Hancock Park sign
— October 19, 2011 —

Hancock Park: A Bigger Bird’s-eye View

A week does not go by when I am not defining the boundaries of Hancock Park. This topic arises at most Sunday open houses, social engagements across town or out of state. I usually start by saying that we are located between Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, south of Hollywood. Most of us use the moniker ‘Hancock Park’ loosely to encompass the entire group of individual neighborhoods in the area, that reach from Melrose to Olympic and Highland to almost Western. It’s even become hip to just call the area”The HP.”

The overall neighborhood is comprised of approximately 3,100 single family homes, a few condominium complexes and a fewer than 400 two to four unit buildings. Most properties were constructed in the early 1920s when the economy was thriving and master craftsmen built homes. The quality of construction is fanstistic. Many homes are architecturally significant and in 2005 the city designated Windsor Square and Hancock Park Historical Preservation Overlay Zones. Windsor Village just garnered HPOZ status in 2010, following in the footsteps of its neighbor to the east, Wilshire Park.

If you want to get specific, within this 2 square mile radius, the neighborhood is segmented as follows:

  • Hancock Park: Melrose Ave on the north to Wilshire Blvd on the south, from Highland Ave on the west, to Rossmore Ave on the east.
  • Windsor Square: Beverly Blvd on the north to Wilshire Blvd on the south, from Arden Blvd on the west, to Van Ness Ave on the east.
  • Larchmont Village: Melrose Ave on the north to Beverly Blvd on the south, from Arden Blvd on the west, to Ridgewood Pl on the east.
  • Fremont Place: Wilshire Blvd on the north to Olympic Blvd on the south at Rossmore behind guard gates. Arden Blvd is on the east and Muirfield Rd is to the west.
  • Brookside: Wilshire Blvd on the north to Olympic Blvd on the south. Higland on the west and Muirfield on the east.
  • Windsor Village: Wilshire Blvd on the north to Olympic Blvd on the south. Lucerne Blvd on the west and Lorraine Bl on the east.

The LA Times project “Mapping LA” is also a wealth of information and statistics about neighborhoods in LA ( their boundaries were defined by residents and historical data researched by the Times.)

To find out more about the neighborhood, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society offers some great insight into the area’s early days. Click on this link to the WSHPHS website to learn more!

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