San Vicente Boulevard

December 1, 2022

San Vicente Boulevard is a major northwest-southeast thoroughfare located in the western portion of the metropolitan area of the U.S. city of Los Angeles, California. Built in the early 20th century and named for the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica that had previously occupied the area, the boulevard originally ran from the Soldiers’ Home (Sawtelle Veterans Home) in Los Angeles to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. This tree-lined street was wide, with trolley lines used by the Los Angeles Pacific Electric Railway running down its center. It was oiled and surfaced in 1906 and, when completed, it “made one of the finest drives in the country.” Today the boulevard begins at Venice Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and La Brea Avenue and travels in a northwesterly direction towards Beverly Hills. The roadway splits into two streets past La Cienega Boulevard, with the western branch becoming Burton Way, which eventually becomes Santa Monica Boulevard South and connects directly to downtown Beverly Hills. San Vicente Boulevard itself continues north into West Hollywood and ends at Sunset Boulevard (served by Metro Local lines 30 and 330). A separate stretch of road with the same name, San Vicente Boulevard, runs from Santa Monica to Brentwood.

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