Baldwin Hills is an affluent hillside neighborhood and is home to the largest middle- and upper-middle-class African American community in Los Angeles. African Americans make up 72% of this neighborhood with Latinos in a distant second at 17%. Baldwin Hills has a tight-knit community and many of the homeowners have lived there for decades. The local claim to fame is that Baldwin Hills hosted the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
The star power of such famous former residents as Tina Turner, Tom Bradley, Ice Cube and architect Paul Williams, led to it being dubbed the Black Beverly Hills — although its views have the other Beverly Hills beat, hands down.
There is not much in the way of shopping or dining within Baldwin Hills but you'll find plenty of options in adjacent neighborhoods. The main attraction for shopping would be the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Shopping Mall. Their latest success story has been the introduction of Post & Beam, a California style restaurant with a touch of southern soul.
The neighborhood has a mix of grand mansions as well as modest bungalows, and given its hillside perch your home here will likely have great views of the Los Angeles area. Most of the homes here are rental properties. In fact, 70% of the homes are for rent.
When you want to get outdoors you can head to the nearby Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which has hiking, a Japanese garden, playgrounds, sports fields and courts, and a lake stocked with catfish and trout. Near the park you'll also find an active petroleum field, but the pumps are not noisy.
Burbank: 17.9 miles / 35-40 minutes by car / 80 minutes by transit
Century City: 7.2 miles / 20 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 7.5 miles / 20-25 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 11 miles / 20 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
An urban oasis and one of the largest inner-city parks and regional open spaces in greater Los Angeles.
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