Charming Larchmont Village

Mar 06, 2009 by Lisa Newton

A few days ago between our rain showers, I ventured to a new location, Larchmont Village–a little and quaint section of Los Angeles known for its shops, boutiques, and restaurants tucked on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 1st Street.

In fact, recently, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to limit the scale of new development projects in Larchmont Village because:

Larchmont Village is the model for all neighborhoods in Southern California,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge. The ordinance calls for a 35-foot height limit on all buildings, a five-foot setback and a 50-foot limit on linear street frontage. Source: Beverly Press

Heady words and true as well. I’m so glad the Council approved this measure because Larchmont Village literally extends out from the residential areas from the south and north. With its Spanish architecture, palm trees, pastiches of different colors on its stuccos–it’s a tight and succinct “tucked in” area that the word Village is both apropos and not a misnomer.

Larchmont Village is the kind of place you want to sit with a cup of coffee, a scone, and the Sunday newspaper.

Or do some window shopping.

Or walk your dog.

Or enjoy a romantic dinner.

Or listen to some live jazz.

Check out the laid back atmosphere.

Did I mention shopping?

By the way, Larchmont Village is holding its Semi-annual Sidewalk Sale this weekend. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and get some great bargains while “chilling” with friends and family.

What’s happening in your neighborhood this weekend? Do you have any special plans for Travelin’ Local?

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9 Responses to “Charming Larchmont Village”

  1. Jannie Funster says:

    There is something cool (and free,) going on at our Umlauf Sculpture Gardens but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it as I have band rehearsal.

    Larchmont sounds pretty hip indeed. I look forward to being there some day.

    Jannie Funster’s last blog post..Seriously Weird!


  2. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Looks like a great area full of lots to do! Weekend plans? Maybe a grillin of some steak with some friends tomorrow. :) And an engagement shoot Sunday.


  3. LisaNewton says:

    @Jannie I googled Umlauf Sculpture Garden and it looks like a really cool place, but band rehearsal sounds like fun, too. What instrument do you play?

    @Lisa Grillin’ is great. I can smell it already……………:)


  4. Lance says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Are you sleeping????

    I really just want to let you know how much I enjoy all these pictures you share – I begin to feel like I’m “there” – or at least – I feel the culture of the area coming in to me. So, thank you for travelin’ local.

    Lance’s last blog post..Be Yourself, Share Freely


  5. LisaNewton says:

    @Lance Nope, no sleep here. I’m happy you’re feeling at home here…………….:)


  6. Diane C. says:

    Larchmont looks like a lovely village. I spent part of my childhood in a neighborhood not too far from there in West Hollywood. The street names bring back memories.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Scruffy Deer


  7. LisaNewton says:

    @ Diane C. I loved it there. You did get the feel of being in a small town even though you were in the big city.


  8. D. Travis North says:

    I love the shot of the musicians and the dining tables. The window shopping photo has a lot of potential. But I would suggest picking up a circular polarizing filter. It will cut a stop or two of light, but it will help you to control those reflections much better – at least to cut out the Rite Aid sign.

    Enjoying the photojournalism…keep it up.

    D. Travis North’s last blog post..Schuylkill Navy Yard


  9. LisaNewton says:

    @ D. Travis North Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve looked at them online, but was never sure if it would fit my camera. I probably take a look at a local shop this week.


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