View Park–Windsor Hills, California
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View Park−Windsor Hills
View Park sunset view
|• Total||1.842 sq mi (4.771 km2)|
|• Land||1.841 sq mi (4.769 km2)|
|• Water||0.001 sq mi (0.002 km2) 0.04%|
|• Density||6,000/sq mi (2,300/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
View Park−Windsor Hills is an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The View Park neighborhood is on the north end of the community along Angeles Vista Boulevard and the Windsor Hills neighborhood is on the southern end to the north of Slauson Avenue.
View Park−Windsor Hills is one of the wealthiest primarily African-American areas in the United States. The two neighborhoods are part of a band of neighborhoods, from Culver City's Fox Hills district on the west to the Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park on the east, that compose the single largest and one of the wealthiest, best-educated, and geographically contiguous historically black communities in the western United States. This corridor also includes Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights neighborhoods. It was founded in the late 1930s.
For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined View Park−Windsor Hills as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area. The population of the CDP was 11,075 at the 2010 U.S. census, up from 10,958 at the 2000 U.S. census.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Landmarks
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Parks and recreation
- 6 Government
- 7 Emergency services
- 8 Education
- 9 Emergency services
- 10 Notable residents and natives
- 11 See also
- 12 References
|View Park−Windsor Hills CDP |
Population by year , 
View Park was developed between 1923-1970 as a high-upper-class neighborhood akin to the style of Cheviot Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Carthay Circle, and Studio City by the Los Angeles Investment Company. Along with neighboring Ladera Heights and Baldwin Hills, it is one of the wealthiest African-American areas in the United States. It contains a collection of houses and mansions in the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean styles, most of which remain today. View Park architecture features the work of many notable architects, such as the Los Angeles Investment Company, Postle & Postle, R. F. Ruck, Paul Haynes, Leopold Fischer, H. Roy Kelley, Raphael Soriano, Charles W. Wong, Robert Earl, M.C. Drebbin, Vincent Palmer, Theodore Pletsch and Homer C. Valentine. It is also rumored that renowned African American architect, Paul Williams had built several homes in View Park. The only documented Paul Williams home in View Park is located on Mount Vernon Drive.
National Register of Historic Places
On July 12, 2016 View Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an initiative led by View Park Conservancy in which almost 700 View Park residents donated over $100,000 to complete the tedious historic work needed to complete the neighborhood's nomination. View Park is the largest National Register historic district in the Country based on African American and county history, and the largest in California in terms of total property owners.
Windsor Hills underwent development in the late 1930s. It was developed by Marlow-Burns Development Company; aimed at the high upper-class neighborhood akin to the style of Bel-Air and Beverly Glen. It was the first subdivision in Southern California for which the newly created Federal Housing Administration provided mortgage insurance. It also contains a collection of houses and mansions in the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean styles. African-Americans were forbidden residence in either area until the Supreme Court's invalidation of racial restrictive covenants in 1948.
View Park−Windsor Hills is located at (33.993662, -118.346950).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land. The region has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. This region experienced warm and dry summers, with no monthly tempatures at 73.5 °F (23.1 °C).
- Ray Charles Residence at 4863 Southridge Avenue. The home was built in 1965.
- The Googie-style Wich Stand now known as Simply Wholesome is located at Slauson Avenue and Overhill Avenue.
- The Doumakes House. The first historic landmark in unincorporated LA County at Angeles Vista Blvd and West Blvd.
The 2010 United States Census reported that View Park−Windsor Hills had a population of 11,075. The population density was 6,012.6 people per square mile (2,321.5/km²). The racial makeup of View Park−Windsor Hills was 669 (6.0%) White (4.2% Non-Hispanic White), 9,392 (84.8%) African-American, 45 (0.4%) Native American, 147 (1.3%) Asian, 4 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 244 (2.2%) from other races, and 574 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 720 persons (6.5%).
The Census reported that 10,999 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 14 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 62 (0.6%) were institutionalized.
