Hancock Park was developed by the Hancock family in the early 1920s and 30s and its name was derived from its developer, G. Allen Hancock. Originally the land was peppered with oil wells, but eventually in 1920 it was divided into residential plots. 105 acres of the land was leased to the Wilshire Country Club. The official neighborhood stretches from Melrose Avenue on the north to Wilshire Boulevard on the south and from Highland Avenue east to Rossmore Avenue.
Unlike most other Los Angeles neighborhoods, Hancock Park has a much more suburban feel, houses are set back from the street on broad avenues, and this has made it one of the most sought-after residential areas in Southern California. If the national index of the average household income were to be interrogated, we would find the residents of Hancock Park consistently rank among the highest in the country.
The area of Larchmont Village provides retail outlets to the community, ensuring that most commercial traffic is concentrated in a single area, making this a very peaceful place in which to live.
Most of the real estate for sale in Hancock Park was developed in the 1920s, and was built in a classic architectural style. Many Hancock Park homes contain features not traditionally found in similar properties, including elevators, ballrooms and staff quarters.
The variety of Hancock Park real estate offered is fairly wide, from moderately priced bungalows to large estate homes.
The building of fences is discouraged in the neighborhood and most power and communications cables are buried, this lends it a very open feel, as befits an area that was originally developed to house the city's elite.
Benefiting from falling within the catchment area of the Los Angeles Unified School District, there are some excellent educational establishments to be found within its boundaries. There are seven schools in the neighborhood:
Private schools include Marlborough School, a private girls' school, Yavneh Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox Jewish school Pre-School - 8, and Page Private School.
Entertainment and recreation is not as boisterous as the surrounding areas, things in Hancock Park somewhat more refined. The Windsor Square, Hancock Park Historical Society is charged with maintaining the heritage of the area, and organizes regular events for community members.
The La Brea Tar Pits are a nationally renowned historical site, and remains to this day one of the only places in the nation that prehistoric mammal fossils have been recovered successfully. Indeed, the pits are still scheduled for annual excavation and fresh finds are common. Hancock Park is also home to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, of which the famed Pavilion of Japanese Art is arguably the highlight.