Getting to know West Los Angeles
West Los Angeles Area Info
West Los Angeles is a popular community on the Westside of the city. Westwood, Mar Vista, Santa Monica and Brentwood border the neighborhood. West Los Angeles has a population blend of students, young families and lifetime residents of L.A. It’s a common scene to enter into a local coffee shop to find a Mom’s group with little ones in strollers next to a table of film students. West Los Angeles has its own special style that sets it apart from other nearby areas. One of the best things about L.A. is how unique each of its sections are – and West Los Angeles definitely has a personality all its own. West Los Angeles is full of nice, little neighborhoods and has a relaxed pace compared to the city’s high energy.
West Los Angeles is a real gem. It is easily accessible to other parts of Los Angeles and is close to landmarks and museums like the Getty Center. It has a list of independent movie theaters, retro diners and real coffee shops. There are also two independent bookstores and a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. West Los Angeles is a pedestrian-friendly, which makes it all that much easier to enjoy the California sunshine and be outside and meet the neighbors.
Another reason for West Los Angeles’ popularity with families is its excellent schools. The community is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and between public and private institutions presents a wide range of options. There are ten public elementary schools, two middle and four high schools. The private schools reflect the city’s diverse cultural population. There is a French Immersion Academy, Christian schools and Jewish schools. Higher education is represented by Pacific States University in Harvard Heights.
Living in West Los Angeles
“Sawtelle” puts West Los Angeles on the map. This little stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Olympic is officially known as “Little Osaka” and unofficially “Little-little Tokyo”. Here are some of the best Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles. There are also karaoke bars, fish markets and Asian specialty stores. This international flair has a deep history in the community. Japanese immigrants who established orchards and nurseries originally settled West Los Angeles. A few of these businesses are still in operation today.
Housing in West Los Angeles reflects its population of working class families and young professionals. Most of the properties are low-rise apartment buildings and bungalows that date as far back as the 1920s. There really is no single style of architecture visible. It varies greatly between contemporary, English cottages and Spanish stucco bungalows. Single-family homes in the area can be purchased for between $1 and $2 million while condos can cost anywhere from the high $300,000s to over $1 million. The rental market ranges with rents at an average of $3,000.
West Los Angeles could be the perfect neighborhood for you. Call Hartman Cole for more information. Their team of real estate experts looks forward to introducing you to all this community has to offer. Connect today!