Ocean Park

Central Beach Tract cottage,  Hart Avenue, 1925. Source: USC Digital Library

Central Beach Tract cottage,  Hart Avenue, 1925. Source: USC Digital Library

In 1900 the Central Beach Tract, which includes streets named for the developers Hart and Fraser of Los Angeles, included 185 lots. In an effort to keep land values high, restrictions were placed on the parcels: cottages erected there had to cost more than $1,000. By May of 1901, all of the lots in the tract had sold, and scores of local buyers were building summer/vacation cottages in the tract.