Palms, originally known as “The Palms” prior to the 1920’s, is a neighborhood in the west-side of Los Angeles. Founded around 1886, Palms is the first neighborhood to be annexed to Los Angeles, in 1915. Originally marketed as an area for agriculture and vacationing, Palms is today primarily a residential community, with single family homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial zones. The area is named for the 5,000 palm trees said to be brought in and planted, along eight miles of streets near the Southern Pacific train depot, by land developers in 1886, with this year considered to be the birth date of Palms. While the neighborhood has no official boundaries, it is generally defined by Venice Blvd., the I-10, and the I-405. Palms lies just west of Culver City, east of Mar Vista, and south of Cheviot Hills. Palms lies about 9 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, and 5 miles east from the beaches of Santa Monica.
In addition to single family homes, common architecture in Palms includes duplexes and triplexes, with most structures built in the Spanish Colonial or Craftsman style. During later years, larger multifamily buildings were constructed to provide more affordable housing after the City of Los Angeles rezoned most of the area. Properties in the area are highly sought after both as owner-occupied homes or as rentals which are in great demand. Palms is served by the Metro Expo Line and multiple bus routes.
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