Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles
Cheviot Hills is a 78.8% white, relatively older, well-educated and high-income neighborhood with 7,000+ residents on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California. The community includes Cheviot Hills Park, Rancho Park Golf Course and the Hillcrest Country Club. There is one public and one private school within the community.
According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Cheviot Hills is flanked on the north by Pico-Robertson, on the east by Beverlywood, on the south by Palms, on the west by Rancho Park and on the northwest by West Los Angeles and Century City.
Cheviot Hills's street and other borders are: the north and east boundaries of the Hillcrest Country Club; east, Beverwil Drive Drive and Castle Heights Avenue; south, the Rosa Parks Freeway; southwest, the Metro Rail right-of-way; west, Overland Avenue; and north, Pico Boulevard.
Relation of Cheviot Hills to nearby places, not necessarily contiguous:
||West Los Angeles & Century City||Beverly Hills||Pico-Robertson|
|Mar Vista||Palms||Culver City|
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%.
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 is built on the site of the former California Country Club, and the residences date to the early 1950s. On June 5, 2012, long-time Cheviot Hills resident and writer Ray Bradbury died.
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, The Ropers television series from the late 1970s, the movie Private School in 1983, and an example dating from 2009 is the house of the characters of Claire and Phil Dunphy in the television series Modern Family. 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".
Government and infrastructure
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.
The schools within Cheviot Hills are as follows:
- Overland Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 10650 Ashby Avenue
- Vista School, private K-12, 3200 Motor Avenue
Parks and recreation
Cheviot Hills Park, the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts, are in Cheviot Hills and located next to the Rancho Park Golf Course. 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. The Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts consists of fourteen lighted tennis courts. The Cheviot Hills Pool is an outdoor unheated seasonal pool in Cheviot Hills. On May 11, 2012, after a campaign fundraiser at the 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.
- Expo Phase 2 (Los Angeles Metro)
- Rancho Park, Los Angeles, California
- List of districts and neighborhoods of Los Angeles
- "Cheviot Hills," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  "Cheviot Hills Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  "Westside," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- The Thomas Guide: Los Angeles County, 2004, page 632
- Spanish land grant map Accessed 13-May-2012.
- L.A. Times, October 2003 Accessed 13-May-2012.
- 1924 house Accessed 13-May-2012.
- 1925 house Accessed 13-May-2012.
- Pre-World War II street map Accessed 13-May-2012
- Santa Monica Air Line
- Image of Pacific Electric streetcar Accessed 13-May-2012
- Cheviot Hills history Accessed 13-May-2012.
- Death of Ray Bradbury Accessed 07-June-2012
- Death of Ray Bradbury Accessed 07-June-2012
- 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.
- Private School (1983) location Accessed 13-May-2012.
- "Modern Family" house Accessed 13-May-2012.
- "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- http://www.lapdonline.org/west_la_community_police_station lapdonline.org
- Cheviot Hills Park. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
- Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
- Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
- Cheviot Hills Pool. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
- 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.
-  Cheviot Hills crime map and statistics
- California Country Club Homes Association (Cheviot Hills)
- Los Angeles Times, Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "[Cheviot Hills:] The burr of Scotland and the whir of cameras" (26 Oct 2003)