West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles is a region of Los Angeles County that is home to numerous neighborhoods and is part of a greater area known as The Westside.  The district is bordered by Santa Monica on the west, Brentwood and Westwood on the northwest, the unincorporated Sawtelle Veterans Administration grounds on the north and northwest, Mid-City and Mid-Wilshire on the east and southeast, and Mar Vista and Palms on the south and southwest. 

After colonization by the Spanish, most of what is now West Los Angeles became part of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica. With the arrival of Anglo settlers after the Mexican-American War, the original California landowners sold out, or were forced from their holdings, and by the beginning of the 20th century the area was mostly bean and wheat fields. The core of what is now West Los Angeles was incorporated as the City of Sawtelle around this time.  In the 1920s, West L.A. was annexed by the City of Los Angeles.  Many Japanese immigrants settled in the district, establishing orchards and nurseries in the process. Some of these nurseries are still in business today, along the stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards.

As with a majority of the neighborhoods on the Westside, West Los Angeles is a fairly affluent community even as it is exceptionally varied in its citizenry.  Its central location has made it a locus of commercial development, with several high-rise office buildings along Olympic, Santa Monica, and Wilshire Boulevards. It also contains a large number of Japanese-owned businesses. A satellite congregation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the most prominent Reform Jewish congregations in Southern California, occupies the northeast corner of Olympic and Barrington.  Little Ethiopia is also located in West LA.

Housing in West Los Angeles is a mixture of low-rise apartment buildings, mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families, and single-story tract house developments built between late 1920 and 1960.  Two of Los Angeles's tallest residential towers are at the neighborhood's northern edge, at the intersection of Wilshire and Barrington.  The Westside also contains a number of historic districts and world famous architecture from the Mid-Century Modernist Masters.  All of the neighborhoods in West LA offer unique dining, shopping and nightlife and on Sundays you can find many residents at the West LA Farmers Market from 9am-2pm.  There are many work-out spots, spas and gyms in the neighborhood and the popular Stoner Recreation Center is located in West Los Angeles. The center includes a waterpark, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights and a capacity of 300 people, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts. 

The Districts of West Los Angeles are as follows:

BeverlywoodCarthay, ​Century City, ​Cheviot Hills, ​CrestviewFaircrest HeightsLa Cienega Heights, ​Little Ethiopia, ​PalmsPicfair Village, ​Rancho Park, ​Sawtelle, ​​South Robertson, ​and Wilshire Vista.