Ladera Heights, California

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This article is about the community in Los Angeles County, California. For the community in San Mateo County, California, see Ladera, California. For the community in Orange County, California, see Ladera Ranch, California.
Ladera Heights, California
Census-designated place
Ladera Heights community sign
Ladera Heights community sign
Location of Ladera Heights in Los Angeles County, California.
Location of Ladera Heights in Los Angeles County, California.
Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°22′27″W / 33.98889°N 118.37417°W / 33.98889; -118.37417Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°22′27″W / 33.98889°N 118.37417°W / 33.98889; -118.37417
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Los Angeles
Area[1]
 • Total 2.966 sq mi (7.681 km2)
 • Land 2.966 sq mi (7.681 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 305 ft (93 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,498
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (850/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 90056
Area code(s) 310/424/323
FIPS code 06-39108
GNIS feature ID 1867032

Ladera Heights is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. The population was 6,498 at the 2010 census, down from 6,568 at the 2000 census. Culver City lies to its west, the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to its north, and the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles to its south and southwest.

History[edit]

Ladera Heights origins start in the late 1940s with the development of "Old Ladera". In the 1960s, custom homes were built in "New Ladera". Prominent builders included Valentine and Gallant. Robert Earl, who designed many of the Valentine homes, went on to build large multi-million dollar estates throughout Southern California and in other countries. Neighboring Fox Hills contained a beautiful golf course with rolling hills that backed up to Wooster Avenue. Valentine built Robert Earl designed homes on Wooster overlooking the Fox Hills golf course. Years later, Donald Trump asked Earl to design estate homes with panoramic views of his Palos Verdes golf course.

Baseball player Frank Robinson and other sports players began moving to Ladera Heights in the early 1970s.[2] Multiple celebrities have/or do live in Ladera Heights over the years: Peter Vidmar (Olympic Gold 84), Vanessa Williams (Actress), Chris Darden (Attorney), Chris Strait (Comedian), Lisa Leslie and Olympia Scott (Basketball), Ken Norton (Boxing), Arron Afflalo, Tyler, The Creator (Rapper) and Byron Scott (Basketball) [3]

During the height of the real estate market in 2007-2008 the LA Times reported "Ladera Heights as upscale enclave close to landings and sea". Homes in Ladera ranged in prices from $900K to $1.6M. Starting in 2010, the upscale neighborhood started becoming popular with those working at the new technology companies in Playa Vista and Culver City. The spacious homes are mid-century modern and provide comfortable living, with lots averaging 9000 square feet and up. Families can now send their children to the Award Wining Wiseburn school district in addition to Parent Elementary.[4]

Until at least 2010, Edward Wedbush, founder of Wedbush Securities, Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment firm, owned a home in Ladera Heights that was a cause of consternation to his neighbors, who complained that he didn't maintain the roof properly.[5]

2013, 'Lower Westside' booms with new homes, creative firms, entertainment '. Ladera Heights is shown to be on the center of this map as new technologies move to nearby Playa Vista.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.

Ladera Heights is portioned into three sections, known as "Upper Ladera," "Lower Ladera" and "Old Ladera". Upper Ladera includes all houses north of Slauson in between La Cienega Boulevard and Shenandoah Avenue, while Lower Ladera (the larger of the two) consists of all houses south of Slauson in between Wooster and La Cienega. Old Ladera is the small area just east of La Cienega and south of Slauson. The Ladera Center, located in Lower Ladera just west of La Cienega Boulevard, hosts a number of local franchise stores and eateries, many of whom are/were owned by Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin 'Magic' Johnson.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 6,079
1980 6,647 9.3%
1990 6,316 −5.0%
2000 6,568 4.0%
2010 6,498 −1.1%
sources: [2], [3]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Ladera Heights had a population of 6,498. The population density was 2,191.1 people per square mile (846.0/km²). The racial makeup of Ladera Heights was 4,786 (73.7%) African American, 979 (15.1%) White (13.3% Non-Hispanic White),[8] 20 (0.3%) Native American, 231 (3.6%) Asian, 2 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 134 (2.1%) from other races, and 346 (5.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 355 persons (5.5%).

The Census reported that 6,486 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 8 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 4 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,751 households, out of which 702 (25.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,240 (45.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 462 (16.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 113 (4.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 93 (3.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 20 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 778 households (28.3%) were made up of individuals and 351 (12.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36. There were 1,815 families (66.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.88.

The population was spread out with 1,122 people (17.3%) under the age of 18, 401 people (6.2%) aged 18 to 24, 1,264 people (19.5%) aged 25 to 44, 2,183 people (33.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,528 people (23.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.0 years. For every 100 females there were 79.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.

