About Us – Larchmont Buzz

LARCHMONT Los Angeles  is as close as you can get to a perfect place to live. Nestled in the heart of LA, Larchmont is the calm smile  between frantic downtown and the congested West Side; we lie cheek to jowl with Wilshire Blvd’s Miracle Mile;  and provide the firm chin to Hollywood’s wild face to the north.

To celebrate all that is the Larchmont, Hancock Park and the Greater Wilshire area we’ve created a new beehive of activity and interconnectivity that we’re calling the Larchmont Buzz. Here you’ll find news about 1) events  in the SWARM,  2) people in the HIVE, 3) news in the BUZZ, and 4) life in the HONEY. We  write original features and aggregate news from other sources, all of it LOCAL!

We hope you’ll sign up for our free, non-invasive, once-a-day email that gives you an overview of the day’s stories.  Share your thoughts via our comment forms, put your junk up for sale on our Classifieds page.  Send us your story ideas and share the Buzz with others who live in this sweet spot of Los Angeles – Larchmont Village.


 Contributing Writers: 

Julie Grist was raised climbing apple trees in Appleton Wisconsin, then worked in Asia and New York before settling down in the Larchmont area which she loves for its sense of community and beautiful architecture. A co-owner/editor of the Buzz,  Julie also writes, shoots, and dabbles in design and publishing, works for historic preservation, and served on her neighborhood association Board for too many years. She loves hiking in the hills and is the scullery maid and bottle-washer for a family of five who complain she never sits down. Julie can be reached at julie@larchmontbuzz.com.

Mary Hawley has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years – including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life – but none compare to the convenience and majesty of the Larchmont area. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended family…at one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks. Mary can be reached at mary@larchmontbuzz.com

Patricia Lombard is a long-time resident, active in her neighborhood association, Fremont Place and the community. She serves as a trustee of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a member of the board of directors of the Ebell of Los Angeles, and member of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. She created the website ilovelarchmontblvd.com to support efforts to preserve the neighborhood-serving nature of Larchmont Blvd. Patty can be reached at patty@larchmontbuzz.com.

Renee Montgomery began researching historic men’s waistcoats at LACMA in 1979 as an intern, and is still at the museum as an Assistant Director in administration.  She’s written for various local media and museum publications, focusing on ‘small town pockets’ in urban L.A.  She resides in Lafayette Square and has one daughter, a professional ballet dancer.  Having never lost her zeal for her ‘aggie’ San Gabriel Valley/Riverside upbringing, Renee currently sells citrus and homegrown produce to support dog rescue efforts. Renne can be reached at reneemathome@gmail.com.

Anya Grottel-Brown discovered Larchmont by accident while visiting LA on vacation and was instantly hooked.  Anya was born in Russia and has lived in Canada, Japan and New York before settling in the Hancock Park area in the summer of 2013.  An award-winning PR/communications expert, she specializes in amplifying the voices of non-profits, foundations and education-focused organizations through the media. Anya can be reached at agrottelbrown@ymail.com

 Chase Campen is a Realtor with Keller Williams Larchmont.  A Windsor Square resident for the last nine years, he resides with his wife Angelique, son and two daughters.  When he’s not representing buyers and sellers of real estate, Chase enjoys giving back to the community in a myriad of ways.  He’s a Past-President and Advisory Board member of the Wilshire Rotary Club, belongs to numerous other organizations, and enjoys coaching little league teams across a variety of sports. Chase can be reached at chasecampen@gmail.com,  at larchmontliving.com, @chasecampen.

Elizabeth Byrne Debreu grew up in Hancock Park and lives in Windsor Square, and is a fifth generation Californian.  She is an attorney and holds a master’s degree in art history and architecture. Elizabeth can be reached at ebdebreu@me.com

We have many other occasional writers. Would you like to contribute to the Larchmont Buzz and build your online presence? Contact us at info@larchmontbuzz.com.