Hancock Park Los Angeles is a historic and affluent area comprised of some of the most well preserved single family residences ranging from 1920’s California bungalows to grand old world estates. Approximately 2.2 square miles, this urban neighborhood with about 1,200 homes is located in the Miracle Mile area of Hancock Park Los Angeles. Encompassing 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 Los Angeles 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. The Hancock Park Los Angeles development was started on Rossmore Avenue and moved west to Highland Avenue in 1921. Most of the homes in Hancock Park Proper are over 3,000 square feet and built on larger than average lot sizes of 10,000 square feet or more. In general, property prices start in the low $1 million range for a smaller home and can go as high as $10 million for a majestic estate in the gated community of Fremont Place or on the streets near the Wilshire Country Club golf course, namely Hudson Avenue, Muirfield Road and June Street. Commonly, home styles consist of 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. Notable celebrity residences, present and past, include Kathy Bates, Howard Hughes, Jason Alexander, Patricia Heaton, Milla Jovovich, Melanie Griffith, Nat King Cole and Rob Zombie.
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