Welcome to West Los Angeles
Community-centric, family-friendly neighborhood with exceptional schools
Situated directly east of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles is a tree-lined, urban-suburban hybrid that overflows with conveniences and amenities. The area is known for being family-friendly, close to nature, active, and affordable. It is also home to great public schools — especially elementary schools. Nearby shopping, excellent restaurants, the beach, and the many attractions found in L.A. are a mere minutes away.
Commuters are especially fond of life in West Los Angeles. The neighborhood is connected to Interstate 10 and the 405, making it effortless to get around the city. Homes are also an outstanding value, as they are priced affordably in comparison to nearby neighborhoods. Some parts of the community feel more city-like, while others feel solidly in the suburbs. Many houses are sized appropriately for individuals and growing families.
What to Love
- Great investment and value for home buyers
- Excellent schools from pre-Kindergarten to post-grad
- Family-friendly vibe with a myriad of amenities
- Highly-rated dining and global cuisines
West Los Angeles is an underrated gem. Boasting clean and beautiful neighborhoods, top conveniences, and an outstanding restaurant scene, there’s so much to love about this eclectic part of the city. It encompasses the area’s biggest interstates and is ultra-close to top Los Angeles attractions. Locals can drive to Santa Monica Beach, Beverly Hills or Culver City within 15 minutes and are only 14 miles away from Downtown Los Angeles. Highly-rated schools are scattered throughout the neighborhood, which is ideal for families with school-aged children.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Another major draw for West Los Angeles is that it is a foodie’s paradise. Those who enjoy Asian cuisine will especially appreciate the high number of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese dining establishments that are in the Sawtelle area.
Ready to experience some of the best ramen you've ever tried? Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle is a modern Japanese eatery that, in addition to ramen, features tsukemen, rice bowls, and smooth sake. Its counterpart — Sushi Tsujita — features bamboo-lined walls and some of the freshest sushi in all of Los Angeles. Sushi fans should also sample the menu offerings at Hayama. Additionally, locals recommend dining at Mizu 212 (a shabu-shabu restaurant), The Apple Pan, and Artelice Pâtisserie.
Residents of West Los Angeles live near a wide range of convenient shopping complexes. One Westside Shopping Center is an outdoor shopping space that features big-box retailers such as Michaels, Marshalls, and HomeGoods. Several blocks away, pick up your favorite varietal and vintage at The Wine House. Other noteworthy shops include Black Market, John Varvatos, Nordstrom, J. Crew, and Banana Republic.
Things to Do
In the neighborhood, and minutes away, there is an abundance to see and do in West Los Angeles.
One of the more unique and interesting places to visit is Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. This site is the final resting place of Hollywood’s elite, including Marilyn Monroe, Rodney Dangerfield, and Dean Martin. Steps away from this site is the historic Wilshire Boulevard. Along this street, you can visit the Hammer Museum, the "Lady Liberty" statue, and many other top attractions and restaurants.
West Los Angeles has an especially high concentration of top-rated public elementary schools. On GreatSchools.org, each is rated as a near-perfect 9/10.