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Carthay Circle is an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone ("HPOZ"), which means it will retain its distinctive historic look.

That's an incredibly valuable feature. You don't want to spend a million on a house and then have someone next door ruin the neighborhood by putting up some ugly Death Star with vinyl windows and no style

— Walter Moore
June 7, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.

Carthay Circle is the best neighborhood I've ever lived in. It's a great place to raise kids. It's walking distance to Beverly Hills, La Cienega Park, The Beverly Center, The Grove and Farmers Market, the museums on Wilshire and the tar pits, Little Ethiopia and Pico-Robertson. Carthay Circle is an ethnically diverse, quiet and pretty neighborhood. I love it.

— Clare
May 23, 2010 at 1:53 p.m.

i think once you put all the hustle and bustle of San Vicente, Wilshire, Olympic, Pico, and La Cienega aside, you will realize that this neighborhood is only described by one very famous theatre: THE CARTHAY CIRCLE THEATRE, where Walt Disney premiered his very first animated movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

— Disney
December 12, 2009 at 1:53 p.m.

I grew up in this neighborhood in the 70's & 80's. One of the few places that has stayed the same in LA, as I've come back to visit over the years. I remember we planting trees along San Vicente - They're still there! Loved the architecture...I think it inspired me to become an Architect.

— Marc Chapelle
September 22, 2009 at 5:58 p.m.

Wikipedia says it best about this historic neighborhood:

The major Carthay landmark would have been the historic Carthay Circle Theater (honored at Disneyland) had Tom Bradley not demolished it for two generic office buildings.

However, now, Carthay is adjacent to some of the most exciting entertainment, museum and shopping districts in the city, and once the Subway to the Sea is built, its proximity will make every area in LA very accessible without the need of a personal vehicle. It's really like living in the epicenter, the central core of the city.

— Todd K.
June 3, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.


is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Carthay Circle, Carthay Square and South Carthay.
The neighboring communities are Beverly Grove, Beverly Hills, Mid-City, Mid-Wilshire and Pico-Robertson.
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Carthay is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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