About Westwood

Westwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California, not to be confused with Westwood, California. Westwood is best known as the home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The eastern portions of the district are often thought of as a distinctly different neighborhood, Holmby Hills. Westwood was carved from the old Wolfskill Farm, a 3,000-plus-acre tract that was purchased in 1919 by wealthy retailer Arthur Letts. Letts’ son-in-law, Harold Janss, was vice president of Janss Investment Co., which developed the area and started advertising new homes in 1922.

Because there is a census-designated place (CDP) in Northern California’s Lassen County named Westwood, California, the United States Postal Service has declared that all mail addressed to the Westwood district of Los Angeles must be labeled “Los Angeles, CA” instead of “Westwood, CA”. In general, all districts of Los Angeles located south of the San Fernando Valley (with one or two exceptions) are addressed “Los Angeles, CA”.

Geography

Located in the northern central portion of Los Angeles’ West Side, Westwood is bordered by Brentwood on the west, Bel-Air on the north, Century City and Beverly Hills on the east, West Los Angeles on the southwest, Rancho Park on the southeast, and Sawtelle on the south and southwest. The district’s boundaries are generally considered to be Olympic Blvd. (or Pico Blvd. and, by some, Santa Monica Blvd.) on the southeast, the city limits of Beverly Hills on the northeast, and Sunset Boulevard on the north; its southwestern boundary is the San Diego Freeway between Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards, and Veteran Avenue between Wilshire and Sunset.

Transportation

Westwood’s major thoroughfares include Santa Monica, Sepulveda, Beverly Glen, Wilshire, Westwood, and Sunset Boulevards. The district is served by the San Diego Freeway. Numerous bus lines serve the area, and recently instituted bus rapid transit service runs along Wilshire.

The area’s notorious traffic has led to calls for the extension of the Wilshire leg of the Los Angeles Metro’s Red Line subway to Westwood from its current endpoint at Western Avenue in Koreatown.

The Metro and Caltrans have also begun a project to widen the San Diego Freeway between the interchanges with the Marina Freeway (CA/SR-90) in Culver City and the Ventura Freeway (U.S. Route 101) in Sherman Oaks; the project, which will finally add a northbound carpool lane to the congested route, is not scheduled for completion until 2007 at the earliest.

Attractions

A center of movie-going on the Westside and the site of many movie premieres, Westwood is home to several vintage movie theaters, including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village (once called the Fox Theatre) and the Mann Bruin. Westwood is where the infamous Playboy Mansion, and home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, is located.

Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. A museum named for and endowed by activist and philanthropist Armand Hammer, longtime head of Occidental Petroleum (which maintains its headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard), has become one of Los Angeles’ trendiest cultural attractions since UCLA assumed its management in the 1990s. The Hammer, as it is commonly known, is particularly notable for its collection of Impressionist art and cutting-edge modern art exhibitions.

Westwood Village

Westwood VillageBuilt by the Janss family and wildly successful from its earliest stages, the Westwood Village shopping district successfully retained its cozy village atmosphere even as the San Diego Freeway came through the area in the 1950s and high-rise office towers went up around it in the following decades. However, much of this construction was planned around the never-built Beverly Hills Freeway; in combination with a severe parking shortage at UCLA, high-density development in Westwood has created some of the worst traffic congestion in Los Angeles. Even with the opening of numerous municipal parking structures in the 1990s and 2000s, finding a parking spot in Westwood Village is still a notoriously difficult task. With the proximity of Westwood’s towering business area to its shops that line the streets around UCLA, parking and traffic issues dominate local planning debates.

Little Holmby the Premiere Neighborhood in Westwood:

The neighborhood known as “Little Holmby” in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, CA 90024 has long been named one of the best neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. Anchored by the Warner Avenue Elementary School which  is a Los Angeles Unified School District K-5 public elementary school located in the very supportive community of Westwood/West LA. Warner has an outstanding API (Academic Performance Index) ranking of 10 out of a possible 10 with impressive API scores of 963 for both 2010 and 2011.Recent history.  The Little Holmby area has homes ranging in price from about $1.8 million to close to $10 million and is surrounded by Holmby Hills to the East, Bel Air to the North and Westwood to the West & South.  Bordered by Beverly Glen Boulevard on the East, Sunset Boulevard to the North, Hilgard on the West & Wilshire Boulevard on the South.  Also known for it’s architectural beauty, elegant homes and rolling hills.

