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Larchmont Village/Windsor Square architectural walk

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larchmont villageLast week I joined some friends on an exploratory walk of Larchmont Village which is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles just south of Hollywood, a twelve mile drive from the beach at Santa Monica and five miles west of downtown. Although there is a cute little shopping and restaurant area on Larchmont Boulevard, these photos are of the residential architecture.

Windsor Square is the neighborhood just to the south of Larchmont. The intention in the early years of the 20th century was to have a residential area like one you might find in the English countryside. (See end of post for exact boundaries of both areas.)

Like most neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, there is no one dominant architectural style. It’s the usual mish mash of what I have come to call Southern California Eclectic. And I love it!

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Looking south at the beginning of our walk.

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Spanish-style modern at top. Note the LA Times thrown on the lawn in color-coordinated plastic bag! Below it a Los Angeles version of Tudor.

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A beautiful day. We have clouds in LA now… we used to be known for our cloudless skies but I enjoy seeing those white fluffy things. Unfortunately they do not bring rain.

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I don’t know how to describe these but I like the brickwork and tile roofs.

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The house looks like it belongs in the English countryside… except for the palm trees…

larchmont villageThe ubiquitous (in that it can be seen from all over the LA Basin) Hollywood sign. Hollywood may be a district in LA but it is also a state of mind and an industry found all over the city.

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Grey roofs, green roofs or red roofs… take your pick!

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We travel from Spain to the Swiss Alps in just a few footsteps.

larchmont villageThis house, hiding behind the tropical shubbery, is listed at $2,979,000. They just didn’t want to say $3,000,000! Built in 1921 it has five bedrooms and 4,539 sq ft.

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Obviously somebody’s pride and joy, approximately 21,000 of these two-seater Cadillac Allante models were manufactured from 1987 until 1993. I checked on the prices of early 90s models for sale: around $4,500.

Below are some more photos of the homes and trees around the neighborhood.

After our walk we needed sustenance for the trip back home. We decided on Prado on Larchmont Blvd. Three of us ordered the paella which was pretty good. I would like to go back and order one of their sampler plates.

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Because Los Angeles is such a confusing conglomeration of small cities (sometimes surrounded on all sides by the Big One, LA)  neighborhoods, districts and unincorporated areas, it is sometimes difficult to figure out exactly where you are. According to the Los Angeles Times mapping project, the street boundaries of Larchmont are Melrose Avenue on the north, Western Avenue on the east, Beverly Boulevard on the south and North Arden Boulevard on the west.

According to Wikipedia, the boundaries of Windsor Square are  from Wilshire to Beverly Boulevards, and from Arden Boulevard to Van Ness Avenue. This is inclusive of the one-block strip of Larchmont Village, between First Street and Beverly Boulevard.

Sometimes this area is mistaken for Hancock Park which is just to the west.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

6 thoughts on “Larchmont Village/Windsor Square architectural walk

  1. Heading out by foot is the best way to see any neighborhood.
    Oscar

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  2. Oscar, walking is my favorite way to travel, absolutely!

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  3. I enjoyed the architectural tour, thank you. And the Snow White house is so fitting–petite and orderly.

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  4. Great expedition! Enjoyed greatly. Liked your short comments, so to the point.

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