Crenshaw is a neighborhood of South Los Angeles centered around Crenshaw Boulevard, one of Los Angeles's main thoroughfares, and includes residential homes located in the vicinity. The neighborhood is often associated with the neighboring residential community of Baldwin Hills. Crenshaw Boulevard is a primary business corridor and the street is lined with various business, many of which area residents can access on foot if they are looking for groceries, shopping, a bite to eat, or other services. There is a shopping mall in the area that is accessible on foot for many Crenshaw residents.
Residents that walk the neighborhood with their dogs enjoy the sunny, dry weather prevalent in the area. With few rainy days per year, the wet weather is usually welcome when it does come! Temperature can become extremely hot in summer, so be sure to pack water for you and your dog on long walking excursions and look for shady breaks along the way.
The terrain is relatively flat with no hills or slopes to hike up which makes the area easier to traverse on foot for everyone including residents and canines with mobility issues. Crenshaw homes consist mainly of single-family bungalows featuring different architectural styles. Most homes have landscaped yards with lawns, trees, and other features. The area also contains low-rise apartment buildings, condominiums, and apartment complexes. Some apartment complexes have landscaped grounds that provide shady trees and lawns for residents.
Greenways around Crenshaw include the Jim Gilliam Park located just to the south in Baldwin Village. This recreation center features sports facilities and fields but also has picnic tables, barbecue pits, a jogging path, and pedestrian pathways on the property that Crenshaw residents in the southern sections may find a convenient greenway destination.
The Rancho Cienega Recreation Grounds are located in the northwest corner of Crenshaw and offer similar recreational facilities including lighted sports fields and facilities. For area residents with canines craving a larger and more natural greenway experience, the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation area is a short drive to the southwest. This 338-acre urban oasis also provides recreational facilities but offers more open spaces, hiking trails, and trees to explore with your furry friends. There are steep changes in elevation and climbs that provide spectacular views of the surrounding Los Angeles communities, and just for something different, there is even a Japanese Garden located there.