West L. A. Real Estate Formative Years World Events 1960 to 1969

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The United States formative years 1960 to 1969 influenced the expansion of Westside Real Estate. In the early 20th Century resident home development was in West Adams. Before Beverly Hills, Ca was diggs patio idea marinaestablished Hancock Park was the most exclusive neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA. It was nicknamed, “Old Beverly Hills”.  Miracle Mile is adjacent to Hancock Park. In the 1920s Miracle Mile was developed by A.W. Ross. The stretch of Wilshire Blvd. near the La Brea Tar Pits is applauded as, “America Champs Elysees”. Hancock Park and Miracle Mile are known for classical designed residential properties. In 1939 seventeen homes were built for the Loyola Marymount University’s faculty. These were the first homes built in Westchester district, Los Angeles. Dedication of the Los Angeles Municipal Airport was in 1930. In 1941, Los Angeles Municipal Airport became known as Los Angeles Airport. In the 1940’s, Howard Hughes was manufacturing war-related aircraft and components. With unprecedented defense-related manufacturing, a residential community was built. The residential and commercial building concepts were, “balanced living.”  This community is Westchester, CA.

Decades before in 1887 M.C. Wicks, a real estate developer envisioned turning the Playa del Rey estuary into a major commercial harbor. Wicks owned the Ballona Development Company. Wicks invested $300,000.00 into the project but went bankrupt after three years. In 1916, the U.S. Army Corps reported that it would be infeasible to develop the inlet and basin as a major harbor. After World War 11 the Corps of Engineers submitted a study indicating the feasibility of creating a recreational craft harbor. The official dedication of Marina del Rey was in April 1965.  Westside seaside community Marina del Rey, CA is approximately one and one half square miles. Built from the late 1960s to early 1970s the Marina City Club. Part of land which complex is built was owned by Howard Hughes.   The first full-service high rise condominium built in Marina influenced luxury Westside real estate trends.


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The 60s was a decade of great hope, progress, turbulence, and grief. This was the Baby Boomers formative years. Cold War years the great enemy was Russia. Boomers remember when there would be bomb exercises at school? The hall siren would go off and students would have to get under their little wooden deck for shelter. Baby boomers were trained to believe this exercise would protect them again a Russian bomb. It was an innocent time. John F. Kennedy was elected President of the USA. This was a Presidential Era fueled by youth and progressions in American politics. Countries in Africa won independence for previous European colonial rule. The space race between the USA and Russia. The USA landed on the moon in 1961. The threat of world war instigated by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Federal troops sent to Mississippi to enforce school integration. The “Lion of the Senate”, Ted Kennedy first elected to the Senate in 1962. The then future President of the US, Bill Clinton met President John Kennedy in 1963. Months later, President John Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. President Lyndon B. Johnson picked up the Presidential mantle. President signed Voting Rights Bill, Medicare and requiring cigarette makers print the health effects of smoking. Unfortunately, Presidents Achilles Heel was the expansion of the Vietnam War. The timeless song, “Respect” released in 1967. 1968 was a grief year both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated. Those assassinations were within 5 years from the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The whole decade saw race riot in major American cities. Legendary music festival “Woodstock” ended the decade in 1969. A decade of unimaginable events.


  • Chad independent from France – January 1960
  • First Playboy Club opens in Chicago – February 1966
  • Senate passes Civil Rights Bill – April 1960
  • France explodes A-Bomb in Sahara becoming the 4th nuclear nation – April 1960
  • President D.Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960 – May 1960
  • John F. Kennedy wins Democratic primary – May 1960
  • Envoid approved by FDA first birth control pill – May 1960
  • “Pat Boone Show” premieres ABC-TV – June 1960
  • Former Belgian Congo (Zaire) declares independence for Belgium – June 1960
  • Mickey Mantle hits 300 HRs – July 1960
  • Democratic convention nominates John F. Kennedy as presidential candidate – July 1960
  • Chad’s independence from France – August 1960
  • Two dogs and 3 mice are carried into space by Sputnik 5 – August 1960
  • Cassius Clay wins Olympic light heavyweight gold medal – September 1960
  • Howdy Doody’s last show airs – Sept 1960
  • John Kennedy and Richard Nixon 4th presidential debate in NYC – October 1960
  • Muhammad Ali’s 1st professional fight against Tunney -October 1960
  • John F. Kennedy beats Richard Nixon and is 35th president of US – November 8,1960
  • King Saude takes power in Saudi Arabia – December 1960


