Hancock P ark is the area between Wilton, Melrose, Olympic (some would say Wilshire) and La Brea. Hancock Park is several neighborhoods including Windsor Square, Larchmont Village, Brookside Village (sort of), and Hancock Park. Most homes in Hancock Park and Windsor Square were originally built in the 1920s (my favorite era for architecture!) for the city’s elite. There is an actual “Hancock Park” park in Miracle Mile (a few miles west of our neighborhood off Wilshire) on the grounds of LA County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits.
G. Allen Hancock developed most of this area in the 1910’s &1920’s, with his family profits from local oil drilling.
These homes are a treat to see when they are for sale or on a garden tour. When you visit this area, you feel like to have entered a small town – not a city. We have many different styles of homes including: Craftsman, Mediterranean, Spanish Revival, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Traditional, Italianate, French Normandy, English, & California Bungalows.
The central location attracts business owners and professions who only have to commute 15 minutes to the major employment centers such as Downtown, Century City, Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles airport. Freeway access is close/easy (10, 101)
The rich architectural heritage resulted from the Old World craftsmen hired to build these homes and gardens. Architects such as Paul Williams and Wallace Neff designed many of the estates, some of which feature ballrooms, butler’s pantries, elevators, greenhouses and chauffeur’s quarters (and sometimes large basements!). In 2005, the City of Los Angeles designated Hancock Park a Historical Preservation Overlay Zone.
Tons of trees and very little grafiti attest to the work of the numerous homeowner associations which maintain the neighborhood as well as fight zoning infractions and find traffic solutions. Hancock Park is close to several film and television studios, and the associated industry. As a result many film people live in the area. Since the neighborhood offers so many sizes and styles of homes, many films and TV shows are shot right here in Hancock Park, including NCIS – LA at my home!
Larchmont Village, convenient to many of the homes provides the retail amenities for the community. Patrons can shop at antique, jewelry, shoe, stationery and clothing stores, enjoy a range of fine dining or relax with coffee and pastry.
The area is home to the Wilshire Country Club (golf) ,the Mayor of Los Angeles’ official residence, and Marlborough girls’ school and Los Angeles Tennis Club and the Ebell.
Today it is one of the most desirable communities in the country. A community of very upscale, traditional homes. From the more moderately priced bungalows in Larchmont Village to larger two story properties up to estate homes on up to an acre of land.
Go spend a few hours driving/walking/biking this beautiful, diverse neighborhood & be sure to stop on Larchmont for a bite to eat. I have lived here for 15+ years & wouldn’t trade it for anything! Its location is so central & convenient to all LA. Living in the Hancock Park area is ideal.