Zip Codes 90004, 90005, 90020, 90036
Population: Approx 10,000
Median Age: 37
Average Home Price: $1,616,189
Average Price/Foot: $598
Average Days on the Market: 67
Homes sell for 98% of List Price
The area most people call Hancock Park is actually three distinct neighborhood within the Greater Wilshire Hancock Park Area: Hancock Park, Windsor Square, and Larchmont Village.
Hancock Park was developed in the 1920s by the Hancock family with profits earned from oil drilling in the former Rancho LaBrea The area owes its name to developer-philanthropist George Allan Hancock, who subdivided the property in the 1920s. Hancock Park is known for sophisticated and historic architecture that includes Tudor, English, Spanish Colonial, and Mediterranean built by some of the more famous architects like Paul Williams and Wallace Neff. The tree lined streets are wide and no marred by power lines (which are buried). A drive through Hancock Park is a bit like driving through a Norman Rockwell painting but without being kitschy.
Windsor Square is desirable enclave within Hancock Park that runs from Wilshire on the South to Beverly Boulevard on the North, and from Arden Boulevard on the West to Van Ness Avenue on the East. This is inclusive of the one-block strip of Larchmont Village, between First Street and Beverly Boulevard. Windsor Square’s homes have the same historic value as in Hancock Park, but most of the homes are built on bigger lots and they fall into an HPOZ (historic preservation overlay zone). Windsor Square consists of approximately 1,100 homes, and it is one of the oldest, most well preserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With its broad lawns, mature trees and central location five miles west of downtown, Windsor Square is a garden oasis in the heart of a world-class city.
Larchmont is located directly south of Hollywood and east of Hancock Park. The epicenter of Larchmont Village are the shops on Larchmont Boulvard between 3rd street and Beverly. The village offers an eclectic mix of kids clothing stores, boutiques, restaurants, coffee and juice shops, wonderful old school book stores and a news stand. They also have a weekly Farmer’s Market. Larchmont Boulevard has a small town-y feel and reminds me of many of the streets you’d find in the Hamptons.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually.
Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits represent the only consistently-active and urban Ice Age excavation site in the world. This makes it a unique on-site museum — a place where fossils are discovered, prepared, and displayed in one place.Human beings are connected — to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth. As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. This understanding, in the context of the history of the Earth and its inhabitants, guides our approach to investigation and interpretation.
Mid Wilshire Library offers a plethora of learning activities for kids including Baby’s Story Time, and a weekend class on Gardening.
Larchmont has many great restaurants from a quick lunch place in Lemonade to a uplifting vegan experience at Cafe Gratitude and for the foodies there is Providence or Mozza. One of my favorites is a Coffee + Food at the corner of Melrose and Larchmont, although if you are on the hunt for a juice, coffee or light bite you will find it all in Larchmont Village.
In addition to numerous private schools in the area the residents of the Greater Wilshire – Hancock Park area are zoned to the following LAUSD schools:
· Van Ness Avenue Elementary
· Third Street Elementary
· Wilshire Crest Elementary
· Queen Anne Place Elementary
· Wilshire Park Elementary
· Vine Street Elementary
· Charles H. Kim Elementary
· John Burroughs Middle
· Hubert Howe Bancroft
· Joseph Le Conte
· Fairfax Senior High
· Los Angeles Senior High
· Helen Bernstein High
For a complete list of public and private schools in the area click here.