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Hancock Park, Los Angeles

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Tourists
are shooed away from the opulence of Beverly Hills by tall hedges and locked
gates, but the 1,200 homes of Hancock Park form a rare L.A. enclave that
invites exploration. The landmarked Hollywood sign is visible from many
streets, where the range of styles and fine construction evoke the boom days of the
1920s. Case in point: the Queen Anne–style Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch House,
at 637 South Lucerne, was trucked here in June 1924—while 100
high-society guests partied inside. Stars such as Nat King Cole, Kathy
Bates, and Patricia Heaton have helped the community keep its luster despite a westward
march of real estate trendiness.

America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

Hancock Park, Los Angeles

Tourists
are shooed away from the opulence of Beverly Hills by tall hedges and locked
gates, but the 1,200 homes of Hancock Park form a rare L.A. enclave that
invites exploration. The landmarked Hollywood sign is visible from many
streets, where the range of styles and fine construction evoke the boom days of the
1920s. Case in point: the Queen Anne–style Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch House,
at 637 South Lucerne, was trucked here in June 1924—while 100
high-society guests partied inside. Stars such as Nat King Cole, Kathy
Bates, and Patricia Heaton have helped the community keep its luster despite a westward
march of real estate trendiness.

Ambient Images Inc./ Alamy

America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

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