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Wonderland Park: A Neighborhood Story

“I don’t think we could ever find life as wonderful as it’s been on Wonderland Park.” 

Many of you have seen our latest listing on Wonderland Park Avenue in Laurel Canyon, but what you may not know is that Wonderland Park is one of the most special streets in the entire city of LA. It’s so special, in fact, that a documentary is currently in the works by David Ash, one of its residents.

The neighborhood was created in the 1950s by a group of friends, who based it on the concept of an integrated housing cooperative. Over the years, the street maintained that spirit of innovation and played home to an eclectic collection of artists, creators, and visionaries.

Read on for just a taste of its incredible history, and be sure to check out the trailer for Wonderland Park: A Neighborhood Story down below.

Douglas Kirkland was a renowned photographer and longtime resident of Wonderland Park. He’s shown here photographing Marilyn Monroe.

Douglas Kirkland Wonderland Park Marilyn Monroe

Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch, one of the most successful screenwriting teams in Hollywood, were one-time residents of Wonderland Park. They wrote such films as Hud, Norma Rae, and Hombre, and were notable for their acute concern for social justice.

Harriett Frank and Irving Ravetch Wonderland Park

The Bailey House was Case Study House #21 by famous architect Pierre Koenig. It’s also part of the Wonderland Park Neighborhood.

Bailey House Wonderland Park

Timothy Leary was an American psychologist and writer known for exploring the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. And he was a Wonderland Park resident.

Timothy Leary Wonderland Park

Paul Schrade, right, is a longtime resident of Wonderland Park. While working as an Aide for Senator Robert Kennedy, he was hit by one of the bullets fired by the Senator’s assailant.

Paul Schrade Wonderland Park

Architect Philip Kimmelman’s house is one of many fine examples of Mid-Century architecture on Wonderland Park.

Wonderland Park

Garrett Eckbo was part of the original group who created the neighborhood. He is widely regarded as the father of Modern landscape architecture.

Garrett Eckbo Wonderland Park

Governor Jerry Brown was a Wonderland Park resident during his first term as Governor of California, 1975-1983.

Jerry Brown Wonderland Park

And of course our latest listing, located at 9008 Wonderland Park Avenue, is a spectacular example of Mid-Century Modern architecture at its finest. It’s currently on the market for $2,495,000, so if you’re ready to be part of this significant and special neighborhood, contact us for a private showing today

9008 Wonderland Park

Don’t forget to check out the trailer for Wonderland Park: A Neighborhood Story, by David Ash, below: