Southeast Corner of Santa Monica and Bundy

I’ve been trying to figure this one out for years.

There is a small gated park at the southeast corner of the intersection of South Bundy Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in neighborhood of West Los Angeles. I’ve walked its perimeter, which is fenced, but the gate is locked, prohibiting entry.

My limited knowledge of the history of the area doesn’t offer much. Nearby University High School sits atop a natural spring (“Lágrimas de Santa Monica,” or “Tears of Saint Monica”) that was the namesake of the city of Santa Monica. The area may have originally been incorporated in the city of Sawtelle. I’m not sure if Sawtelle’s border extended that far west. According to Wikipedia, the city of Sawtelle extended west to the Santa Monica city limit, which is at Centinela Avenue.

LALife.com lists this parcel as # 4263-036-900 and categorizes it as “Government Owned Property.”

AH HA! Found it!!!

Well, sort of…

It’s not the authoritative history, but at least it is a story about “Bundy Greens.”

6 thoughts on “Southeast Corner of Santa Monica and Bundy

  1. I lived within a block of that park until I was 10 or so. My stepfather once owned a Texaco station on the NW corner of Santa Monica/Bundy. my grandparents were regulars at the A&R bar (ref “Harry”) and the Blue Flame bar on Santa Monica.
    From our small bungalow on Saltair and later Ihaho Ave (i believe), my younger brother an I played there (at the risk of Mom/Grandma’s wrath). Though we were warned that “dangerous men” would harm/mutilate us, we snuck across from the Arlene’s Donut shop viai the underground pedestrian tunnel to the park. Our worst experiences were when we got caught. This was from about 1968 until 1973. In those days, the purple flowers in the trees, the squirrels and people watching drew us there frequently. I would love to return and see children playing there in the company of their elders, not just in defiance of parental fears.

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  2. My Dad Tony was the Donut baker at Arlenes from 1968 till 1982 I was so sad when they closed my Dad opened his own business across the street at the 7-11 shopping center Tony’s Italian Deli I grew up In the neighborhood and still live In the area I remember the underground pedestrian tunnel we would walk down their and It was scary, Miss those days

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      1. It’s right across the street from the park where the divider Is 12012 W. Ohio Ave I have a picture but It won’t let me post It.

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  3. Wow – so, the tunnel allowed pedestrians to cross under Santa Monica Boulevard? I believe that roadway have active train tracks at one point. It looks like the passenger trolley service ended back in in 1940. I wonder if there are other abandoned pedestrian tunnels along that route …

    I’ll have to make an in-person investigation!

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