“West Los Angeles” sometimes gets confused with the “Westside.” The latter is a more generalized reference to the area west of downtown and I-405. West LA, on the other hand, is a specific neighborhood bounded by Santa Monica and Pico Boulevard, with Century City to the east and I-405 a few blocks to the west.
Once the site of bean fields and orchards, West LA was subdivided into homes in the 1920s and exists to this day as a series of orderly blocks of beautiful Modern and Revival homes, a suburban refuge in the heart of the urban jungle. It’s a minor miracle to find this level of peace and hominess in such close proximity to UCLA, Sawtelle, and Cheviot Hills… but the comfort and convenience suits just fine the younger, educated professionals who choose to make their homes here.
West LA isn’t just homes, though. Great shopping and dining can be found here, with hundreds of thousands of retail square feet in the development pipeline, along with hundreds of new residential units. This is where you go to be hip without the pressure and the snobbery—a more laid-back kind of “cool.”
West LA homes are affordable compared to some of the surrounding areas, although the average bed/bath combo is 2/2. West LA condos and townhomes are popular, but so are larger houses in the grip of a recent development boom. Average prices in West LA toe the line of $1.7 million, but you can find prices significantly below, as well as way above.
More than just a point on a compass, West LA represents some of the best of what LA has to offer—hip but homey, suburban with a short commute, eclectic and interesting, brimming with personality.
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