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Baldwin Hills

Jaw-dropping views of DTLA and the distant mountains are just the start of the perks of living in this pristine LA neighborhood

Welcome to Baldwin Hills

Nestled just south of the Santa Monica Freeway and within 30 minutes of both DTLA and the city’s golden beaches, the picturesque neighborhood of Baldwin Hills is a South Los Angeles gem that boasts a vibrant history and stunning vistas. The community borders the massive Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, providing an outlet for exploring nature right in residents’ backyards.

Baldwin Hills is a historically wealthier community with a strong connection to African American culture and has been home to several top celebrities throughout the years, including those such as Tina Turner and Ray Charles. The neighborhood began to develop in the early 20th century and was named for the notable 19th-century horse racing and land-developing maverick Elias J. Baldwin.

A blend of magnificent mansions and swanky mid-century bungalows melds fashion with sophistication in Baldwin Hills, where the sweeping views of Downtown outshine even those found within Beverly Hills. Patios peer out over miles of rolling landscapes while upscale interiors reflect the height of fashionable designs while the hilly streets remain quiet and calm.

What to Love

  • Gorgeous views and natural scenery
  • Incredibly walkable area with easy shopping access
  • Next door to parks and outdoor recreation

Local Lifestyle

The pristine neighborhood of Baldwin Hills is an amalgamation of all the best facets of suburban living. An ideal location places locals close to the beach and city, while the community’s commercial offerings and amenities mean that residents don’t need to leave the neighborhood boundaries to experience high-end shopping and dining.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The center for all things retail in Baldwin Hills, The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, is known as one of the first shopping malls developed specifically for automobile access and has been a community pillar since its creation in 1947. Today, shoppers can browse familiar retailers like Macy’s or Bath & Body Works, grab a delicious meal, hit the cinema, or explore The Museum of African American Art exhibits.

Here, too, are some of the hottest restaurants in Baldwin Hills, including the effortlessly hip Post & Beam. Specializing in trendy Californian fare and fresh, casual cuisine, Post & Beam offers delicious options from within its warm and homey environment, where they frequently host live music performances.

Mouth-watering fried chicken, heavenly Southern sides that radiate comfort — it isn’t hard to see why the menu at Hotville Chicken has made it a must-try staple among Baldwin Hills locals and an award-winning powerhouse for culinary excellence. For those sweet tooth cravings, Crenshaw Plaza houses Southern Girl Desserts, where a range of cookies, cupcakes, puddings, pies, and other various treats await.

Things to Do

Getting out and into nature is made simple by the presence of two massive outdoor recreation areas, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. The latter provides an expansive 300 acres of lush beauty for exploration and includes a stunning Japanese Garden, playgrounds, lakes, hiking trails, community centers, and sports amenities.

A Baldwin Hills classic, the Scenic Overlook invites visitors to hike through restored native habitat before taking in the 360-degree views of DTLA at the park’s hilltop perch. Those with children or anyone with an affinity for sports will appreciate the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex. The facility offers cultural, fitness, and sports programs along with many amenities, including but not limited to lighted tennis courts, sports fields, skate parks, and an indoor kitchen.

Schools

Baldwin Hills is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Windsor School, 7-12
  • Loyola High School of Los Angeles, 9-12
  • Wildwood School, K-12


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