“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike”
“I can’t say enough how impressed I was with our whole experience of working with Clinton. He treated us like family from start to finish, making the process fluid and easy. Being from out of state, it could have been a much more difficult transition, but Clinton helped make it all come together seamlessly. He was professional and knowledgeable, but most importantly, he was kind and continually went above and beyond any expectation we had. I couldn’t feel more thankful for him and all of his hard work and dedication through the process. “
- Matt & Jess
Area of Focus - Palms
(originally "The Palms") is a highly diverse, densely populated community in the Westside region of Los Angeles, California, founded in 1886 and the oldest neighborhood annexed to the city, in 1915. The 1886 tract was marketed as an agricultural and vacation community. Today it is a primarily residential area, with a large number of apartment buildings, ribbons of commercial zoning and a single-family residential area in its northwest corner.
Until the early 1960s, most of Palms was single-family homes and small duplexes and triplexes, most of which were built in the Craftsman and Spanish Colonial styles that dominated Southern California in the first quarter of the 20th century. Under pressure to provide affordable housing, the city of Los Angeles rezoned most of the district for large multifamily dwellings. This had the result of most of Palms' historic housing stock being razed and replaced with two-story (or larger) apartment buildings. Very few original houses remain, and many of those are on lots where additional housing units have been built on what were once backyards. Palms is now one of Los Angeles' most densely populated neighborhoods, but the average household size of two people was low compared to the city at large.
The housing stock in historic Palms is now almost completely composed of apartment buildings, and 92% of the population there are renters. In 2000, rentals in the entire Palms neighborhood amounted to 87% of occupied dwellings, compared to 13% of owner-occupied units. The upscale Westside Village district contains the only significant remaining concentration of owner-occupied single-family homes, largely constructed by developer Fritz Burns in assembly-line style just before World War II; most of these houses have been expanded during their lifetime, and some have been replaced in recent years by bigger, two-story dwellings. Apartment buildings, including two UCLA family- and graduate-student housing complexes, line even Westside Village's major thoroughfares.