Century Glen HOA formally Tract No. 7260 Association began with oil. In the early 1920's, oil derricks blighted the bean fields in West Los Angeles. In the mid-1950's, with the tract fully developed, Universal Oil Company promised Century Glen homeowners big monthly checks in exchange for the rights to drill for oil under their land. In response, in 1956, the homeowners formed Tract 7260 Association Inc. / Century Glen HOA to work out terms that the ugly oil derricks would never be resuscitated. Homeowners collected on slant drilling in oil royalties, but a decade later the oil checks stopped coming. The biggest change to the tract was caused by the sale of the Fox backlot. Fox was facing cost overruns on the production of Cleopatra, cash strapped Fox Studio's sold the real estate to magnate William Zeckendorf. The next year Zeckendorf and partner Alcoa's goal was to transform the backlot into a city within a city. As work on Century City was starting, Century Glen stepped in to ease the impacts of construction on traffic and the environment.
Century Glen HOA pushed through construction of islands on both Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards at Fox Hills Drive in order to keep traffic from cutting through the tract. The tract also secured an easement on Century Park West to prohibit cars from using the western boundaries of Century City as a short cut through the tract. Then in 1976, the Century City Shopping Center expanded. The tract reacted by becoming more aggressive. The most significant concession made by REIT gave all shopping center patrons three hours free parking. Many of the tract's parking problems were also solved in 1981 when the Century Glen Board pushed through the city's first permit parking ordinance. Century Glen was named Parking District # 1. Another result of the tract's more aggressive stance is that developers now are more likely to consult with the Century Glen Board of Directors about building plans early in the design process in order to eliminate any potential negative effects their projects might have on the tract.
Century Glen is known for its strong sense of community, its quiet suburban nature and its proximity to Century City / Westfied Shopping Center. Century Glen is where Tom Mix and Buck Jones once saddled their horses for Fox Studios and is now known for its willingness to take on a fight to keep our quality of life secure. As a Century Glen homeowner, you continue to enjoy a great quality of living, very low crime and the highest recorded home values in history. Join us to keep Century Glen strong and free of traffic!
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