Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles
|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
House in Cheviot Hils
Map showing the boundaries of Cheviot Hills
|West Los Angeles|
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. Because of such high profile residents, the neighborhood is constantly patrolled by heavily armed guards and surveilled by CCTV.
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.
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 and south of Forrester Drive was built on the site of the former California Country Club, and the residences date to the early 1950s. The neighborhood was originally middle class, with 1926 prices for homes starting at $50,000, or around $663,000 today. However, prices have increased dramatically in recent years and now rival those of neighboring Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Holmby Hills, resulting in a surge of new development at the cost of many of the neighborhood's original 1920s homes. Consequently, Cheviot Hills was named Redfin's "hottest" neighborhood in the country for real estate for 2014, and the "hottest" neighborhood in Los Angeles for 2015. In 2015 CityLab named Cheviot Hills as the 24th most expensive neighborhood in the United States to rent in.
Monte Mar Vista
Developed between 1926 and 1940, Monte Mar Vista is the most affluent part of Cheviot Hills. The neighborhood was originally developed by W.R. McConnell, Fred W. Forrester, and John P. Haynes and consists of sixteen blocks along the northern side of Cheviot Hills bound by the Hillcrest Country Club, Cheviot Hills Park, and Rancho Park Golf Course to the north, west, and east and Lorenzo, Forrester, and Club Drive to the south. In 1928, the development was taken over by Ole Hanson and the Frank Meline Company, who continued to develop the neighborhood. Because of the area's location, many properties enjoy expansive views that overlook the Hillcrest Country Club and Rancho Park Golf Course as well as views of Century City, the Hollywood Hills, and the Hollywood Sign. Many of the lots are large, often covering several parcels, and homes were designed by prominent architects including John L. DeLario, Roland E. Coartes, and Eugene R. Ward.
California Country Club Estates
Built in 1952 on the site of the former California Country Club, 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, the mob-backed owner of El Rancho Hotel and Casino,.
Examples dating to the 1920s and 1930s include Laurel and Hardy, The Ropers television series from the late 1970s and the movie Private School in 1983,. 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
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 near Cheviot Hills are as follows:
- Overland Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 10650 Ashby Avenue
- Vista School, private K–12, 3200 Motor Avenue
- Lycée Français de Los Angeles Kabbaz High School
Parks and recreation
Cheviot Hills features the Cheviot Hills Park, the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts, and 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 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.
There are also two private country clubs in the neighborhood, both of them founded in response to then-prevailing membership discrimination at other Los Angeles clubs. Hillcrest Country Club was founded in 1920 as a country club for Jews, then largely excluded from other clubs. It features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and swimming pools. Beverly Hills Country Club was founded in 1926, and was originally intended for people working in the entertainment industry who, at that time, were also excluded by most Los Angeles clubs. It has tennis courts and swimming pools. In the past the neighborhood also contained the California Country Club, which was replaced by a development called California Country Club Estates in 1952. There is also a small park, Club Circle Park, in the heart of the neighborhood, and a playground, Irvine Schachter Park, on the outskirts.
- Maria Altmann, recovered Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis
- Lucie Arnaz, actress
- Lucille Ball, actress
- Travis Barker, drummer from Blink-182
- Bruce Bennett, Olympic silver medalist, actor
- Arthur Bergh, composer
- Ray Bradbury, author
- J. Curtis Counts, sixth director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
- Glenn Danzig, singer
- Jonah Hill, actor
- Marin Hinkle, actress
- Buster Keaton, actor
- Stan Laurel, actor
- Helie Lee, author, director
- Thom Mayne, architect
- Ken Mok, television producer
- Agnes Moorehead, actress
- Trevor Morris (musician), music producer, composer
- George Newbern, actor
- Jack Paar, comedian
- Michelle Phillips, singer, actress
- Hal Roach, film and television producer
- Phil Silvers, actor
- Patrick Soon-Shiong, billionaire founder of Abraxis BioScience and American Pharmaceutical Partners
- Pam Teeguarden, professional tennis player
- Daniel Thompson, inventor of the automatic bagel maker and the folding ping pong table
- Johnny Weissmuller, Olympic gold medalist, actor
- Pete Wilson, former Governor of California and United States Senator
- Valerie Zimring, Olympic gold medalist
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- Cheviot Hills Homeowners Association
- California Country Club Homes Association
- Cheviot Hills crime map and statistics
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