  • U.S. lands on Moon
  • Pablo Picasso age 79 marries his model Jacqueline Rocque age 37 – March 1964
  • US goal to reach Moon announced by President J. Kennedy – May 1961
  • President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy visit Charles de Gaulle in Paris – May 1961
  • “If You Love Me Baby” records by Beatles – June 1961
  • Antonio Abertondo swims round trip the English Channel – September 1961
  • Building fallout shelters recommended President John Kennedy – October 1961
  • NBA player Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points – December 1961


  • Established US Navy Seals – January 1962
  • “Surfin” Beach Boys – February 1962
  • John Glenn 1st US citizen to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7 – February 1962
  • Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game – March 1962
  • Little Boy Blue and Blue Boys performance by Mike Jagger & Keith Richards – March 1961
  • Walter Cronkite anchor CBS Evening News – April 1962
  • Tony Bennett debuts at Carnegie Hall NYC – June 1962
  • Rolling Stones 1st performance at Marquee Club in London, England – July 1962
  • “If I Had A Hammer” released by Peter, Paul & Mary – August 1962
  • President John Kennedy sent 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi – September 1962
  • “Love Me Do” released by Beatles – October 1962
  • US blockade of Cuba begins Cuban missile crisis – October 1962
  • John Steinbeck awarded Pulitzer Prize for literature – 1962
  • Edward M. Kennedy elected Senator (D-Mass) – November 1962
  • Removal of Soviet weapons accepted by Fidel Castro – November 1962

  • 1963

    • “Please Please Me” and “Ask Me Why” released by Beatle -January 1963
    • Whiskey -A-Go-Go opens in Los Angeles, CA – January 11, 1963
    • Pete Rose 1st major league base hits are tripled – April 1963
    • “Cleopatra” opens in NYC – June 1963
  • Bill Clinton met President John Kennedy – July 24, l963
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy gives birth – August 7, 1963
  • “I Have A Dream” speech given by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. – August 28, 1963
  • Church bombed killing 4 young girls, Birmingham, AL – September 1963
  • Barbara Streisand and actor, Elliot Gould marry – September 13, 1963
  • Jim Brown set a single-season record in NFL rushing 8,390 yards – October 1963
  • Push button telephone introduced by Bell Telephone – November 1963
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated – November 22, 1963
  • Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson sworn as 36th president – November 22, 1963
  • Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald live in national TV – November 24, 1963
  • Launched Explorer 18 – November 1963


    • Beatles arrive at JFK airport for first US tour – February 1964
    • Elizabeth Taylor divorces Eddie Fisher – March 1964
    • 1st Ford Mustang produced by Ford Co – March 1964
    • LBJ announces War on Poverty – March 1964
    • Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton – March 1964
    • System 360 announced by IBM – April 1964
    • Rolling Stones 1st US tour begins – June 3, 1964
    • After 83-day filibuster, Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes – June 1964
    • Liz Taylor weds Richard Burton for the 1st time – June 1964
  •  Mel Brooks and Actress Anne Bancroft wed – August 5, 1964
  • United State Attorney General Robert Kennedy resigns – September 1964
  • Palestinian Liberation Army – September 1964
  • “Fiddler On The Roof” opens NYC – September 1964
  • Martin Luther King, Jr wins Nobel Peace Prize – 1964
  • Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Brezhnev & Kosygin as heads of Russia – October 1964
  • 5th nuclear power is China – October 1964
  • Yogi Berra fired as manager of Yankees – October 1964
  • “People” by Barbara Streisand released and was #1 for 5 weeks – October 1964
  • “Verrazano Narrows” the worlds longest suspension bridge (at the time) opens NYC – November 1964
  • “Goldfinger” opens US – December 1964
  • “Doctor Zhivago” debuts – December 1964


