Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles facts for kids
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Cheviot Hills is a neighborhood of single-family homes on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California.
Founded in 1924, the neighborhood has been the filming location of countless movies and television shows due to its convenient location between Fox Studios and Sony Studios. The neighborhood has also long been home to many actors, television personalities, and studio executives.
According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Cheviot Hills is flanked on the north by Century City, on the east by Beverlywood and Castle Heights, on the south by Palms, on the west by Rancho Park and on the northwest by West Los Angeles.
Cheviot Hills's street and other borders are: Rancho Park Golf Course and Hillcrest Country Club to the northwest; Anchor Avenue and Club Drive to the east; and Northvale Road to the southwest.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 6,945 residents in the 1.54-square-mile Cheviot Hills neighborhood—an average of 4,520 people per square mile, among the lowest densities for the city; The acreage include the open areas of the Cheviot Hills Park, the Rancho Park Golf Course and Hillcrest Country Club. in 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 7,303. The median age for residents was 42, older than the city at large; the percentages of residents aged 50 to 64 were among the county's highest.
The neighborhood was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of white people. The breakdown was whites, 78.8%; Latinos, 8.3%; Asians, 9.1%, blacks, 1.3%; and others, 2.5%. Japan (8.8%) and Mexico (7.7%) were the most common places of birth for the 20.8% of the residents who were born abroad—considered a low figure for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $111,813, a high figure for Los Angeles, and the percentage of households earning $125,000 and up was considered high for the county. The average household size of 2.2 people was low for both the city and the county. Renters occupied 35.7% of the housing stock and house- or apartment owners held 64.3%.
The percentages of veterans who served during World War II or the Korean War were among the county's highest.
Almost all of today's Cheviot Hills was within the Spanish land grant known as Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes. Largely undeveloped until the 1920s, initial construction in the residential section west of Motor Avenue dates to the 1920s. From the 1920s to 1953, the streetcar line known as the Santa Monica Air Line of the Pacific Electric Railway ran along the southern edge of Cheviot Hills and provided passenger service between Cheviot Hills, downtown Los Angeles, and downtown Santa Monica. Much of the neighborhood east of Motor Avenue and south of Forrester Drive was built on the site of the former California Country Club, and the residences date to the early 1950s. The neighborhood features several homes by prominent architects, such as the Strauss-Lewis House by Raphael Soriano and the Harry Culver Estate, designed by Wallace Neff.
The neighborhood was originally middle class, with 1926 prices for homes starting at $50,000, or around $663,000 today. However, prices have increased dramatically in recent years and now rival those of neighboring Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Holmby Hills, resulting in a surge of new development at the cost of many of the neighborhood's original 1920s homes. Consequently, Cheviot Hills was named Redfin's "hottest" neighborhood in the country for real estate for 2014, and the "hottest" neighborhood in Los Angeles for 2015. In 2015 CityLab named Cheviot Hills as the 24th most expensive neighborhood in the United States to rent in.
Monte Mar Vista
Developed between 1926 and 1940, Monte Mar Vista is the most affluent part of Cheviot Hills. The neighborhood was originally developed by W.R. McConnell, Fred W. Forrester, and John P. Haynes and consists of sixteen blocks along the northern side of Cheviot Hills bound by the Hillcrest Country Club, Cheviot Hills Park, and Rancho Park Golf Course to the north, west, and east and Lorenzo, Forrester, and Club Drive to the south. In 1928, the development was taken over by Ole Hanson and the Frank Meline Company, who continued to develop the neighborhood. Because of the area's location, many properties enjoy expansive views that overlook the Hillcrest Country Club and Rancho Park Golf Course as well as views of Century City, the Hollywood Hills, and the Hollywood Sign. Many of the lots are large, often covering several parcels, and homes were designed by prominent architects including John L. DeLario, Roland E. Coartes, Wallace Neff, and Eugene R. Ward. The first house designed by Craig Ellwood, Lappin House, is located in this part of Cheviot Hills.
