Carthay comprises three neighborhoods: Carthay Circle, which lies to the north of Olympic Boulevard; South Carthay, south of Olympic and west of Crescent Heights Boulevard; and Carthay Square, south of Olympic and east of Crescent Heights.
Single-family houses are prevalent in Carthay Circle, South Carthay, and Carthay Square. Carthay is often called “One of LA’s best kept secrets” because of its charming and quaint neighborhoods which have much pride of ownership. Children can often be seen playing, and residents have wonderful tree-lined streets to walk their dogs. Mid-sized apartment buildings, mostly built in the 1930s, line the arterial peripheries of all three neighborhoods. Most of the houses, duplexes, and triplexes are built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Strict enforcement of restrictive covenants by the area’s homeowners associations meant that most of these remained standing into the 1980s, when South Carthay was designated for preservation in Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone program (HPOZ); Carthay Circle followed in the 1990s, and Carthay Square is currently under review.
Carthay services the 90035 zip code.