Upscale, hillside living with close proximity to Silicon Beach and Marina Del Rey
Perched on a hill with unparalleled views of LA, Ladera Heights is an affluent, diverse residential neighborhood with close proximity to Culver City, Venice, and Silicon Beach. Homes here are pricey and rightly so: these architectural beauties are some of the best-preserved mid-century modern homes in the city. Young architects such as Charles W. Wong and Robert L. Earl got their start designing homes in Ladera Heights. Earl would go on to design luxury residences for stars such as Warren Beatty and Madonna, including a number of homes in Donald Trump’s Rancho Palos Verdes development, and Wong built celebrated houses across the Baldwin Hills.
Life here is quieter, more slow-paced than neighboring communities since Ladera Heights is isolated from the web of surface streets below. This wealthy section represents a peaceful oasis on the otherwise bustling Westside. This is a prime opportunity for the savvy buyer, and it is so worth it.
This is a mostly residential area but many residents enjoy heading to nearby Culver City, Marina Del Rey or Baldwin Hills for food, dining, and entertainment. With a strong community spirit and a foundation of longtime residents, Ladera Heights neighbors know each other by name, and don’t be surprised to find a bag of lemons on your doorstep from someone on your block when they have extra.
Across the neighborhood’s three informal sections — Old Ladera, Upper Ladera, and Lower Ladera — properties generally fall between $1 million and $2 million. But people here are passionate about the neighborhood: The Ladera Heights Civic Association regularly hosts events and works hard to make sure it maintains its identity.
While Ladera Heights doesn’t have a “downtown”, it is conveniently located to many new (and some old) Westside hotspots. For instance, Pann’s Restaurant, an iconic L.A. diner that appeared in “Pulp Fiction,” can be found right in the heart of Ladera. Another popular spot in the heart of town is Compari’s Trattoria which serves up hearty Northern Italian fare. And for unparalleled sandwiches, look no further than Ladera’s own Mike’s Deli.
The main attraction for shopping would be the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Shopping Mall which is also home to Post & Beam. Other fantastic eateries are Earle’s on Crenshaw and CJ’s Cafe for more casual fares. Another new addition to the area is Jon & Vinnys Slauson, a sister restaurant of the fantastic Italian joint in Fairfax and Brentwood.
When you want to get outdoors you can head to the nearby Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area which has a Japanese garden, playgrounds, sports fields and courts, and a lake stocked with catfish and trout. There is also the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for some great hiking and panoramic views of Los Angeles. Both of these are very close to Ladera! Right in town are Ladera Park, a 16-acre park with recreation courts, tennis, picnic areas/grills, and even an outdoor amphitheater.
Since neighbors are very friendly here, it shouldn’t be too shocking that the neighborhood often throws private block parties every year on the Fourth of July. This is a great way to meet your fellow residents and have the kids play together! Another place to spot neighbors will be at the local Magic Johnson Sport 24 Hour Fitness branch: it’s a gorgeous gym and sports club!
October brings the Taste of Soul Festival to the Slauson/Crenshaw area and it never disappoints: from musical performances to food stands to competitions, this unifying festival is the absolute favorite of locals. The festival also participates in community service outreach during this time and the grade school children are often very involved.
Ladera Heights operates in Los Angeles Unified School District and has some great nearby public school options:
Some private school options include:
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