Affairs of Estate

Three exclusive communities— conceived as oases in a teeming city—welcome a new generation

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Lafayette Square

The 19th-century idea of neighborhoods designed as worlds apart—the sky-piercing Victorians of Angelino Heights, the royalty-worthy castles of Chester Place—appealed to George Crenshaw, who used his banking fortune to build the sort of enclaves he would live in. None was more swank than Lafayette Square in Mid City. The grand mansions there lined streets as broad as a yacht’s wake and had monikers just as splendid: Buckingham, Victoria, Wellington. Look inside an estate



Trousdale Estates

When Paul Trousdale envisioned his place of privilege, it was the midcentury titans of industry he had in mind. Trousdale took over the trails once traversed by the Doheny family, and there on the ridges over Beverly Hills rose homes designed by the top architects of the postwar period—as modern as the people who acquired them. Look inside an estate



Colfax Meadows

The San Fernando Valley, newly water enriched, embarked on developing its own cachet in the 1920s. The homes were not as imposing— manageable Cliff May-style ranches and mini Tudor manses—but the aspirations were the same. Colfax Meadows and other neighborhoods lured builders with the promise of a life less common. Look inside an estate


Photographs by Dave Lauridsen  


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