Many successful artists, entertainers, and professionals live in La Fayette Square in mid Los Angeles. This semi-gated community is extremely wealthy and historic.
La Fayette Square was developed by George LaFayette Crenshaw, who was inspired by the European architecture of the early 1900’s. Despite his work, the community was named for Lieutenant General LaFayette who fought in the American Revolution. La Fayette Square was centered on the palm tree-lined path of St. Charles Place and was intended as an upscale residential park. Houses are still there that reflect the eras of 1910 and 1920. You’ll find Spanish Colonial Revival, Italianate, Neo-Federalist, American Craftsman, American Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival structure designs.
Today there are 236 houses here. Many of these historic homes have features from days past like mahogany staircases and cabinets. Much has been preserved while the latest renovations have been added to offer the best in comfort and style. You’ll find large kitchens, maid quarters, quaint balconies, and expansive front porches. Many homes have been updated with dual channel heating and air conditioning.
La Fayette Square is surrounded by wrought-iron gates that were added in 1989. This cut down on commuter traffic and going through St. Charles Place is the only way into this community. This picturesque neighborhood is close to downtown Los Angeles, Venice, and Beverly Hills as well as the major freeways. The Santa Monica Beach is only nine miles away.
The community originally consisted of white-only homeownership then shifted to mostly African American ownership in the 1950’s. Today La Fayette Square is more of a racially mixed area. Families here usually do not use the public schools system, opting for private facilities that include Marlborough School, for young women, and Loyola High School, for young men.
This neighborhood experiences the Mediterranean climate of Los Angeles with temperatures above 71 degrees.
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