Hansen Dam is a residential neighborhood in the mid-city region of Los Angeles, California. It is home to approximately 2,000 residents and is located within the 8th City Council District. The neighborhood was developed in the 1920s by real estate developer J.B. Lippincott and named after his wife’s maiden name, Hansen.
In 1927, Lippincott purchased a large tract of land that would later become Hansen Dam Park and the surrounding residential neighborhood. Lippincott subdivided the land into lots and began selling them to working class families looking for affordable housing options outside of Downtown Los Angeles. The area was considered an ideal location for new homeowners because it offered easy access to nearby freeways, as well as local schools and shopping centers such as Ralph’s supermarket on Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue. The neighborhood was also surrounded by other established neighborhoods including Westlake, Carthay Circle, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Koreatown, and Cheviot Hills which provided residents with easy access to local amenities such as restaurants, grocery stores, parks, and schools while still maintaining a sense of community within the larger city of Los Angeles.
Today, there are over 100 homes in Hansen Dam but many have been remodeled or expanded over time which has led to an increase in property values throughout the area.