Protected as a conservation district, few neighborhoods have preserved their original charm as well. The distinctive 1920s Tudor cottages that predominate in this little area just south of White Rock Lake lend Hollywood Heights – Santa Monica a distinct identity. That character, plus access to Lakewood Elementary, have made it a magnet for young families.
The people who seek out this neighborhood really appreciate the architecture and history. The neighborhood is in a conservation district, so there are rules and restrictions about what neighbors can do to their homes. Most of the Tudor homes were built in the ‘20s, so you won’t find the boxy moderns that are cropping up across town. It’s not allowed. Plus, residents love their neighborhood social life.