Brentwood

Brentwood

Brentwood is a neighborhood in western Los Angeles County. The area is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, the border of Topanga State Park on the west and Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north.

Brentwood began as Westgate in 1905 and ran along the street car lines on San Vicente Boulevard.  In 1906 Brentwood Park filed for subdivision, and Upper Brentwood developed after WWII with the homes typifying the outdoor Southern California lifestyle with expansive canyon, city or ocean views depending on where the homes are located.  The Mountain Gate planned community development was built in the late 1970's and centered around  the country club which is still bustling today. 

Brentwood's best known street is San Vicente Boulevard with its lovely Coral trees running down the center median, where the old electric  transportation cars lines ran.  The cultural center of Brentwood is located just west of the 405 freeway (Wilshire Boulevard north to the top of the "hills", and east of Santa Monica starting at 26th street).  San Vicente Boulevard is the place to be with every thing from quick eateries to upscale restaurants, stylish boutique shops, beautiful flower stores, gourmet grocers, public library and the always bustling corner of San Vicente and Barrington where Starbucks, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee houses are always packed.  The "coffee corner" is a great place to people watch or just relax with your favorite cup of java and read your paper.  After you finish your coffee take a walk a few blocks west to the Brentwood Farmer's Market at the corner of San Vicente Blvd & Gretna where market is held every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Another staple of Brentwood is the Brentwood Country Mart which, with it's red-board structure evoking early American and English country marketplaces (with shops and stalls arranged around a central courtyard), has been a local gathering spot since 1948.