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Larchmont (alternately Larchmont Village) is the commercial heart of an area in mid-city Los Angeles, California. The area's geographical location within the Windsor Square neighborhood receives patronage from nearby Hancock Park, located to the west, and Hollywood adjacent to the north. Although the neighborhood lies wholly within Windsor Square, and serves as Windsor Square's "main street," it is commonly thought of as a distinct district. Larchmont Village is centered on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street. A street car went up and down the street until the 1940s ." Keystone Cops" chases were filmed on Larchmont Blvd. "Abbot and Costello Meet The Three Stooges" was filmed on Larchmont Blvd along with FALSE ALARMS (1936) using both Third Street and Larchmont Blvd. Today many of the local homes are used to film commercials and movies. The hit movie " War Games" in 1983 with Matthew Broderick as David Lightman, utilized a home at Lucerne and Second Street as a major backdrop and set.

Larchmont Blvd.'s commercial strip.

Larchmont Village is a quaint and friendly shopping district in the center of a bustling city. 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 1920's California bungalows to grand old estates. It is convenient to nearby Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. Larchmont Village serves as a Main Street retail district to Hancock Park, Windsor Square and nearby Paramount Studios, and is home to the Larchmont Chronicle. Hollywood and Vine Streets is about one mile to the north. Melrose is parallel to Beverly Blvd and a few blocks north. It became very trendy commercial area just to the west . The area is close to Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles Tennis Club and Black Fox Military Academy ( private prep school founded by Mr. Toberman) . Michael Douglas is a well known graduate of Black Fox graduate. Also close by were the Corwin Family. Metropolitan Theatres Corporation today is owned and run by Bruce Corwin (Bonnie his twin sister lives in Beverly Hills).

The commercial strip along Larchmont Boulevard resembles a well-preserved downtown in a small Northeastern or Midwestern town. The movie theatre and its' Saturday Morning cartoons is gone . The trendy street is home to Chevalier's Bookstore, Landis General Store, newly opened Keller Williams Realty, as well as Pinkberry and numerous upscale restaurants and shops. The commercial area is one block long and extends south from Beverly Blvd to First Street . There are a few businesses north of Beverly but the stores are to the south. From First to Third street it is residential with Larchmont ending at Third Street where the street cars made the turn east on Third Street.

Larchmont Blvd., Looking South, Circa 1920-25

There is a multi-story medical building just north of Beverly Blvd which was not present in the 1921 -1970 era. Many local physicians were there , most notably Mary Elizabeth Tiffin MD. She was an early woman in medicine in Los Angeles and practiced pediatrics in this area and Beverly hills for more than 50 years. She cared for almost all the girls at Marlborough School (located at Rossmore and Third Street) in her era. Her husband was John G. Clegg MD and two of her children became physicians (Charles Tiffin Clegg MD and John G. Clegg MD - deceased). Harold M. Stern lived on Arden Blvd next door to the Cleggs . He had graduated from Harvard Law School in 1916 . The Sterns owned three of the four corners of Hollywood and Vine because a Stern family homestead had been there before the development of Hollywood . James C. Specht lived on Arden ( his father owned Calcor Corporation). Willam Noyes Phd who lived very close to Larchmont Blvd on Arden Blvd. and is a retired history professor ( University of Arizona ). The May family ( May Company ) lived on Arden Blvd nearby.

White House Chief of Staff H.R "Bob" Haldeman moved in to the Hancock Park area not far from Larchmont Blvd . Warren Christopher (U.S. Secretary of State) lived in the area from 1993-1997 when he sold his home there . Muhammid Ali lived near Mayor Tom Bradley in Windsor Square. Nat King Cole lived in the area.

Education

Larchmont is zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District [1].

Some residents are zoned to Van Ness Elementary School. Some residents are zoned to Third Street Elementary School. Some residents are zoned to Vine Street Elementary School. Some residents attend John Burroughs Junior High School, Los Angeles High School , and went to Third Street School (grades 1-6) - Some residents are zoned to Le Conte Middle School and Fairfax High School.


Larchmont Charter School, a Kindergarten through 6th grade charter school, is located in the area.

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