George A.J. Howard had a vision of a peaceful residential park, reminiscent of an English countryside. He had his sights set on an undeveloped, rural area now know as Windsor Square. The early city fathers of Los Angeles helped bring his vision to fruit and in 1911 the neighborhood was initiated by Robert A. Rowan.
They decided that it would be an exclusive square with private ownership going to both the homes and streets. At that time bamboo groves had to be destroyed so that trees and gardens of choice could be nurtured. Early developers discouraged fences so that gardens flowed esthetically into each other. Restrictions of at least $12,550 were set on home deeds to guarantee that the neighborhood remained upscale. Paul Williams and A.C. Martin were two of the many well known architects who designed homes for this community. Howard himself joined the elite in moving to Windsor Square along with Norman Chandler and oil magnate J. Paul Getty.
The street names were created with English inspiration resulting in streets like Irving, Windsor, and Plymouth. The developer named Lorraine Boulevard after his daughter and Paul J. Howard planted most of the square’s beautiful gardens.
The mansions in this area are priced in the millions and offer many features like oak floors, intricate moldings, French doors, and mature gardens. The floor designs allow for plenty of sunlight and beautifully constructed bedrooms. There are also renovations with updated appliances in the kitchens as well as the bathrooms and central heating. Residents love their private outdoor retreats with sparkling pools and spas. Many lots have three-car garages.
Public schools that serve this area include Van Ness Avenue Elementary, John Burroughs Middle School, and Fairfax Senior High School. Private schools include St. James’ Episcopal Day School and Marlborough High School for Girls, which is L.A.’s most prestigious all-girls school.
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