California Country Club Estates
Built in 1952 on the site of the former California Country Club, California Country Club Estates is a neighborhood of single-family homes that is known locally as New Cheviot, as opposed to the rest of Cheviot Hills which is known as Old Cheviot. The neighborhood is located within Cheviot Hills, bound to the north by Club Drive and to the west by Queensbury Drive, but has a separate home owner's association with binding CC&Rs attached to each lot, and its borders are marked by signs and central medians. The neighborhood was originally developed by Sanford Adler, the owner of the Flamingo Las Vegas and El Rancho Hotel and Casino, and included homes built by architects such as A. Quincy Jones.
Situated within a short drive of both Fox Studios and Sony Pictures Studios, the neighborhood has often been the site for the filming of motion pictures and television shows.
Examples dating to the 1920s and 1930s include the Laurel and Hardy films The Finishing Touch, Big Business, and Bacon Grabbers, among others. Later examples include The Ropers television series from the late 1970s and the movie Private School in 1983. A house on Cheviot Drive was used in "The Flying Nun" starring Sally Field and a house on Glenbarr Avenue was the home of "Nanny and the Professor". On ABC-TV's "Modern Family" the exterior of a home on Dunleer Drive is seen as Claire and Phil Dunphy's residence.
- L. B. Abbott, cinematographer
- Maria Altmann, recovered Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis
- Lucie Arnaz, actress
- Lucille Ball, actress
- Travis Barker, drummer from Blink-182
- Nuno Bettencourt, musician
- Barbara Bel Geddes, actress
- Bruce Bennett, Olympic silver medalist, actor known for the role of Tarzan.
- Arthur Bergh, composer
- Jan Berry, singer
- Benjamin Franklin Bledsoe, judge, candidate for mayor of Los Angeles
- Ray Bradbury, author
- Ty Burrell, actor
- J. Curtis Counts, sixth director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
- Harry Culver, real estate developer who founded Culver City, California
- Vic Damone, singer
- Glenn Danzig, singer
- Brooklyn Decker, model, actress
- Kelly Emberg, model
- Alex Haley, author
- June Haver, actress
- Ted Healy, actor, creator of The Three Stooges
- Jonah Hill, actor
- Marin Hinkle, actress
- Anna Homler, artist
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste, actress
- Buster Keaton, actor
- Stan Laurel, actor
- Helie Lee, author, director
- Laurie Levenson, law professor
- Dave Madden, actor
- Marjorie Main, actress
- Thom Mayne, architect
- Michael McKean, actor
- Ken Mok, television producer
- Christoper Miller, writer, director, producer
- Agnes Moorehead, actress
- Trevor Morris, music producer, composer
- Bill Mumy, actor
- Joel Murray, actor
- George Newbern, actor
- Annette O'Toole, actress
- Jack Paar, comedian
- John Payne, actor
- Michelle Phillips, actress, singer best known for her vocals in the folk music band The Mamas & the Papas
- Paul Pierce, NBA player
- Mary Kay Place, actress
- Maureen Reagan, actress, daughter of Ronald Reagan
- Andy Roddick, professional tennis player
- Leo Rosten, screenwriter
- Hal Roach, film and television producer
- William Shatner, actor best known for the role Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise.
- Phil Silvers, actor
- Patrick Soon-Shiong, billionaire founder of Abraxis BioScience and American Pharmaceutical Partners
- Pam Teeguarden, professional tennis player
- Henri Temianka, musician
- Daniel Thompson, inventor
- Marshall Thompson, actor
- Rudy Tomjanovich, former NBA player
- Joseph A. Valentine, Academy Award nominated cinematographer
- Tasia Valenza, actress
- Johnny Weissmuller, Olympic gold medalist, actor who succeeded Bennett in the role of Tarzan.
- Pete Wilson, governor of California and United States senator
- Valerie Zimring, Olympic gold medalist
Images for kids
"Terrace View", former residence of actress Agnes Moorehead, as example of typical house in Cheviot Hills
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