Windsor Square, CA Real Estate
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Windsor Square is a wealthy upper-class neighborhood located in central Los Angeles. Originally intended as a home for the oil barons and wealthy investors of Los Angeles during the turn of the 20th century, it has remained one of the most spacious and affluent neighborhoods in Los Angeles thanks in no small part to the efforts of residents to resist urbanization. Envisioned in 1900 by the wealthy financier George A.J. Howard, the affluence of the neighborhood was strictly enforced by restrictive covenants which kept the prices of the houses and lots extraordinarily high. Area homes are similar in design, construction, layout and expense to those located in the adjoining Hancock Park, an equally affluent and carefully planned residential neighborhood.
Envisioned as an alternative to the exceedingly congested and tightly packed neighborhoods of the east coast, Windsor Square was developed with an eye towards creating an open, park-like setting. Its 1,100 homes are known for having vast front and back yards, mature trees (some dating back to the neighborhood's original development) and sidewalks. It was also one of the first neighborhoods in America to have power, cable and telephone lines all buried underground by design and covenant, helping to increase the suburban and park-like nature of the community even though it is currently centrally located within Los Angeles. There are very few commercial properties located within the community, and there are no industrial properties, power stations, or any other structures which might contribute to air pollution or create noise pollution within the neighborhood. It is also home to the Getty House, where the mayor of Los Angeles resides.
The primary commercial district of Windsor Square is Larchmont, a smaller subdistrict that includes a large number of shops, restaurants, and other commercial entities. Serving as Windsor Square's main street, it is the primary hangout for youths and families, serving as a large mall. As it is one of the few places in Los Angeles with broad sidewalks intended for customers, it is suitable for window shopping as well as general browsing. Larchmont's broad thoroughfares and wide sidewalks, originally intended to accommodate horse-drawn carriages, served as the filming backdrop for various chase scenes and shopping scenes in Keystone Kops and Three Stooges films. The district has subsequently been featured in a large number of films as a generic main street for any town in the United States.
Transportation in Windsor Square is accomplished almost exclusively by car. Though there are sidewalks in most areas, the broad streets provide ample transportation and parking. There are no plans to expand the subway or train networks into the area. Windsor Square is served by a number of schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, along with the Los Angeles Public Library System.} ?>
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