Westwood, in the heart of Los Angeles’ Westside, is bounded on the west by the 405, on the north by Sunset Blvd., and bisected by Wilshire Blvd. It’s impossible to miss Westwood’s biggest landmark: the University of California, Los Angeles. Westwood’s shopping, dining, landmark theaters (Village and Bruin) and essential character have been molded by the large university that is in its midst. Homeowners see an ever-changing panorama of students who come from all over the world to attend UCLA.
Other Westwood landmarks include the Los Angeles Country Club, the Geffen Playhouse, and the LDS (Mormon) Temple which opened in 1956.
Westwood includes three distinct neighborhoods including Westwood Village, North Village, and a portion of exclusive Holmby Hills, a development which comprises LA’s “Platinum Triangle” along with the gated community of Bel Air and Beverly Hills. North Westwood Village includes some family-oriented streets and luxury condominiums.
Largely because of its college student population, Westwood ranks as one of the younger cities on average in Los Angeles County, and about 63% of the residents are unmarried. Westwood’s homes, however, are distinctive, with some unique architectural gems and many estates in Holmby Hills, including the Manor formerly owned by TV mogul Aaron Spelling.
As a community that includes a major university, it’s little surprise that some of Westwood’s elementary schools are highly-ranked, including Fairburn Ave. Elementary, Warner Ave. Elementary, and Westwood Elementary. Some local students also attend Beverly Hills High School, which is not only noted for being featured in “90210” but also for its academic and creative arts programs.
UCLA “Bruin” grads of many generations remember Westwood’s Village fondly, from its Mediterranean-styled movie theater to beloved coffee shops and casual eateries. Walkable, bike able, and intimate, Westwood’s Village was built by the Janss Company to provide the ambiance it still offers today. The charming Village offers many dining and shopping options including one-of-a-kind boutiques, jewelry stores, and iconic retailers. The Original Barney’s Beanery and Le Pain Quotidien share space with eclectic Asian noodle shops, Lollicup boba, and Middle Eastern grills. Westwood continues to offer a blend of small-town charm, intellectual challenge, and big-city sophistication in the heart of Los Angeles.