Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles

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Cheviot Hills
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
A typical estate in Cheviot Hils
A typical estate in Cheviot Hils
Map showing the boundaries of Cheviot Hills
Map showing the boundaries of Cheviot Hills
Cheviot Hills is located in Western Los Angeles
Cheviot Hills
Cheviot Hills
Location within West Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°02′23″N 118°24′24″W / 34.039662°N 118.406729°W / 34.039662; -118.406729
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zone Pacific

Cheviot Hills is an affluent 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.[1] Because of such high profile residents, the neighborhood is constantly patrolled by heavily armed guards and surveilled by CCTV.[2]


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.[3]

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 Manning Avenue to the southwest.[4][5]

California Country Club Estates[edit]

Built in 1952 on the site of the former California Country Club,[6] 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,[6] the mob-backed owner of El Rancho Hotel and Casino,.[7]


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.[4]

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.[4]

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%.[4]

The percentages of veterans who served during World War II or the Korean War were among the county's highest.[4]


Cheviot Hills in 1928 (Modern day photo of this home featured earlier in this article)

Almost all of today's Cheviot Hills was within the Spanish land grant known as Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes.[8] Largely undeveloped until the 1920s, initial construction in the residential section west of Motor Avenue dates to the 1920s.[9][10][11][12] 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.[13][14] Much of the neighborhood east of Motor Avenue is built on the site of the former California Country Club, and the residences date to the early 1950s.[12][15] Though the neighborhood was originally middle class prices have increased dramatically in recent years, with prices now rivaling those of neighboring Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Holmby Hills,[16] resulting in a surge of new development at the cost of many of the neighborhood's original 1930s homes.

Filming location[edit]

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 Laurel and Hardy,[9][17] The Ropers television series from the late 1970s and the movie Private School in 1983,.[18] 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.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Cheviot Hills.[19]

Police service[edit]

The Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[20]


Sixty percent of Cheviot Hills residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high figure for both the city and the county. The percentages of residents of that age with a bachelor's degree or a master's degree were also considered high for the county.[4]

The schools within Cheviot Hills are as follows:[21]

  • Overland Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 10650 Ashby Avenue
  • Vista School, private K–12, 3200 Motor Avenue

Parks and recreation[edit]

Club Circle Park

Cheviot Hills features the Cheviot Hills Park, the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts Rancho Park Golf Course.[22][23] The park and recreation center have a community room which has a capacity of 80 to 100 people. In addition they have an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, an unlighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.[23] The Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts consists of fourteen lighted tennis courts.[24] The Cheviot Hills Pool is an outdoor unheated seasonal pool in Cheviot Hills.[25] On May 11, 2012, after a campaign fundraiser at the nearby home of actor George Clooney, President Barack Obama played a game of basketball at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center with Clooney, actor Tobey Maguire and others.[26]

There are also two private country clubs in the neighborhood, Hillcrest Country Club and Beverly Hills Country Club. Hillcrest Country Club features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and swimming pools.[27] Beverly Hills Country Club features tennis courts and swimming pools.[28] In the past the neighborhood also contained the California Country Club, which was replaced by a development called California Country Club Estates in 1952.[6] There is also a small park, Club Circle Park,[29] in the heart of the neighborhood, and a playground, Irvine Schachter Park, on the outskirts.[30]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ The Thomas Guide: Los Angeles County, 2004, page 632
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  7. ^ "Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling". 
  8. ^ Spanish land grant map Accessed 13-May-2012.
  9. ^ a b L.A. Times, October 2003 Accessed 13-May-2012.
  10. ^ 1924 house Accessed 13-May-2012.
  11. ^ 1925 house Accessed 13-May-2012.
  12. ^ a b Pre-World War II street map Accessed 13-May-2012
  13. ^ "Pacific Electric Santa Monica Air Line". 
  14. ^ Image of Pacific Electric streetcar Accessed 13-May-2012
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  17. ^ 1927 Laurel and Hardy location, 1927 Laurel and Hardy location, 1927 Laurel and Hardy location and 1929 Laurel and Hardy location Accessed 13-May-2012.
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  19. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
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  21. ^ "Cheviot Hills Schools", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
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  24. ^ Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  25. ^ Cheviot Hills Pool. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  26. ^ Obama in Cheviot Hills "[Before President Obama left Los Angeles,] he squeezed in some basketball at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center with some Hollywood A-listers, including Clooney and Tobey Maguire. Asked who won, Obama first demurred, saying, 'Which game?' He then revealed his and Clooney's team was victorious." Accessed 15-May-2012.
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  44. ^ Los Angeles Times (14 August 2012). "Composer Trevor Morris buys home in Santa Monica for $1.59 million". 
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Coordinates: 34°02′11″N 118°24′06″W / 34.03639°N 118.40167°W / 34.03639; -118.40167