenities
3) Downtown was T R A S H E D on Sunday. T RA S H E D.

There was trash everywhere. The Blue Line train had puke in a few seats, downtown had trash everywhere, and the port-a-potties had garbage out in front of all of them.

I'm not being sarcastic, but if you had 1 or 2 million people converge on downtown on a Saturday, then have the big housing tour the next day...downtown would look a bit wiped out.