There were 2,867 housing units at an average density of 966.7 per square mile (373.3/km²), of which 2,027 (73.7%) were owner-occupied, and 724 (26.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.7%. 4,891 people (75.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,595 people (24.5%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Ladera Heights had a median household income of $97,568, with 4.3% of the population living below the federal poverty line. [9]

2000[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 6,568 people, 2,691 households, and 1,883 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,230.6 people per square mile (862.6/km²). There were 2,755 housing units at an average density of 935.7 per square mile (361.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.8% African American, 7.0% White, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 2,691 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,233, and the median income for a family was $103,174. Males had a median income of $64,643 versus $52,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $47,798. About 1.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

  • These are the ten neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with the largest percentage of black residents:[11]
  1. View Park-Windsor Hills, California, 86.5%
  2. Gramercy Park, Los Angeles, 86.4%
  3. Leimert Park, Los Angeles, 79.6%
  4. Manchester Square, Los Angeles, 78.6%
  5. Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, Los Angeles, 71.3%
  6. Ladera Heights, California, 71%
  7. Hyde Park, Los Angeles, 66%
  8. Chesterfield Square, Los Angeles, 58.6%
  9. West Compton, California, 57.6%
  10. Westmont, California, 57.5%


Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Ladera Heights is served by the Inglewood Unified School District.[12] The schools serving Ladera Heights are in the Inglewood city limits. As of 2006 fewer than 400 Ladera Heights residents attended Inglewood USD schools.[13] La Tijera School (K-8) and Parent School (K-8) serve Ladera Heights.[14] La Tijera and Parent feed into Inglewood High School.[15][16]

In 2006, a group of residents petitioned to move the area into the Culver City Unified School District of Culver City. Both the Culver City USD and the Inglewood USD opposed the move.[17]

As of 2014 the Wiseburn School District allows parents in Ladera Heights to send their children to Wiseburn schools on inter-district transfers.[18]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Ladera Heights is within the service area of West Los Angeles College, a community college located in Culver City.

Services[edit]

Ladera Heights receives fire protection from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Marina del Rey Station in Marina del Rey, serving Ladera Heights.[19]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Ladera Heights.[20]

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Ladera Heights is located in the 25th and 26th Senate Districts, represented by Democrats Curren D. Price, Jr. and Roderick Wright respectively, and in the 47th and 51st Assembly Districts, represented by Democrats Holly Mitchell and Steven Bradford respectively. Federally, Ladera Heights is located in California's 33rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +36[21] and is represented by Democrat Karen Bass.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Ladera Park is in adjacent View Park-Windsor Hills.[22][23] The park has an outdoor amphitheatre, a baseball–softball field, a basketball court, children's play areas, a community recreation center, drinking fountains, picnic areas with barbecue grills, tennis courts, and toilets.[23]

See also[edit]

Notable people from Ladera Heights

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ "[1]." Ladera Heights Community Association Newsletter. Retrieved on May 18, 2010.
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1996-09-15/realestate/re-44117_1_ladera-heights
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2006/mar/12/realestate/re-guide12
  5. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/16/business/la-fi-wedbush-20101116
  6. ^ http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-property-report-20130912,0,1735153.story
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Ladera Heights CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0639108.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0639108.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Black", Mapping L.A. at Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ "Ladera Heights CDP, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  13. ^ Merl, Jean. "Parents Want to Ditch City's Schools." Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2006. 2. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  14. ^ Merl, Jean. "Parents Want to Ditch City's Schools." Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2006. 3. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  15. ^ "Home." Parent K-8 School. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  16. ^ "School Accountability Report Card 2004-2005." Inglewood Unified School District. Retrieved on March 23, 2010. "Students enter Inglewood High School from four feeder schools. The highest percentage of ninth grade students formerly attended Crozier Middle School, one of the District’s two middle schools. Other students attended the District’s K-8 schools: La Tijera, Warren Lane, and Parent."
  17. ^ Merl, Jean. "Parents Want to Ditch City's Schools." Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2006. 1. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  18. ^ "Home" (Archive). Wiseburn School District. Retrieved on April 4, 2014. "Also serving the children of employees from the surrounding aerospace, technology, travel, and entertainment industries, as well as families living in the Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, and Ladera Heights area on an interdistrict permit transfer."
  19. ^ "Marina del Rey Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  20. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  21. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  22. ^ "View Park Windsor Hills CDP, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  23. ^ a b "Ladera Park." County of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
18. http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-property-report-20130912,0,1735153.story

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