Cheviot Hills

Cheviot Hills provides excellent views of much of the Los Angeles Basin, and has often been the site for the filming of motion pictures and television shows, including Laurel and Hardy in the 1920s and 30s, The Ropers television series from the late 1970s, the movie Private School in 1983, and Modern Family in 2009. Cheviot Hills’ gently rolling hills are reminiscent of the Cheviot Hills area of Scotland, which is how the area got its name. Almost all of the area that today is known as Cheviot Hills was within the Spanish land grant of Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes. Initial construction in the residential section west of Motor Avenue dates to the 1920s. From the 1920s to 1953, the streetcar line known as the Santa Monica Air Line of the Pacific Electric Railway ran along the southern edge of Cheviot Hills, and provided passenger service between Cheviot Hills, downtown Los Angeles and downtown Santa Monica. This enclave of Spanish Colonial bungalows and ranch houses draws young professionals and families and is home to residents working in a variety of professional occupations. Today, many of the modest sized homes have been rehabbed into larger and more modern architecture.