Right at the heart of LAX lies the abandoned city of Surfridge (15 HQ Photos)

Ever flown out of LAX and saw what appeared to be an abandoned city below? It is. Palisades del Rey (aka Surfridge) was a beachfront city developed in the early 1920's by the famed Dickinson & Gillespie Co. By the mid 1930's, the neighborhood became a beachfront paradise, home to director Cecil B. DeMille and movie stars like Charles Bickford. More than 470 acres of gently rolling hill sides-prime ocean-view land above Dockweiler State Beach was dotted with beautiful homes and a caring community.

After the commercialization of the jet-liner, LAX began buying up the land to make room for extended runways. By the 1970's, most of the houses had been demolished and the few that remained lost all value due to the 747's screaming overhead. For the residents of Surfridge, their paradise was lost.

Today, all that remains of Palisades del Rey is cracked streets with knee high weeds growing where houses once stood. The area has been cordoned off by Los Angeles County. For whatever reason, the lamp posts that line the abandoned streets still light up at night.

Lead photo via Eyetwist's Flickr.

  • Job

    Forever alone =/

    • mojo77

      These creepy abandoned places always make me wanna jump the fence and go exploring!

      • https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.reyes.581 Jonathan Reyes

        that is the way all scary movies start… so I'll wait until a few people discover it and come tell me about it.

  • bige

    the video is creepy as all fucks

    • Fletch

      Why did the kids have ape faces?!

      • Unfkngblvbl

        Seriously??? WTF??!!

    • https://www.facebook.com/babevi Vivian Shih

      am i just dumb? where is the video?

      • https://www.facebook.com/Dweppler08 DeAnna Michelle Weppler

        Perhaps this:

        is the video he watched and is referring to. Around 2:07 you see kids on bikes, and two if them seem to have monkey-like appearances…

        • Rześki

          It's a part of a bicycle safety movie – One Got Fat http://archive.org/details/OneGotFa1963
          Perhaps it was shot in Surfridge?

          • Jables

            ^^ I watched that the other day on Cracked… the point of the monkey faces was that the kids were being little monkeys for not following basic bicycle safety rules and the kid got fat because he got all his mates lunches as a result of their deaths… it's amusing to watch today but I can see how it could scare the crap out of kids back in the day… that would be interesting to know if it was shot in Surfridge…

  • mysterio

    Looks like a good place to learn some driving skills! I'd buy it up for that purpose alone.

    • http://www.thechive.com AdamBaldick

      Mythbusters use this place for their show dont they?

      • sean

        thats what i was thinking. the episode with paintball guns mounted on the cars?

  • virtuoso09

    Ah! The soothing sounds of a 747. very gentle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.matteo.1 Dominic Matteo

    Reminds me of nuketown

    • https://www.facebook.com/dylan.s.compton Dylan S. Compton

      Hahaha hell yeah.

    • Kyle429

      Except no houses and no mannequin people standing around all creepy-like.

      • https://www.facebook.com/missgamer84 Jessica Condrey

        Nuketown reminds me of a Mcdonald's playground :p

  • Shmoopy

    K wall

  • David

    I've seen these roads flying out of LAX, never knew what they were. I learned something today.

  • tv_paul

    Or as the Chive followers refer to it "Macville".

    • Kyle429

      What you did there, I see it.

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    looks like the set of walking dead season 15

  • saltygary

    Same thing recently happened to where I lived in RI near the TF Green airport. Bought my first house there in 2002 and sold it a couple years later. The week I moved in the airport bought the five houses at the end of the road and knocked them down. Last year they bought 10 more houses. The house I owned plus the crazy lady next door where the only ones not to sell so everything got knocked down around them.

    • saltygary

      Plug "83 lydick ave, warwick ri" into google earth if your curious. There are actually shots of the bulldozers tearing it down. The airport is just south.

    • CST

      Cool story bro.

  • gregorije1

    #12 this reminds me of fallout

    • Marla

      Reminds me of near the ending of that movie "In Time" with Justin Timberlake.

  • http://twitter.com/RickvdS @RickvdS

    That would be an awesome rallycross circuit.. I also see some potential for the new Ken Block video?! 😉

    • Verbal_Kint

      I dont know why the fuck you got thumbed down, that's an awesome idea.

    • SuperDanMan4290

      Gymkhana Number 2013 😀



    • jefmj

      You sir make a fine point.

  • http://twitter.com/Superman_2138 @Superman_2138

    I wouldn't care. I'd still buy some beachfront property there

    • Verbal_Kint

      fuck yeah, and sound insulated windows and maybe ear plugs..

  • Unfkngblvbl

    Pretty fucking sad. LAX could've gone almost anywhere at the time, with all the open land in the area. Fucking airports, fucking up nice properties.

    • Just Curious

      Safe bet that you can't verbalize two sentences without dropping the F-Bomb can you?

      • FuckMe

        I know I fucking can't.

    • Yoselahonda

      Seriously. Lot's of land to the East and I don't think anybody would have missed El Molino.

  • jimctu

    #9 reminds me of The Mist movie <img src="http://rj.revolvermaps.com/h/m/a/0/ff0000/50/0/9do6egcg8eu.png&quot; width="1"/>

  • KCO617

    #10 such a waste…invest in sound deadening materials for the walls and roof of your homes 😉

  • Mack

    How awesome would a ferrari and a full tank of gas be in there?

  • Chubain

    I see a beach front community for the deaf. Potential gold mine!!

    • Shiguy


    • http://www.thechive.com AdamBaldick

      Good work on seeing that

  • cherryfarmer

    Zombie Apocalypse Theme Park

  • thejeans

    would make an awesome spot to repave some of the old roads and make a race track…

    • 199

      Totally agree, it wouldn't make more noise than the planes.

  • Meh

    All that farmland… what a waste!

  • 199

    This would make an excellent

  • mitch

    Ken Block needs to do a drift video through it all

    • Huge

      Fack! beat me too it!

  • BJ McKay

    No wonder California is so boned

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