Coastal native tribes inhabited Lawndale and the South Bay area before 1822, when Spanish land grants were issued. Antonio Ignacio Avila was granted three separate parcels of land that he called Rancho Sausal-Redondo, which included the modern communities of Lawndale, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. With very little rainfall, this area became known for its success with “dry farming,” or the ability to raise cattle, sheep and grow orchards and barley.
Scottish nobleman Robert Burnett established an adobe ranch house known today as “Centinela Adobe.” It was on the southern portion of the old Centinela Rancho that Lawndale was developed. With the advent of the seaport of Redondo and the railroad service, the area exploded with growth. Early reliance on the Pacific Electric rail brought water to the area and a second subdivision was created – Lawndale Acres. The oil boom of 1927 created a landscape of oil derricks across Lawndale as the community continued to develop into a modern residential enclave.
Today, Lawndale’s proximity to downtown Los Angeles gives residents a short commute to work in the aerospace, high tech, industrial, service and finance industries, and a multitude of exciting recreational diversions from which to choose. Los Angeles County sports more than 63,000 acres of parks, gardens, lakes, trails, natural areas and the world’s largest golf course system.
Nearby Los Angeles is home to more stage theaters (80+) and museums (300) than any U.S. city. Some of the world-class museums include the LA County Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum of LA County, the Page Museum, and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum. Widely known names in the performing arts include the Ahmanson Theatre, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera. And, of course, the house that Mickey Mouse built is an easy drive south.
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