West Los Angeles is a community of homes and condos on the Westside of LA
West Los Angeles is a community of homes and condos on the Westside of LA

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About West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles is a neighborhood in the Los Angeles Westside region and is known as West L.A. This district lies in the area from Beverly Glen to Sepulveda and Pico Boulevard to Santa Monica. It’s bordered by Sawtelle, Century City, Westwood, and Rancho Park.

West L.A. has a combination of real estate. There are developments of single-story tract homes that were built between 1920 and 1960. And there are low-rise apartment complexes where working-class families and young professionals reside. At the Wilshire and Barrington intersection you’ll find two of L.A.’s tallest residential towers. Throughout the last few years there has been a trend moving towards more and taller apartment buildings as opposed to single family houses.

This is largely a Hispanic community with many authentic Mexican restaurants. The Latino population also has a substantial number of Oaxaca immigrants in this area.

One of the older schools in L.A. that hasn’t been completely rebuilt, despite several earthquakes, is University High School also known as “Uni”. This facility has a very traditional look and feel to it with its arched doorways and time-worn brick walls. Students and staff often have to deal with film producers who use this school as a shooting location even during school hours. Another interesting feature is the artesian well on campus that is said to be the ancestral home of the Tongva people. Even during highly dry seasons, the well has not failed. Rumor has it that the party of Junipero Serra camped here.

West Los Angeles is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District with neighborhood elementary schools like Brockton Avenue, Castle Heights, Overland, and Warner Avenue. The community’s middle schools are Webster and Emerson. And high schools include Uni, Hamilton High, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, and Indian Springs Continuation.

Commercial property is found along Olympic, Wilshire, and Santa Monica Boulevards. And many businesses are Japanese-owned. West L.A. is also home to the L.A. FBI field office, in the federal building close to the 405 freeway.

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* Data courtesy of Greatschools.org