West Los Angeles is a district within a larger area in Los Angeles known as the Westside. Frequently referred to as West LA, this affluent neighborhood that’s mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families has a prime central location that has made it a hotspot for progressive business, commercial, and residential development. Westwood borders West Los Angeles to the north, Century City and Rancho Park to the east, Palms and Mar Vista to the south, and Santa Monica and Brentwood to the west.
West Los Angeles
The area of West Los Angeles was formerly part of the Rancho San Vicente Santa Monica, which consisted of mostly bean and wheat fields. Eventually, West Los Angeles became a haven for Japanese-Americans, many of whom established cultural roots and businesses along Sawtelle Boulevard, which became known as “Little Osaka.”
Real estate options in West Los Angeles consist of single-family residences, as well as blocks of low-rise apartments, townhouses, condos and multi use buildings with retail on the bottom and condos above. The area is a highly walkable neighborhood, with wide boulevards where you can easily walk to amenities such as shops, restaurants, bookstores, the post office, and movie theaters. The Expo Light Rail Line, left, will be fully completed in 2015. It will allow easy access to downtown Los Angeles as well as the beach in Santa Monica.
West Los Angeles is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, with 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, and four high schools. This includes University High School, a popular filming location, and has a unique, historic artesian well. In addition, there are several private schools within the area.
Brockton Avenue Elementary School
Canfield Elementary School
Castle Heights Elementary School
Cheviot Hills Continuation School
Clover Elementary School
Crescent Heights Boulevard Elementary School
Nora Sterry Elementary School
Overland Elementary School
Shenandoah Street Elementary School
Richmond Avenue Elementary School
Warner Avenue Elementary School
Emerson Middle School
Hamilton High School
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
University High School
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