Ladera Heights, California

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Ladera Heights is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. The population was 6,568 at the 2000 census. Culver City lies to its west, the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to its north, and the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles to its south and southwest.



When Frank Robinson and other notable black sports heroes moved to Ladera Heights in the 1970s, many other affluent blacks integrated into the neighborhood. In the late 1970s, a brief period of "white flight" occurred, with many affluent white families leaving the neighborhood for cities such as Palos Verdes. In the early 1980s, the neighborhood became a mecca for wealthy black families. The Southern California real estate boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s brought into the area a few more upper middle-class families of other races. [1]

The community

As with neighboring View Park-Windsor Hills — a predominately wealthy African-American area — Ladera Heights is an affluent, upper-middle class area. Much of the area's desirability stems from the views of the Pacific Ocean available from many hillside houses, as well as its proximity to beaches, Hollywood, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the San Diego Freeway.[citation needed]

In comparison to other affluent white neighborhoods in Los Angeles county, Ladera Heights has been called the "black Brentwood", "black Beverly Hills" and "black Palos Verdes" (quote from Reservoir Dogs).

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