Baldwin Hills, CA Real Estate
Baldwin Hills, CA, is located in the southern district of Los Angeles and is home to the Baldwin Hills, a series of small rises named after the 19th century horse racer and land developer Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, who first purchased the land and began to develop it as a suburb. Intended to serve as an upper-class neighborhood for Los Angeles professionals, it was built up with then-modern houses and mansions around five major parks and recreational areas, the largest being Baldwin Hills Recreation Center. The Rec Center continues to be a major recreational area, with over eight acres of open space and an excellent view of Downtown Los Angeles.
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Baldwin Hills Real Estate
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Baldwin Hills: Then and Now
During the 1960s and 70s, the Baldwin Hills became increasingly African American. Currently 78% of the residents identify themselves as having African American heritage but the demographics are changing rapidly as families fleeing the astronomical prices of the Westside are realizing the great housing options in the area. Seen as a safe and economical alternative to downtown Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills was first integrated by African American actors, lawyers and musicians who used their wealth, influence and then-current court rulings to break up race-restrictive covenants within the neighborhood. The area remains a popular destination for young African American professionals, with the Baldwin Hills Estates remaining one of the wealthiest predominantly African American communities in the United States. This wealth and success has been reflected in a number of BET specials, movies and television shows, most notably "Baldwin Hills." It has also been home to a number of entertainment legends, most notably Ray Charles and Tina Turner. In the eighties, nineties and early 2000's, the area saw increased mid and low-level development, with empty areas being filled in by low-cost apartment projects and smaller houses. This led to an increase in the number of young African American families in the area. Increasing efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department and local community groups have been implemented to try and keep out crime and maintain the allure and prestige that the area has maintained for decades. Local churches have been particularly helpful in this effort. The relatively high property values and subsequent property tax revenues have resulted in the Baldwin Area Schools, a subcomponent of the Los Angeles City School System, having high standing within the California school rankings. There are also a number of charter and experimental schools in the area. The neighborhood did not have any light rail connections for many years but MTA is currently completing construction of a controversial light rail line that will connect the area to the rest of the city. The Los Angeles bus system serves the area, and there are a large number of major thoroughfares adjacent to the area. Transportation has been by car but the new public transportation lines are connecting this area to the rest of the city and are why many feel demand in this already highly desireable area is primed to explode in coming decades. There is a lot of speculation & development in the area as we complete the 2nd decade of the 2000's. The mall on Crenshaw and Stocker is under continual revitalization, Kaiser recently completed a brand new facility on MLK Jr blvd behind the mall. There are also a large number of small strip malls, individual stores, and an increasing number of big-box stores such as Target and Wal-Mart. There is a local branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system in the area as well.} ?>
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