Hancock Park Wilshire Community

Getting to know Hancock Park

Long before Beverly Hills and Bel-Air became glamorous enclaves of the most illustrious members of LA society, Hancock Park was THE locale for Southern California’s early titans of industry. Landmarks and institutions bear the names of the first families who lived in this beautifully preserved section of old LA: Chandler, Huntington, Crocker, Ahmanson, Van de Kamp, Doheny. In the early 1900s, oil tycoon George Hancock looked to replace his failing oil wells with other revenues. He began to develop his land, setting extravagant dollar minimums on construction and demanding that homes be built at least 50 feet from the street. As a result, the gorgeous vintage architecture of Paul Williams, A.C. Martin and Alexander Chisholm, framed by wide, sweeping lawns and lush mature trees, is easily visible to passers by. These and other renowned architects of the era designed residences in Tudor Revival, English Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Monterey Revival, American Colonial Revival and more styles for influential members of Los Angeles society.

Today, 86% of the homes within its borders are recognized as historic contributors. Under the watchful eye of Homeowner Associations dedicated to preserving the elegance of these properties, Hancock Park has maintained the charm and integrity its founders envisioned.