Hancock Park feels like a small town where everyone knows one another. It’s an affluent urban neighborhood with many historically significant homes, many with larger lot sizes and great elementary schools. You’ll find the Wilshire Country Club and LA Tennis Club both in this neighborhood. The area was named after developer and philanthropist G. Allan Hancock who started work in the area in the 1920’s. Architects such as Paul Williams, A.C. Chisholm and John Austin won bids to build homes in the area. 86% of the homes in this area are historic contributors.
Where is Hancock Park?
Hancock Park is south of Melrose and north of Wilshire Boulevard with western boundaries at North Highland Avenue. You can see it all on this map.
Architecture of Hancock Park
Some notable residences in the area include a few homes by the architect Paul Williams, who was the personal architect for stars such as Frank Sinatra, Lon Chaney, and Lucille Ball. This neighborhood features many European revival styles that were popular in the 20’s. Strolling down the street and you might catch an English country estate, a French chateau and a Mediterranean mansion all within the same block.
A.C. Chisholm is another notable architect that built in the area. Homes include the French Chateau on Rimpau Blvd. and the Ahmanson residence at 4th and Hudson. Another home on Rimpau Blvd. was designed by John Austin, the same architect who build Los Angeles City Hall and Griffith Park Observatory.
History of Hancock Park
As mentioned earlier, this area was founded in the 1920’s by George Allen Hancock who decided to give real estate a try after his oil derricks began to run dry. The minimum construction cost for homes in that time was set by Hancock for a minimum of $10,000 and the cost for a home on Rimpau Blvd. was set at $17,500. All homes were to be build at least fifty feet from the curb, which is what gives these homes their huge lot sizes.
He then promptly leased land to the now standing Wilshire Country Club, whih was opened in 1920 on Rossmore Ave. He named Rimpau Blvd. was named after a German family who ran a store and raised grain in the area.
Where to Go and Things to Do in Hancock Park
5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
This is fine dining, with an Asian Fusion and New American Theme. A two star Michelin restaurant and well worth the hype. The tasting menu with wine pairings is fantastic, with dishes like sea urchin, seared foie gras, and fresh sea scallops. It is pricey, but very well reviewed and respected.
Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood
5786 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
If you haven’t tried Peruvian food you are in for a treat. Their dishes are flavorful and delicious. The ceviche and lomo saltado are mouth watering. The parking is tough, but it’s worth giving a shot.
Genwa Korean BBQ
515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This is not your typical Korean BBQ. It’s quoted as some of the best of it’s genre anywhere in the city and some people say the country. There is typically a line and it is always crowded. The atmosphere is bright and the service is great. Well worth a visit..