Sunday, May 31, 2009

A hidden gem of a neighborhood

Today I revisited Windsor Village, one of L.A.'s most charming neighborhoods. "Don't give us away on your blog!" came the request from one resident, so you're on your own to find this oasis.

Pristine streets, pristine buildings, neighborhood pride

It's residential-only and hence not a true village in the sense of Larchmont or Brentwood, but what it lacks in retail amenities it more than makes up for in style and livability, with a small community park at its center, tree-lined streets, a mix of multi-unit and single-family dwellings, and the almost time-frozen vibe of a much kinder, gentler Los Angeles.

A multi-unit building at the heart of Windsor Village

Single-family homes, mature trees, distinguished architecture

I discovered this area several years ago and try to make a detour through the neighborhood at least once a year to reassure myself that it still exists and flourishes. The many SAVE WINDSOR VILLAGE signs posted in front yards evidently refer to the neighborhood's effort to keep developers from invading with condo buildings; two projects were successfully squelched last year.

The 3-bedroom owner's unit in this apartment house is currently for rent for $2850.