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Hancock Park

Hancock Park is one of the most historically significant and affluent neighborhoods within the city of Los Angeles. The area is home to of some of the most well preserved single family residences in Southern California, ranging from 1920’s California bungalows to grand old world estates.

Hancock Park lies next to the beautiful neighborhoods of Windsor Square, Larchmont Village and Brookside Village. Hancock Park is roughly bounded by Van Ness Avenue to the east, Melrose Avenue to the north, La Brea Avenue to the west, and Olympic Blvd to the south park.

Major neighborhood attractions include the La Brea Tar Pits, the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Paramount Pictures Studios and the Wilshire Country Club.

Hancock Park was developed in the 1920s by the Hancock family with profits earned from oil drilling in the former Rancho La Brea. Some 71 oil wells were operating at capacity on the land from 1905 to 1910. The area owes its name to developer-philanthropist George Allan Hancock, who in 1920s subdivided the property into residential lots. He leased 105 acres to the Wilshire Country Club with an option to buy.

Most homes in Hancock Park Proper are grand in scale, typically over 3,000 square feet and built on larger than average lots of 10,000 square feet or more. Common architectural styles found in the area include authentic old world Spanish, Mediterranean, Tudor, Traditional, Cape Cod and Country English. Architects such as Paul Williams, A.C. Chrisholm and John Austin were hired to design homes for many of the city’s pioneer families including Doheny, Chandler, Huntington, Van Nuys and Crocker.

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