Larchmont, Los Angeles

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Larchmont Boulevard shopping street
Larchmont Blvd., Looking South (circa 1920-25)

Larchmont is a densely populated, highly diverse, half-square-mile neighborhood in the central region of the City of Los Angeles, California, where more than half the residents were foreign-born.[1] Larchmont is notable for its quaint old-town shopping street and well-maintained historic homes. It has four schools and one small park. It has been the site of early and recent motion picture shoots.

Geography[edit]

Map of Larchmont, Los Angeles, as delineated by the Los Angeles Times

Description[edit]

According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Larchmont is flanked by Hollywood to the north, East Hollywood to the east, Koreatown to the southeast, Windsor Square to the south and Hancock Park to the west.[2] Street boundaries are Melrose Avenue on the north, Western Avenue on the east, Beverly Boulevard on the south and North Arden Boulevard on the west.[1][3]

Adjacent neighborhoods[edit]

Relation of Larchmont to other places:[1][2]

Population[edit]

The 2000 U.S. census counted 8,631 residents in the 0.49-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 17,747 people per square mile, one of the highest densities in the county. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 9,195. The median age for residents was 34, about average for Los Angeles; the percentages of residents aged 19 to 49 and above were among the county's highest.[3]

Larchmont was highly diverse ethnically, and the percentage of Asians was comparatively high. The breakdown was Latinos, 37.2%; Asians, 30%; whites, 24.6%; blacks, 3%, and others, 5.3%. Korea (28.3%) and Guatemala (16.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 56% of the residents who were born abroad, a high figure compared to rest of the city.[3]

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $47,780, average for Los Angeles, but a high percentage of households had an income of $20,000 or less. The average household size of 2.5 people was average for the city of Los Angeles. Renters occupied 72.9% of the housing stock, and house- or apartment owners 27.1%.[3]

The percentages of never-married men and women, 42.1% and 36.9%, respectively, were among the county's highest.[3]

Education[edit]

About thirty-two percent of Larchmont residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average figure for the city.[3]

The schools operating within the Larchmont borders are:[4]

  • Christ the King Elementary School, private, 617 North Arden Boulevard
  • Cheder Menachem, private, Melrose Avenue
  • Frances Blend Special Education Center, public, 5210 Clinton Street
  • Van Ness Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 501 North Van Ness Avenue

Attractions[edit]

A view of Larchmont, film crew in background

Larchmont has a popular commercial shopping strip on Larchmont Boulevard. Keystone Kops chases were filmed on the street, and the 1936 Three Stooges film False Alarms used both Third Street and Larchmont Boulevard. Today many of the local homes are used to film commercials and movies. The 1983 film WarGames utilized a home at Lucerne and Second Street as a major backdrop and set. Larchmont also shows up several times in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

Larchmont is the home of the Los Angeles Tennis Club and the former Black-Foxe Military Institute, a private preparatory school. Within the boundaries are such places as Lucy's El Adobe Café, Raleigh Studios,[5] formerly known as Famous Players Film Company and the Hollywood Historic Hotel.[6]

Recreation and parks[edit]

  • Robert Burns Park, 4900 Beverly Boulevard, unstaffed pocket park with a play area and picnic tables.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

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