Named after the Hancock family, who made a fortune by selling plots of land once their oil derricks ran dry, Hancock Park became a hot spot during Hollywood's Golden Age.
Now, the upscale area between Wilshire Boulevard and Melrose Avenue plays home to diverse groups of people, and its streets are filled with sprawling mansions and rolling lawns.
In 2017, the historic neighborhood saw more than 40 single-family home sales of $2 million, and 11 sales of $5 million or more. Here's a look at the most expensive transactions.
$12.4 million – South Hudson Avenue
Hancock Park's priciest home sale this year comes with celebrity pedigree. The 1920s English Revival-style estate was sold in November by "West Wing" writer-producer John Wells and had been visited in 2010 by Barack Obama.
Box hedges and gardens lead up to the brick house, which features a two-story entry, a formal dining room with hand-painted canvas walls and nine bedrooms across nearly 10,000 square feet of living space.
The one-acre grounds also hold a pool, greenhouse, gazebo and tennis court.
Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland held the listing. Jenna Cooper of Compass represented the buyer.
$9.5 million – South Hudson Avenue
Just up the street from Wells' former home, this Spanish Colonial-style home on half an acre sold at a reduced price in January, records show.
Built by architect Paul Williams in 1927, the estate features floors of French oak and Italian limestone across 9,100 square feet of living space.
A two-story entry leads to a formal living room with two fireplaces. Out back sits a pool and spa, patio area and grill.
John Duerler of Hancock Homes Realty was the listing agent.
$9 million – South Hudson Avenue
Last year, South Hudson Avenue was the place to be. The street held three of Hancock Park's top five home sales in 2017, including a 1930s Mediterranean estate that sold in May in a deal completed off-market.
Within about 6,000 square feet of living space are a wood-paneled library, a beamed-ceiling living room, a sun room and three terraces. There are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, records show.
$8.225 million – North June Street
In February, this 1920s Spanish Colonial spread took home $225,000 more than the asking price. The remodeled interior features elegant living spaces such as a formal dining room, a chandelier-topped family room and a wood-paneled wet bar.
A winding staircase leads to the second story, where the master suite opens to a balcony lined with terra-cotta tile overlooking the landscaped backyard.
Jon Grauman of the Agency held the listing. Santiago Arana, also of the Agency, represented the buyer.
$7.88 million – South Muirfield Road
Rounding out the list is a Tudor-style estate once owned by heavy metal musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie. The 1924-built estate, which has been updated with modern flourishes while retaining its period details, sold in January for $20,000 more than the asking price.
Highlights of the 7,401-square-foot house include an expansive great room with French doors and a fireplace set into a marble hearth, as well as a pub equipped with a custom bar and brass inlay.
The grounds hold multiple patios surrounding a pool and spa.
Amy Davis of Douglas Elliman was the listing agent. Rose Ware of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices represented the buyer.