The name is just as long but Hancock Park is named for developer-philanthropist, George Allan Hancock, rather than the namesake more commonly given for American Colonial Whig, John Hancock. Part of the central region of the greater Los Angeles area, Hancock Park is a historic and affluent residential neighborhood that’s home to more than 10,000, mostly white, highly-educated, older-aged residents. The neighborhood was first developed in the 1920’s and many of the 20th-century mansions that were erected then still stand today. The Hancock Family used profits earned from oil drilling in the former Rancho La Brea to fund the development of Hancock Park. Raised in a home located at what is now the La Brea tar pits, Hancock inherited 4,400 acres from his father, Henry Hancock, who acquired a portion of the Rancho La Brea property, owned by the family of Jorge Rocha.
In August 1948 Nat King Cole purchased a home in Hancock Park from Colonel Harry Gantz. Not only an event for the headlines because of Cole’s popularity but, as the neighborhood was still an all-white community at the time, the Klu Klux Klan responded to the sale by placing a burning cross on Cole’s front lawn. When members of the property-owners association reportedly told Cole that they did not want any undesirables moving into the neighborhood, Cole famously retorted, “Neither do I. And if I see any undesirables coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.”
While the population in present day Hancock Park is still not particularly varied, as a neighborhood situated smack dab in the center of one of the most diverse cities in the world, it is far-reaching from the segregated world it used to be. The Hancock Park community is home to a large population of Orthodox Jews, practicing nearly all subsections of Orthodox Judaism; approximately 20% of the neighborhood according to Teresa Watanabe of the Los Angeles Times via the Jewish Journal. Other notable neighborhood names have included Antonio Banderas, Stacey Bendet, Jan Crull, Jr. Eric Eisner, Bruce Feirstein, Melanie Griffith, Leonard Hill, Mike Murphy, Lou Rawls, Tavis Smiley, Maxine Waters, and Mindy Kaling.
One of the great things about being in Hancock Park is it puts you so close to some of the funnest things to do in Los Angeles like, Larchmont Boulevard, located within walking distance if you’re right there in the neighborhood. Boasting some of the best places to shop and eat in Los Angeles, Larchmont Boulevard is home to establishments such as Sam’s Bagels, Babycakes, Library, Picket Fences, Chevalier’s Books (a local favorite), Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese, Larchmont Deli, Cafe Gratitude, Landis Gifts & Stationery, Village Heights, Flicka, Malin + Goetz, and what neighborhood would be complete without a charming local flowery like, Larchmont Village Florist.
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