  • President Johnson signing Voting Rights Bill
  • President L.B. Johnson’s “Great Society” State of the Union – January 1965
  • Joe Namath signs with NY Jets – January 1965
  • TIROS 9 weather satellite launches by the U.S.A – January 1965
  • Peter Jennings becomes the anchor of ABC’s nightly news at 26 – February 1965
  • Canada’s Union Jack Flag replaced with Maple Leaf – February 1965
  • 1st combat US troops ordered to Vietnam – March 1965
  • “Satisfaction” released by Rolling Stone – June 1965
  • President L.B. Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print on the package the effects of smoking – July 1965
  • Cigarette ads are banned on UK TV – July 1965
  • Medicare signed President LB Johnson -1965
  • President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act – August 1965
  • Race Riots in Chicago, IL – August 1965
  • Hurricane Betsy kills 75 striking Florida and Louisiana – September 1965
  • Airlift of Cuban refugees from Cuba begins – December 1965
  • Launched Gemini – December 1965
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuts – December 1965


  • The U.S. requires cigarette “Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health” -January 1966
  • Red Auerbach NBA coach wins the 1,000th game – January 1966
  • In Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera House opens – January 1966
  • Luna 9 launched toward moon USSR – February 1966
  • Race riots in Watts district in Los Angeles, CA – March 1966
  • Janis Joplin plays in San Francisco, CA – June 1966
  • Jerry Lewis first Muscular Dystrophy telethon – September 1966
  • Rolling Stones on Ed Sullivan Show – September 1966
  • US & USSR prohibits nuclear weapons in outer space (treaty) – December 1966


  • Dutch Princess Margaret marries Pieter van Vollenhoven – January 1967
  • Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell heavyweight boxing – February 1967
  • “Respect” recorded by Aretha Franklin – February 1967
  • Muhammad Ali stripped of the heavyweight title for refusing induction in the army – April 1967
  • Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu marry – May 1967
  • “Evel Knievel’s” motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles – May 1967
  • “Six Day War” between Israel & Arab begins – June 1967
  • Beatles petition Times to legalize marijuana – July 1967
  • Naomi Sims 1st black model on cover US magazine – August 1967
  • “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” Gladys Knight & Pips
  • “Hair” debuts on Broadway – October 1967


  • 1st undersea special on US TV Jacques Cousteau – January 1968
  • 1st class stamp increases to 6 cents from 5 cents – January 7, 1968
  • Apollo 5 goes to the moon – January 22, 1968
  • Howard University administration building seized by students – March 1968
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson announces will not seek re-election – March 1968
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau PM of Canada – April 1968
  • Robert Kennedy assassinated – 1968
  • Martin L. King, Jr assassinated – 1968
  • Race riots in Gary, Indiana – July 1968
  • Richard Nixon on “Laugh-In” – September 1968
  • “Love Child” released Supreme -September 1968
  • Apollo 7 returns to earth US – October 1968


  • Woodstock Class of 1969
  • Clayton Powell, Jr (NY) seated in Congress – January 1969
  • “Yellow Submarine” Beatles – January 1969
  • Yassar Arafat chairman PLO – February 1969
  • Golda Meir Israel’s 4th PM – March 1969
  • President Richard Nixon proclaims will end Vietnam War in 1970 – March 1969
  • Woodstock Music and Art Fair in NY State – August 1969
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Lyrics: Woodstock

“Well I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road

And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me:

(He) said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.

Got to get back to the land, and set my soul free.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog.

And I feel myself a cog in something turning.

And maybe it’s the time of year, yes, said maybe it’s the time of man.

And I don’t know who I am but life is for learning.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,

And everywhere was song and celebration.

And I dreamed I saw the bomber jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,

Turning into butterflies above our nation.

We are stardust, we are golden, we caught in the devil’s bargain,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

artisto fine art 1 -1Wow, what a decade.  It was a time of West Los Angeles residential and commercial expansion.  In the 1960s the homeowners were introduced to the highest and best use of land. As versus to families living in one single family home condominiums and townhouses were introduced to the residential public. Consolidating multiple residents on one site.  In the late 1960's a high rise full-service condominium complex (Marina City Club) was built.  This trend reflected population and demand for homeownership. Politically and socially it was a time of unimaginable tragedy. Conversely, it was a time of enlightenment politically, socially and technically. Home buyers were expanded from single-family homes to condominiums, lofts and townhouses.

The national and international events influenced West Los Angeles housing expansion and trends. Looking back now this was an innocent time. Before Facebook, Tweeter and many people did not have a home computer. There was no such things as an iPhone.