West Los Angeles

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West Los Angeles is a district within a larger area in Los Angeles known as the Westside. Frequently referred to as West LA, this affluent neighborhood that’s mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families has a prime central location that has made it a hotspot for progressive business, commercial, and residential development. Westwood borders West Los Angeles to the north, Century City and Rancho Park to the east, Palms and Mar Vista to the south, and Santa Monica and Brentwood to the west.

Brief History

The area of West Los Angeles was formerly part of the Rancho San Vicente Santa Monica, which consisted of mostly bean and wheat fields. Eventually, West Los Angeles became a haven for Japanese-Americans, many of whom established cultural roots and businesses along Sawtelle Boulevard, which became known as “Little Osaka.”

Neighborhoods/Real Estate Options

13-2366_map_Project_Expo1+2_Jul13REV.inddReal estate options in West Los Angeles consist of single-family residences, as well as blocks of low-rise apartments, townhouses, condos and multi use buildings with retail on the bottom and condos above. The area is a highly walkable neighborhood, with wide boulevards where you can easily walk to amenities such as shops, restaurants, bookstores, the post office, and movie theaters. The Expo Light Rail Line, left, will be fully completed in 2015. It will allow easy access  to downtown Los Angeles as well as the beach in Santa Monica.


West Los Angeles is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, with 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, and four high schools. This includes University High School, a popular filming location, and has a unique, historic artesian well. In addition, there are several private schools within the area.

Brockton Avenue Elementary School

Canfield Elementary School

Castle Heights Elementary School

Cheviot Hills Continuation School

Clover Elementary School

Crescent Heights Boulevard Elementary School

Nora Sterry Elementary School

Overland Elementary School

Shenandoah Street Elementary School

Richmond Avenue Elementary School

Warner Avenue Elementary School

Emerson Middle School

Hamilton High School

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

University High School


Little Osaka refers to that strip of Sawtelle Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard with numerous Japanese businesses, including stores, groceries, supermarkets, artisan shops, temples, and some historic nurseries that were established when Japanese immigrants first settled in the area. Also known as Sawtelle, Little Osaka has become a popular dining spot, particularly for Japanese cuisine and fast food like curry, ramen, and sushi bars, with the occasional Chinese and Korean restaurants.

Westfield Pavilion is a three-story shopping mall with over 150 shops, dining establishments, and a 12-screen movie theater located along West Pico Boulevard. Macy’s and Nordstrom are anchor stores at the Westfield Pavilion, along with many well-known international brands and franchises like Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Charlotte Russe, Cotton On, Forever 21, GameStop, H&M, Hollister Co., Nine West, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Victoria’s Secret, and more.

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