The Wilshire Vista Neighborhood
Wilshire Vista is a neighborhood with about 1700 households conveniently located between Downtown LA and Santa Monica Beach, with close proximity to the 10 freeway and The Metro Expo Line. The rich collection of historic single family homes, duplexes and small apartment buildings on beautifully tree-lined streets, convenience to local restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops along Pico Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue make Wilshire Vista an ideal place to live.
Wilshire Vista is bounded by San Vicente Boulevard on the north, Hauser Boulevard on the east, Pico Boulevard on the south and Fairfax Avenue on the west.
A little Wilshire Vista history... A portion of Wilshire Vista was part of a 120-acre farm purchased in 1870 by Joseph Masselin, a French miner who had failed at prospecting in the 1849 California Gold Rush and then settled in the Los Angeles area in 1870. His heirs sold 73 acres fronting on Wilshire Boulevard to Walter G. McCarty, John A. Vaughn and John Evans, who combined it with other land to form the Wilshire Vista tract.
Sales and development began in 1922 on 85 acres of high, rolling ground between Pico, Cahuenga and Wilshire boulevards, with "the promising of a [street]car line, the new Los Angeles High School within eight minutes walk, the Page Military Academy on the adjoining property, the convenience to the city and beaches via the boulevards, as well as Country Club Drive and San Vicente Boulevard running across the tract."
In 2015, the northwest corner of Wilshire Vista was determined historically significant by SurveyLA and was named the "Orange Grove Avenue-Ogden Drive-Genesee Avenue Multi-Family Residential Historic District". This part of Wilshire Vista contains a unique district of multifamily homes adjacent to single family homes, built between 1927-1950 and most of which (96 percent) are still in their original condition.
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