There were 4,535 households, out of which 1,246 (27.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,704 (37.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 985 (21.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 276 (6.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 166 (3.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 38 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,354 households (29.9%) were made up of individuals and 575 (12.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43. There were 2,965 families (65.4% of all households); the average family size was 2.97.
The population was spread out with 2,090 people (18.9%) under the age of 18, 755 people (6.8%) aged 18 to 24, 2,286 people (20.6%) aged 25 to 44, 3,586 people (32.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,358 people (21.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.1 years. For every 100 females there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.
There were 4,777 housing units at an average density of 2,593.4 per square mile (1,001.3/km²), of which 3,275 (72.2%) were owner-occupied, and 1,260 (27.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.2%. 8,297 people (74.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,702 people (24.4%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,958 people, 4,539 households, and 3,041 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,895.8 inhabitants per square mile (2,274.7/km²). There were 4,738 housing units at an average density of 2,549.2 per square mile (983.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.0% African American, 5.4% White, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population. The area had the highest percentage of African-American residents of any CDP in the Western United States.
There were 4,539 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,876, and the median income for a family was $100,124. Males had a median income of $56,461 versus $43,663 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $34,382. About 3.1% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
- These are the ten neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with the largest percentage of black residents:
- View Park-Windsor Hills, California, 86.5%
- Gramercy Park, Los Angeles, 86.4%
- Leimert Park, Los Angeles, 79.6%
- Manchester Square, Los Angeles, 78.6%
- Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, Los Angeles, 71.3%
- Ladera Heights, California, 71%
- Hyde Park, Los Angeles, 66%
- Chesterfield Square, Los Angeles, 58.6%
- West Rancho Dominguez, California, 57.6%
- Westmont, California, 57.5%
Parks and recreation
View Park- Windsor Hills has a main park called Rueben Ingold Park, The park opened on August 17, 1971 and is adjacent to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area with the newly Stocker Trail Corridor pathway to connect the two. Residents also use the Valley Ridge Ave hill for exercising.
In the state legislature View Park−Windsor Hills is located in the 26th Senate District, currently vacant after Democrat Curren Price resigned to take a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, and in the 54th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Sydney Kamlager-Dove. Federally, View Park−Windsor Hills is located in California's 37th congressional district, which is represented by US California Democrat Karen Bass.
Several elementary schools serve the LAUSD portion of community are as follows:
- 54th Street Elementary School (K-5) (View Park)
- Cowan Elementary School (1–5)
- Windsor Math/Science/Aerospace Magnet, 5215 Overdale Drive. (K-5, zoned only for Kindergarten) (Windsor Hills)
All areas in LAUSD are zoned to:
- Audubon Middle School
Some areas are jointly zoned to Audubon Middle School and Webster Middle School. Some areas are jointly zoned to Audubon Middle School, Orville Wright Middle School, and Palms Middle School. Some areas are jointly zoned to Crenshaw High School and Westchester High School. View Park Preparatory High School also serves as the center school for the View Park neighborhood. The school is an urban preparatory school partnered with LAUSD.
Notable residents and natives
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View Park-Windsor Hills has been home to numerous actors, athletes, Filmmakers and musicians, including:
- Angelle Brooks, Actress
- Charles Burnett, Filmmaker and director
- Bebe Moore Campbell, Novelist
- Ray Charles, (1930–2004) Late Singer
- Meghan Markle, Former Actress, Duchess of Sussex and Wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
- James Cleveland (1931–1991) Gospel Singer, Arranger Composer
- Michael Cooper, Former NBA player and WNBA head coach
- Loretta Devine, Actress
- Curt Flood Former professional baseball player
- Lisa Gay Hamilton, Actress
- Sally Hampton, Writer, Producer, Actress
- Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
- Louis Johnson, baseball player
- Regina King, Actress and television director 
- Issa Rae, Writer, Actress, and Television Producer
- Leslie Sykes, KABC-TV news co-anchor
- Ike & Tina Turner, Recording duo
- Clara Ward, (1924–1973) Gospel singer
- Dave Waymer, NFL Football Player
- Gerald Wilson, jazz Composer, arranger, conductor
- Nancy Wilson, Vocalist
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