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Westwood’s most famous resident is not a person, but a university—the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), a giant in research, education, and collegiate athletics. But a world-class degree program, professorship, or fellowship is not the only reason to fall in love with the ritzy neighborhood of Westwood. UCLA Bruins may have the poshest environs in which to study and enjoy life out of any college students in the country.

The apex of the Westwood lifestyle is Westwood Village, a historic shopping, cultural, and entertainment center dating back to the 1930s. Perennially popular for decades, Westwood Village is the site of the historic Fox Village Theater and Bruin Theater, which has hosted generations’ worth of glitzy movie premieres.

The UCLA-affiliated Hammer Museum and Geffen Playhouse are here too, as well as a thriving upscale culinary scene. Grab some fine dining at NineThirty in the W Hotel, or an ice cream cookie sandwich at world-famous Diddy Riese. The college bar scene is predictably bumping, while the Improv makes Westwood a Mecca for comedy fans.

Academics and non-academics alike who choose to make Westwood their home enjoy an affluent environment in urban surroundings, from soaring Wilshire Blvd luxury high rise condominiums to elegant homes built within eyesight of skyscrapers and university greens. Lovers of fine architecture can find a plethora of styles in the peaceful streets, including Cape Cod, Craftsman, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional, French, Spanish, and Mediterranean. Median home prices peek just north of $1.5 million with a healthy $990 per square foot.

Not surprisingly, Westwood residents tend to be educated and well-heeled. Schools in this area are good, and the environment is family-friendly. One of the great pleasures of life in LA is spending a lazy weekend exploring the gorgeous UCLA campus, inspired by the architecture and intellectual energy. Living in Westwood, that energy is right at your doorstep.

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