The sprawling green lawns, mature trees, quiet streets and central location are a hallmark of this most Intact Historic Neighborhood in the Nation, as it was named in 2007 by The Historic Resources Survey. Developed in the 1920s, by the Hancock family, with profits earned from oil drilling, the rich architectural heritage resulted from the Old World craftsmen hired to construct these homes and gardens. Outstanding architects such as Paul Williams and Wallace Neff designed many of the estates.
Today it is one of the most desirable communities in the country, evoking memories of lives once lived that we now only see in films and in the books we read and giving off an almost majestic ambience. 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.
The Civic Center, Century City, Beverly Hills, the Airport and closer Freeway access are all within our reach when we leave the serenity of our quiet oasis in Hancock Park and head out into the busy, active world awaiting us, we do it with a smile though, knowing what we have to come back to.
Photography by Everett Fenton Gidley