While Los Angeles has no shortage of historic districts and magnificent homes, Hancock Park truly stands apart. Quiet streets, mature trees, and a central location are neighborhood hallmarks, along with the elite lawns of the Wilshire Country Club unfurling through its center. But Hancock Park’s rich architectural heritage is its real claim to fame—in fact, the Historic Resources Survey named it the most Intact Historic Neighborhood in the Nation.
The Hancock family developed the area back in the 1920s, with the help of Old World craftsmen and renowned architects such as Paul Williams and Wallace Neff. Today, Hancock Park is one of the city’s most desirable communities. Many of its grand houses and stately mansions have stood proudly for nearly a century, protected by the neighborhood’s designation as a Historical Preservation Overlay Zone, as well as its residents’ devotion to the preservation of their historic estates. It’s home to numerous high-profile Angelenos, as well as the city’s largest Orthodox Jewish population.
Despite Hancock Park’s central location—south of lively Hollywood, north of bustling Koreatown—it has one of the lowest population densities in Los Angeles. But that big-city energy is only a quick drive (or even a scenic walk) away.
Head to neighboring Larchmont Village for a delightfully walkable strip of boutiques, eateries, and coffee shops, as well as more moderately-priced houses and apartments. To the west, you’ll find a multitude of dining and shopping options, from the colorful boutiques of the Fairfax District, to the Original Farmers Market, to The Grove outdoor mall. Even closer, Miracle Mile is the site of Hancock Park (an actual city park) and many of LA’s top attractions, like Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the La Brea Tar Pits.