For people who want to live immersed in history, few neighborhoods in Los Angeles have the cache of the 0.49 square miles just south of Hollywood known as Larchmont Village. First developed in the late 1800s, it was already a suburban exclave by the 1920s, in time to serve as housing for the burgeoning movie industry.
But no one today would mistake Larchmont Village for the burbs. Minutes away from all the action, easy to navigate on foot or by bike, this village-within-a-city has old-school charm to spare. Start with the historic shopping district, a century-old boulevard of trendy restaurants, hip cafes, and boutique stores. Larchmont Boulevard combines the atmosphere of an Old Hollywood avenue with the amenities of world-leading modern Los Angeles.
Duck just a few blocks over to the residential blocks of Larchmont, and you will discover tree-lined streets that have scarcely changed since the Hollywood Heydays of Errol Flynn and Greta Garbo. Lot after lot of period revival homes speak to the taste and high standards of Hollywood’s earliest power players.
Venture to the southeast corner and you will discover Wilton Historic District, the oldest preserved portion of Larchmont Village. The 63 homes here range from 1907 to 1921 in the year of development, representing Craftsman, Bungalow, Mediterranean, and Colonial Revival architecture in Dutch, Spanish, and English styles. One of the least cookie-cutter neighborhoods in LA, the architectural diversity of Wilton Historic District even includes examples of Prairie and Oriental styles.
Larchmont Village homes typically sell quickly due to strong demand from homebuyers looking to move into the neighborhood and a relatively low supply of listings.
Even residents of nearby neighborhoods find themselves making weekend sojourns to Larchmont Village for the breezy urban vibe, set aside from the hustle and bustle. Grab a cup of fancy coffee, do some window shopping, then get lost in residential neighborhoods of the most attractive historic houses in LA. Maybe soon you will call one of them home.
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