Many local observers contend that Westwood Village’s heyday was between the 1960s and the mid-1980s, when some of the streets were so crowded with pedestrians that they were closed to vehicular traffic. The murder of innocent bystander Karen Toshima, during a gun battle between rival gangs on January 30, 1988, gained nationwide notoriety and led to the widespread impression that even affluent Westwood was not immune to the crime wave then ravaging Los Angeles. It would take more than a decade for this perception to fade. Some residents hold to a conspiracy theory that Westwood’s ’90s doldrums were a consequence of local developers intentionally depressing local businesses in hopes forcing them to sell out so that they could overtake whole blocks and implement plans for large mixed use complexes.

Today, while Westwood is again regarded as one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, its retail sector has been slow to recover in the face of increased competition from Century City, the newly revitalized Culver City, the very popular Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and mid-city attractions like Park La Brea’s The Grove, as well as Downtown Los Angeles which itself is going through a renaissance. Recently, it has been notoriously difficult for new stores to stay in business.

Housing and Demographics

Many of the area’s permanent residents are of European and Iranian ancestry and generally affluent, living in high-rise apartment buildings and, in Holmby Hills, some of the most luxurious single-family houses in Los Angeles. An NPR report in fact recently put the Iranian population of nearby Beverly Hills as high as 20% of the total population.

Single-family homes tend to be east and southeast of UCLA, particularly in the areas behind the LDS temple. Housing in the portion of the district bounded by Sepulveda, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Wilshire Boulevards is mostly low- or medium-rise apartment buildings catering to upscale young professionals, as well as some UCLA students. Most UCLA students in Westwood, however, live in the hilly area of low-rise apartments between Veteran Avenue and the campus’ western boundary.

Westwood as seen from Bel Air

Because of consistently high demand and the district’s proximity to so many Westside attractions and businesses, rental housing in Westwood is very expensive relative to most areas of Los Angeles. For all but the wealthiest UCLA students, living off-campus in a Westwood apartment necessitates sharing a room. As a result, many UCLA students live 5 miles south of campus in Culver City and the Los Angeles districts of Mar Vista and Palms, both in private housing and in large UCLA-owned apartment complexes. Significant numbers of UCLA students also live in the San Fernando Valley, but heavy traffic congestion through the Sepulveda Pass and Beverly Glen can wreak havoc on commutes between the Valley and Westwood.

Businesses owned or operated by the Iranian community are clustered along Westwood Blvd., earning it the sobriquet Little Persia.

The Millionaire’s Mile

The winding two-mile section of Wilshire Boulevard to the east of Westwood Village is dominated by residential high-rises, and is variously known as the Millionaire’s Mile, the Golden Mile[4] or the Wilshire Corridor. Penthouse apartments in the corridor’s high-rise condominiums routinely sell for amounts in excess of $20 million. Countless celebrities maintain an address on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood.

Education

The neighborhood is zoned to Los Angeles USD schools:

Westwood Charter Elementary School
Joint zoning to Emerson Middle School and Webster Middle School
University High School.

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Westwood Real Estate For Sale

Westwood Mapped Listings For Sale

94 Results
 
$200,000,000
Beds: 14
Baths: 27
Sq. Ft.: 56,500
Type: Single Family Home
 
$66,650,000
Beds: 9
Baths: 9
Sq. Ft.: 10,907
Type: Single Family Home
 
$20,000,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Condo
 
$19,900,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 9,221
Type: Single Family Home
 
$13,500,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 4 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 5,770
Type: Condo
 
$11,573,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 4,158
Type: Condo
 
$10,300,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,813
Type: Condo
 
$9,995,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 9
Sq. Ft.: 5,420
Type: Single Family Home
 
