Westchester is a South Bay neighborhood bounded by the 105 Freeway on the south, 405 on the east, and La Cienega on the north. Close to the Marina and adjacent to Playa Del Rey, this portion of South Bay rises on a bluff providing some homes with spectacular ocean and city light views. Westchester does indeed include LAX, but most flights do not go over homes in the neighborhood.
Westchester ranks as #8 of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Los Angeles Area according to Niche, and has a highly-educated, younger, and high-income population. It includes prestigious private university Loyola Marymount and nationally-recognized Otis College of Art and Design. Still adjacent to many urban centers and activities, Westchester has a peaceful, suburban vibe and is beach-adjacent. Playa Del Rey and Dockweiler beaches are a short drive away. The Ballona Wetlands, one of the few remaining wildlife and ecological reserves in Southern California, are also nearby. Diverse choices in nightlife and fine dining are close in Venice, Culver City, Santa Monica and selected areas of the Marina.
Westchester owes its small-town feel to a visionary developer of the 1920s, Fritz Burns. Burns’ dramatic life included losing all of his money in the Great Depression, then recovering enough money to develop housing in West L.A. and the Valley. The initial homes built by Burns in Westchester were meant to serve the booming 1930s aviation industry led by Howard Hughes, Rockwell International, Donald Douglas, and Jack Northrop. In the 1940s, over 10,000 people moved into thousands of new homes that Burns’ Kaiser Community Homes Company built in the area.
Westchester is rapidly becoming an even more desirable neighborhood, especially for tech and creative industry professionals working in El Segundo, Playa Vista, Venice, and Culver City. You will find quiet, peaceful streets with a small-town feeling near Loyola Marymount at the top of the bluff. Amid quiet streets of three-bedroom, one-story bungalows are estate homes, architecturally-distinctive custom homes, and executive properties.
Particularly in Loyola Village near LMU, you may find some references to streets and neighborhoods overlooking the ocean as “Silicon Beach.” Homes which have been featured as architectural and interior design award-winners may be found in this area, and many homes include pools, spas, distinctive landscaping including native plants, and other executive home amenities.