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Windsor Square is a small, historic and wealthy urban neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. It is highly diverse in ethnic makeup, with a population older and better-educated than the city norm. Many notable Los Angeles residents have lived in Windsor Square, and it is the site of the official residence of the mayor of the city. It is served by a vest-pocket public park.

Map of Windsor Square neighborhood in Los Angeles, California
Windsor Square boundaries, from the Los Angeles Times
Windsor Square advertisement from Los Angeles Times 1911
Windsor Square advertisement, 1911

Population

In 2008, the neighborhood had an estimated population of 6,197. According to the 2000 census, Windsor Square was highly diverse, with the percentage of Asian people being high for the county. The racial breakdown was 41.6% Asian, 37.7% white, 14.8% Latino, 4.3% black, and 1.6% other. About a third (33.5%) of the residents were born outside the United States, considered a high ratio for Los Angeles, the most common country being Korea at 57.7%.

The median household income was average for both the city and the county, while the percentage of households earning more than $125,000 was high for the county. The median age was 38, considered old in both the city and the county, the percentages of residents aged 35 to 64 being among the county's highest. The percentages of both widowed men and widowed women were among the county's highest, but the percentage of families headed by single parents was notably small. The percentage of veterans who served during the Vietnam War was among the county's highest.

Geography

The tree-lined neighborhood, 0.68 mile in area, is sometimes used as background in crime films because of its multimillion-dollar homes and its "film noir-era look."

Boundaries

Windsor Square is bounded on the west by Arden Avenue, on the north by Beverly Boulevard, on the east by South Wilton Place and on the south by Wilshire Boulevard.

Nearby areas

Relation of Windsor Square to nearby places:

Recreation

Robert L. Burns Park, on the southwest corner of North Van Ness Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, is an unstaffed pocket park. Beginning in 1980, resident Barbara McRae, began writing letters to city officials, and the next year she presented petitions with 2,248 signatures supporting the idea of private security patrols for the city facility. The city responded by building a 12-foot masonry wall and a chain-link fence between the park and neighboring homes. By 1989, though, criminal activity had spread throughout the surrounding neighborhood, and the Windsor Square Property Owners Association requested that the park be closed at sunset and that it be fenced, gated and locked. On December 3, 1990, an $85,000 tubular steel perimeter fence was officially installed and put into use.

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