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Larchmont Village


Larchmont Village

Larchmont Village is a quaint and friendly shopping district in the center of the bustling city of Los Angeles. It is located in one of the oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods in Los Angeles and is bordered by some of the most well preserved older homes in the city, ranging from 1920s California bungalows to grand old estates. Larchmont Village serves as a Main Street retail district to Hancock Park, Windsor Square and nearby neighborhoods. Larchmont maintains a small town field and serves as a lovely community-gathering place. Visitors can enjoy the charm of the day by experiencing a variety of wonderful ethnic restaurants, sidewalk cafés and upscale boutiques.  Historical Larchmont Village photos can be seen on the website.


Location of Larchmont Village

Located to the south of Hollywood and east of Hancock Park, Larchmont Village lies tucked into the heart of Los Angeles is urban quilt. Although the neighborhood lies wholly within Windsor Square, and serves as Windsor squares Main Street, it is commonly thought of as a distinct district. Serenely detached from the surrounding hustle, it has, for the most part, escaped the attention of the larger world. Remarkably to, it has held back time, retaining the scale and feel of the small town of Larchmont, New York, for which it was named in the early 1920s.


Larchmont Village Stores

Larchmont Village itself is centered on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and third Street and its businesses depend heavily on foot traffic; Dawson's bookshop celebrating its centennial last year while Chevalier’s Books provides individual recommendations. There are also restaurants, specialty clothing boutiques, coffee shops, juice stores, video stores, ice cream parlors, a pet store, and a confectionery that specializes in Belgian chocolates. Landis department store is one of the oldest stores on Larchmont Boulevard and has been there since the early 1920s.

During the 1950s and 60s, stores such as Landis, Canterbury Lane, Theo Arts beauty salon, and Larchmont hardware were focal points on the Boulevard. One of the most favorite stores on Larchmont Boulevard, during the 1950s and 60’s, was the Larchmont record store, which was owned and operated by Ray Stratton. Customers were allowed to play records in the two soundproof listening rooms, before purchasing the records. Many of the kids who grew up in Hancock Park and Windsor Square would go to the Larchmont record store to listen to records.


The popular website, hollywood, has one of the largest collections of photographs of Larchmont Boulevard. Historian and author, Bruce Torrence, took hundreds of photographs of Larchmont Boulevard in the 1970s. All the photos on the website are available for purchase.

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