What's in a Setting: Wilfair's Neighborhood

I flat-out, hands-down, forever-and-ever love The Wilfair's real neighborhood.

It's in the middle of Los Angeles. That adds a lot of excitement, yes, but I chose this setting for the Wilfair series for four reasons.

1. I wanted to set a magical hotel at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue and I wanted to name it Wilfair. I wanted to set a magical motel on that very same corner and name it Fairwil. (Okay, that's two reasons.)

2. One of the world's most famous and picturesque fossil sites is walking distance. It's the La Brea Tar Pits, or simply the tar pits to the locals.

3. One of the world's most famous and treasure-filled art museums is walking distance. It's the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA to the locals.

4. One of the world's most famous and beloved public markets is walking distance. It's called the Original Farmers Market, or FM to the locals. (That's what my friends and I call it, anyway, when we're in a rush to get to all the good food.)

I'm prone to hyperbole, I admit it, but I think calling those three locations world-famous is on the money. So a magical hotel and motel seemed a natural fit for the area.

And when Fair and her friends/enemies want to leave their hotel and motel and go out, they've got three amazing, cinematic places to hang, no car required. (Yep, the hotel heiress has a driver, and the motel guys have a van, but they prefer to go on foot in LA's most walkable area.)

I love you, tar pits, LACMA, and FM.


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