Nestled between the 10 Freeway and the busy Robertson Boulevard, Reynier Village is a small neighborhood that you may have passed by, but never paid attention to. Perhaps its location away from the spotlight is what makes the neighborhood an attractive home to those seeking an unassuming, unpretentious community.
Centered around Reynier Park, Reynier Village was originally part of Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes. The Rocha Adobe on Shenandoah Street, built in 1865, and the adjacent Shenandoah Elementary School anchor the residential area of the neighborhood, which is filled mostly with homes in the Spanish revival style.
Robertson Boulevard forms the commercial corridor between Reynier Village and Beverlywood, with historic businesses such as Emil's Hardware and the Beverlywood Swim School serving the communities for almost half a century. Since the construction of the 10 Freeway, the Robertson Boulevard has become a throughway for speeding commuters, with visitors generally bypassing the businesses in favor of travelling farther to concentrated shopping destinations, such as the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City.
The boulevard nevertheless emits the feel of a small town center, with charming antique shops and mom 'n' pop businesses greeting the few pedestrians that come their way. Sadly many vacant storefronts line these blocks, but perhaps one day this segment of Robertson Boulevard will see a "road diet" that will see traffic slow down to allow bikers and pedestrians to patronize the businesses, bringing a stronger identity to "The Village."
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