General Information about Westwood

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Affordable and yet, prestigious, Westwood has been a neighborhood folks have a aspired to for years. “Greater” Westwood’s boundaries are loosely: south to Pico Boulevard, north to Wilshire Boulevard, west to Sepulveda Boulevard and east to Club View Dr. (see map). Little Holmby is actually a part of Westwood but it and Greater Westwood are separated into two sections for purposes of this Web site. Westwood’s rather close proximity to the Ocean makes for a milder climate than other areas in Los Angeles, being cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Homes in Westwood range in price from roughly the $900,000 range up to the $2,300,000 dollar range, generally being more expensive north of Santa Monica and east of Beverly Glen. The majority of homes in Westwood however are currently selling from $1,100,000 to $1,500,000.

Westwood has always been a greatly desired residential neighborhood because of its close proximity to UCLA which is important to the many doctors and professors who work there. It is also ideally located close to four major commercial centers in Los Angeles. First and foremost, it is walking distance from Westwood Village, which is experiencing a huge Renaissance. Westwood is also a few minutes drive from the Century City, Westside Pavilion and Beverly Hills shopping areas as well.

Westwood is home to several synagogues including Sinai and Sephardic Temples, the landmark Mormon Temple and many churches of various denominations offering a splendid diversity for religious observance.
When it comes to culinary considerations, the selection of eateries in Westwood is second to none. Westwood features a rich variety of ethnic restaurants in all price ranges spread across the Westwood area and although several of it’s once numerous movie theaters have closed, a rich nightlife is returning to Westwood Village. While in Westwood make sure to visit Diddy Riese‘s, famous cookies and Stan’s Doughnuts.
Schools which service the area include the highly coveted Westwood Charter and Fairburn Elementary Schools, Emerson Middle School and University High School. UES (University Elementary School) is also located in the Westwood area (actually on the UCLA campus) although admission to this elementary school is on a waiting list basis only and takes children from all over the city.

Westwood’s close proximity to UCLA gives it a distinctly educational back drop. For years home to many of the universities doctors and scholars, Westwood is also home to people of all professions who are proud to be among its residents. It is a superb and affordable alternative to some of the more expensive neighborhoods it borders. In my opinion Westwood is one of the best values in the westside of Los Angeles.