The Village Green
5112 – 5595 Village Green
Los Angeles CA 90016
The Village Green is a 629 condo post war planned community in Baldwin Hills. Built in 1942, village Green condos are affordable, the area is improving, and there is so much greenery and open space it feels like living at summer camp!
Village Green is famous for its urban planning. It is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark like the Statue of Liberty. Owners in Village Green are qualified for the Mills Act which provides substantial tax savings.
Architectural team: Reginal Johnson, Robert Alexander, Lewis Wilson, and Edwin Merrill, and landscape architect Fred Barlow Jr designed this community. They imagined it as a pedestrian friendly suburban utopia. The original architects believed in this ideal community. They all lived in the community after it was built. Reginald Johnson stayed a little over two years, Fred Barlow Jr. Lived in the village until 1948, Robert Alexander until 1951, and Lewis Wilson and Edwin Merrill lived in the village until their deaths in 1957 and 1964.
The Village Green was originally an apartment complex called Baldwin Hills Village. Local hero E.G. “Lucky” Baldwin put up some of his ranch land for this $3,500,000 project to be built and lent it his name. The apartment community always had a waiting list.
On December 14th of 1963, tragedy struck the area, when the Baldwin Hills Dam broke resulting in a flood that destroyed 250 homes and killed five people.
The Village Green was severely damaged. The Baldwin Hills Dam was closed after the disaster and never reopened.
Some years later after the village was cleaned up and rebuilt, the estate of Baldwin placed the Village for sale. In 1972, Terramics Corporation purchased the property, and converted it to condominiums. They remodeled the units and renamed the community “The Village Green” as it is known by today. The condominium conversion happened in stages and it took 6 years to remodel and sell all of the condos, ending in 1978. The advertisements for the Development boasted that “our grass is greener” and that the Village green was a “Heckuva Buy”.
The Village Green is located in Baldwin Hills. Baldwin hills is a very strategic and convenient commuter location. Just a block away from the 10 Freeway, and the new metro expo line- if you are traveling to work east towards downtown or west towards West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, you have a very quick commute. This is a great place to buy and build up equity if you can’t afford to live in those pricey areas right now. It’s about 15 minutes to LAX airport. If you want great dinning, shopping, and entertainment- unfortunately Baldwin Hills is somewhat lacking, however its nearby neighbors of Westchester (20 Mins), Culver City (5 mins), Downtown Los Angeles (30 mins), and West Hollywood (30 mins) and Miracle Mile (20 mins) offer plentiful choices.
The Crenshaw Mall is the major shopping area in Baldwin Hills at the moment. It is suppose to be redone over the next few years with a $500 Million dollar renovation, so I’m excited to see what happens with that area.
if you want mountainous hiking terrain and the best view of Downtown in the city, Kenneth Hahn Park and Baldwin Hills Stairs are just five minutes away.
Safety: Baldwin hills is a transition neighborhood. Over the years it is much improved, however there is crime in the area. Village Green does not have a 6 foot high perimeter wall surrounding it. People can freely move through the grounds. The HOA of Village Green is very proactive about crime, they write a monthly newsletter that they distribute to homeowners that talks about any incidents. Most of the incidents that occur are petty, like someone taking a bike, or making too much noise. All owners in Village Green look out for each other.
Record sale: $665,000 4/6/2016
Turnover: 4% about 25 condos a year or two a month
What stands out the most about the Village Green is its astounding 68 acres of land with half of that preserved as open space! You will not find any new developments in Los Angeles like this.
There are three large grassy open areas called “Greens” that run through the center of the property. The Main Green is the largest and in the center. The East Green and the West Green are on either side of the main green.
These outdoor spaces are put to good use, hosting events such as weddings, movies and concerts, or outdoor activities like walking, and playing sports.
The thinking of the original architects was to make the community pedestrian friendly. There are no through streets that require intersections or crosswalks in the Village Green where pedestrians and cars mix. The roads are pushed to the outside around the perimeter. Many residents take a walk around the property every day, a full loop is about 3 miles.
Village Green is an urban forest. Its grounds are home to about 1,600 trees of all different varieties. Some of the trees I recognize are Sycamore, Olive Trees, Camphor, Box Elders, Cedar, Pines, Ash, Chinese Elm, Magnolia, Carrotwood, Eucalyptus, Oak Trees. There are hundreds of different species.
There are 10 different Floorplans in the Village Green. They are mixed between Single Level and Townhouse. Floor plan options offer 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom layouts, although the 3 bedrooms are quite rare.
1 BR (342 condos)
1,000 sqft – 750 sqft
2 BR (245 condos)
1,200 sqft – 1,000 sqft
3 BR (42 condos)
Features: Kitchens were originally designed with Formica counter-tops, but many owners have upgraded them over the years. Condos have Gas, so you have gas water heater and gas stove. Kitchens are compact, usually in a galley configuration and have a window. Original floors were Parquet wood floors that many condos still have. Most of the condos have wood burning fireplaces. One of my favorite features is the huge outdoor patios many condos have. Great space for entertaining and enjoying the great outdoors. The walls are lathe and plaster. The whole complex has a vintage mid century mod vibe. Since there is so much space between buildings, these condos get really good natural light.
Parking & Laundry
Each Court has a Laundry Room. There are two washers and 2 dryer in each laundry room. The laundry room machines have recently been upgraded to accept credit cards. Owners are allowed to install Laundry in their condos with HOA permission. Residents can sign up for a time slot for exclusive access to laundry facilities, one hour per week between 8am-2pm. After 2pm is open to all.
For Parking, each condo gets one assigned garage space. This space is only allowed for parking and NOT Storage. The HOA does an inspection each year of the garages to make sure every owner is in compliance. Additional Parking is available in parking spaces around the property.
Home Owners Association
The HOA in Village green is very active. There are several committees that owners can volunteer to part of and they write a monthly newsletter.
HOA dues Monthly Cost? 1 BRS $400/mo. 2 Brs $450/mo.
HOA dues cover? water, trash, maintenance of landscaping and building insurance, reserves
Owner Pays? Electricity, Gas, Condo Insurance, Internet, Cable
any special assessments? No
Pet Policy? There use to be no pets in the past, so there are still some residents who don’t like them, however now Village Green is very pet tolerant. One pet is allowed under 30lbs.
Rental Policy? Rentals are allowed, so these condos make good investments. Lease terms must be a minimum of one (1) year. No Short term rentals
EQ Insurance? No
Special move in instructions?
Can you have BBQ on balcony? Yes
Ms. Sherri Giles, Operations Manager
Village Green Owners’ Association
5300 Village Green
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm.
Walk-in hours: 8am – 11am; 3pm-5pm.