$8,900,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 5,280
Type: Condo
 
$8,000,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 3,858
Type: Condo
 
$6,995,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 4,158
Type: Condo
 
$6,150,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 1 | 4
Sq. Ft.: 4,637
Type: Single Family Home
 
$5,995,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 6,167
Type: Single Family Home
 
$5,300,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 3,280
Type: Condo
 
$4,995,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 4,733
Type: Condo
 
$4,950,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 4,023
Type: Single Family Home
 
$4,498,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 5,540
Type: Single Family Home
 
$4,195,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 4,225
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,999,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,527
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,995,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 3 | 4
Sq. Ft.: 6,146
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,995,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,245
Type: Condo
 
$3,950,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 7
Sq. Ft.: 4,122
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,800,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,365
Type: Condo
 
$3,750,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,837
Type: Condo
 
$3,540,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,709
Type: Condo
 
$3,500,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 4,542
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,300,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,423
Type: Condo
 
$3,295,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 3,765
Type: Single Family Home
 
$3,295,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,211
Type: Condo
 
$3,200,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,757
Type: Condo
 
$3,200,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,865
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,999,999
Beds: 5
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 3,200
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,990,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 3 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 3,700
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,795,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,640
Type: Condo
 
$2,750,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,957
Type: Condo
 
$2,688,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,810
Type: Condo
 
$2,399,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 2,597
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,375,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,874
Type: Condo
 
$2,350,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 3,200
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,349,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,200,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,260
Type: Condo
 
$2,175,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,200
Type: Single Family Home
 
$2,099,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,324
Type: Condo
 
$1,998,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,082
Type: Condo
 
$1,995,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,672
Type: Condo
 
$1,990,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Single Family Home
 
$1,895,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,696
Type: Single Family Home
 
$1,849,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,283
Type: Condo
 
$1,675,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,018
Type: Condo
 
$1,675,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 2 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 2,284
Type: Condo
 
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Homes SOLD In Westwood

  1. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,679 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
  2. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 5,730 sq ft
    Year built: 0
  3. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,226 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1980
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,783 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,619 sqft
    Year built: 0
  5. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,190 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,018 sqft
    Year built: 1990
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,108 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,751 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  7. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,924 sq ft
    Year built: 1954
  8. 2 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,524 sq ft
    Lot size: 18.08 ac
    Year built: 1980
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,148 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,148 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
  11. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,128 sq ft
    Year built: 1981
  12. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,018 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.16 ac
    Year built: 1989
  13. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,018 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.15 ac
    Year built: 1989
  14. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,903 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.52 ac
    Year built: 1988
  15. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 18.07 ac
    Year built: 1980
  16. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,696 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,139 sqft
    Year built: 1980
  17. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,571 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,514 sqft
    Year built: 1985
  18. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,696 sqft
    Year built: 1990
  19. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1991
  20. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,556 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,345 sqft
    Year built: 1964
  21. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,866 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,264 sqft
    Year built: 1974
  22. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,284 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,980 sqft
    Year built: 1990
  23. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,323 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
  24. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,318 sq ft
    Year built: 1972
  25. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,283 sq ft
    Year built: 1964
  26. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 935 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
  27. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,049 sq ft
    Year built: 0
  28. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 744 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,209 sqft
    Year built: 1964
  29. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 989 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
  30. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 944 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,242 sqft
    Year built: 1972
  31. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 600 sq ft
    Year built: 1963
  32. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 667 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.83 ac
    Year built: 1973
  33. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 737 sq ft
    Year built: 1972
  34. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,386 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
  35. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 873 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,450 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  36. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 663 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
  37. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,118 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
  38. 2 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot size: 6.21 ac
    Year built: 1988
  39. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 855 sq ft
    Lot size: 20.03 ac
    Year built: 1994
  40. 2 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
  41. 2 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot size: 6.21 ac
    Year built: 1988
  42. 2 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
  43. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
  44. 2 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
  45. 1 bed, 0 bath
    Home size: 766 sq ft
    Year built: 1988

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