Welcome to Baldwin Hills
Home to one of the country’s wealthiest African American communities, Baldwin Hills is often referred to as the “Black Beverly Hills”.
Perched on the high hills overlooking Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills boasts unparalleled panoramic views of the city and is a peaceful, residential haven for those looking to escape the busy metropolitan areas. Famous Black celebrities like Tina Turner, Paul Williams, and Ice Cube have previously called Baldwin Hills home, leading it to gain a reputation for being the "Black Beverly Hills."
The affluent community is incredibly tight-knit, and many homeowners have been here for decades. Most residents today are renters, and typically the population is composed of young professionals, empty nesters, and retirees. Within this hidden gem of a neighborhood, you'll find a mixture of palatial estates, grand manors, bungalows, and mid-century architecture.
Because of Baldwin Hills real estate's residential focus, there isn't much in the way of retail, but its closeness to the Hayden Tract and Expo Line makes it easy to access the Westside, Playa Vista, Culver City, Downtown, LAX, and the Westside. So while the most significant shopping and dining aren't in the immediate vicinity, it's not hard to find. The closest attractions are the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Shopping Mall and the Westfield Culver City Mall.
There is a great soul food scene in Baldwin Hills, including Southern Girl Desserts
, famous for their cakes, unique cupcake flavors, sweet tea, and other Southern-style treats. Dulan's on Crenshaw
serves up classic Southern dishes and mouthwatering soul food. Brooklyn Deli
is a traditional mom-and-pop deli and mini-mart selling heaping sandwiches and snacks. They also offer vegan options and catering.
If you're looking for fun things to do on the weekend, Kenneth Hahn State Park
is one of the largest open spaces and inner-city parks in Los Angeles. Norman O. Houston Park
is a smaller park with a children's play area, basketball courts, and picnic tables, similar to the Jim Gilliam Park & Recreation Center
. At Jim Gilliam, residents can partake in various programs and compete on sports teams. The facility also features numerous amenities like tennis courts, multipurpose sports fields, a community room, baseball diamonds, and more.
You'll also want to visit the wildlife rescue and science museum STAR Eco Station.
Their mission is to save as many illegally traded exotic animals as possible and provide them a haven while also educating the public. The Museum of African American Art
showcases local and international artists and offers free admission.