During a time of extreme population growth, the neighborhood of Wilshire Vista began in the early 1920s. The original boundaries of Wilshire Vista were Spaulding Avenue to the west, Wilshire Boulevard to the north, Cahuenga Road which is now Cochran Ave to the East, and Pico Boulevard to the South.
Newspaper ads in the Los Angeles Times featured the new subdivision in October 1921. Those who knew of the original "Wilshire" - the area east of La Brea - knew that with a name including "Wilshire" the subdivision must be spectacular. Wilshire Vista was named the "Cream of Wilshire" perfect in every way. McCarty and Vaughan Corporation sold lots starting $1,650. The neighborhood had piping for gas and water, paved streets with sidewalks and curbs, it also had decorative streetlights.
Architectural styles vary enormously in Wilshire Vista; one can find English Tudor, storybook European, Mediterranean, Spanish and Spanish Mission. Interestingly, most homes were built in the mid-twenties to the mid-thirties. The commercial buildings also echo the architectural styles from this time period. Spanish Mission, Art Deco, and Spanish motif were all very popular styles at the time.
Wilshire Vista is unique and charming due to its diversity regarding residents and style. It is a prosperous community with many small businesses and great neighbors to live life with.
Resources & Links:
- UCLA Life Sciences | The department's home page.
- The UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum | Houses both permanent and touring collections.
- The UCLA Fowler Museum | Features a large variety of art and artifacts outside Western culture.
- Local School Links
- Crime Statistics
- Southern California Home Sale Activity | Los Angeles home sales data, organized by ZIP code. Updated monthly.
- LA County Online
- The Los Angeles Times | Online version of the local periodical.
- KCRW | National Public Radio station, based at Santa Monica College.
- ArtScene | Guide to California's museums.
- National Park Search | Great National Parks link.
- California State Parks | Highly recommended.
- Yahoo! Neighborhood Profiles | For neighborhood demographics, cost of living and quality of life.