Renting In LA: Hancock Park
Nestled between Hollywood, Larchmont, Koreatown, and Miracle Mile, Hancock Park was founded in the early 20th century, and is home to many historic and lavish homes. Hancock Park was first founded by the Hancock family during the 1920s. The family obtained their wealth through oil drilling in Rancho La Brea, which would become the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, many movie stars and entertainers, including Nat King Cole, lived in Hancock Park. In fact, Nat King Cole was the first African-American resident of Hancock Park. Through the years, the neighborhood has been home to many entertainment-industry heavyweights, including Eric Eisner, Bruce Feirstein, and Tavis Smiley.
Hancock Park is a quiet neighborhood that is a convenient commute to Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Mid-City, and Koreatown. The average rent price in Hancock Park is a little bit higher than the surrounding areas ($2,100/month), but the neighborhood has an excellent walk score of 85 and a reasonably low crime rate. Next time you are in the Hancock Park area, drive down Sycamore Avenue. In addition to Art Deco Apartments’ lovingly restored historic Art Deco buildings, you will see a number of buildings from the 1920s to 1930s in a number of different architectural styles that are a great representation of Los Angeles architecture of the first half of the 20th century. If you are thinking about renting an apartment in Los Angeles, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Mid-Wilshire, West Hollywood, and the areas around The Grove/Beverly Center are your best bet for low crime, walkability, and fun.