Sunset Park

Aerial view of Sunset Park, c. 1930. Source: Granger Aerial Surveys

Aerial view of Sunset Park, c. 1930. Source: Granger Aerial Surveys

In 1923, the Pedley and Cavanaugh Company offered a 100-acre area, bordered by Pico and Ocean Park Boulevards, and 19th and 24th Streets, as Sunset Hill of Santa Monica – a tract of oil speculation lots “in the heart of the Oil Zone.” The Southland Petroleum Company was to sink a well there with lot purchasers sharing in royalties if oil was found. However, in response to the Santa Monica building boom of the 1920s, interest in oil was subjugated by interest in real estate, and the majority of tracts were subdivided during the 1920s.