A few years ago, Hancock Park was known as the beautiful neighborhood with the really big houses where you probably didn’t want to live.
It was too sleepy. There was nothing to do. And, of course, it was east of La Brea.
Today, to hear the realtors’ pitches, you might wonder if they’re talking about the same place. “Hancock Park offers a hip, central location with the feel of a traditional neighborhood,” says Peter Maurice of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills East.
That’s more than a salesman’s patter. High-profile newcomers like Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, along with the ongoing downtown revival and the rise of Koreatown, have turned up the heat. As a result, prices are up and homes tend to sell within days of being listed.
Still, downtown is far away enough to keep things quiet at night. With its strong homeowners’ associations and block captains, Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker’s Hancock Park North office credits the area with a small-town feel that allows celebrities’ and moguls’ offspring to have a taste of a normal childhood.
“We don’t have star maps here,” says Hutchins. “It feels like a little village.”
Hancock Park also boasts a good chunk of the city’s architectural history, with significant examples of homes built in the Mediterranean, Tudor, Colonial Revival, International and Modernist styles. Many homes were built in the ’20s, and notable architects include Wallace Neff and Paul Williams — all for about 25% to 30% less than comparable properties in Beverly Hills, Brentwood or Santa Monica.
The area’s proximity to freeways also make it a choice location for what Maurice calls “blended couples” (or what Variety wedding announcements call “pro” and “non-pro”). Ernie Carswell of Coldwell Banker Previews in Beverly Hills sees the area’s strict preservation efforts and consistency of building code requirements as another reason for its status as a desired residential neighborhood.
Says Nick Stabile, who works with Carswell, “Not only are many of the lots twice the normal size and the homes architecturally significant, but there are rules in place that prohibit tearing down old homes and building contemporary monstrosities.” Take that, Beverly Hills.
|446 N. Citrus Ave , Hancock Park||455 Lorraine Blvd, Windsor Square||355 South Rimpau, Hancock Park|
|Three BR, 2¾ BA two-story Mediterranean hacienda with wrought-iron gates, period-style tile work, courtyard entry with fountain, step-down living room with vaulted ceiling, cook’s kitchen with Viking appliances, pool and spa.||6 BR, 7 BA Beaux Arts estate, built in 1913 and formerly owned by Dorothy Chandler. Main house is nearly 10,000 square feet, with pool and fountains, music room and library, remodeled gourmet kitchen. Property also has two guest houses.||6 BR, 6 ½ BA French chateau with mansard roof, built in 1927. Lit tennis court shares grounds with pool and cabana. Classic formal floor plan includes library, formal dining room and a modern kitchen with solarium dinette. Two-room master suite includes sitting room with fireplace, bedchamber and sunny bath.|
|Listing Price: $1.595 million||Listing Price: $8.75 million||Listing price: $5.495 million|
|Contact: Peter Maurice, Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills East. (310) 281-3950||Agent: Lisa Hutchins, Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North. (323) 460-7626||Agent: Ernie Carswell, Carswell Collection, Coldwell Banker Previews. (310) 777-6244|