Having maintained both its elegance & its popularity since the earliest Mexican land grant days in the 1880’s, Brentwood is one of “the three B’s”, along with the equally affluent nearby neighborhoods of Bel Air & Beverly Hills. Historically Brentwood residents have been a vibrant mix of successful businesspeople (Eli Broad, Gisele Bundchen), politicians (Nancy & Ronald Reagan), & film executives & actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Garner), as well as professionals in numerous fields. They have all been drawn by the lifestyle afforded by the wide streets, large plots of land, & location just inland from the beach – where the climate is mild & business centers are close.
Brentwood 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, & Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north. The lovely, wide San Vicente Boulevard, with its long grassy central islands, forms the cultural
center of Brentwood. Brentwood citizens use the islands for jogging & dog walking, & the wide roadways to ride their bikes.
The long boulevard goes from large residential lots near the beach, to high end condominiums, shops & restaurants moving east. The Brentwood Country Mart & Brentwood Village provide both fine dining & clever shopping. San Vicente Boulevard also hosts local events &
markets throughout the year.
The Getty Museum/Cultural Center, a world class cultural destination calls Brentwood home. In education, Brentwood, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, boasts 2 public elementary schools (Kenter Canyon Charter & Brentwood Science Magnet), a public junior high (Paul Revere Charter), as well as a total of at least 8 private schools (Westland Elementary School, Mirman School, Berkeley Hall, Milken Community High School, Brentwood School K-12, Archer School for Girls, St. Martin of Tours, & Mt. Saint Mary’s College).
Over two-thirds of Brentwood’s approximately 35,000 residents have college degrees & more than half of that group have graduate or professional degrees.
Today Brentwood is a sought-after mostly residential enclave of single family homes, with upscale apartments & condominiums along its prosperous commercial districts running along the three main thoroughfares of Sunset, Wilshire, & San Vicente Boulevards. Then there are the canyons! Kenter, Mandeville, & Sullivan canyons especially are wonderful destinations for hikers & mountain bikers.
Brentwood features a number of residential areas:
- Brentwood Park – with large land parcels, among the most affluent neighborhoods in Los Angels
- Brentwood Circle – also affluent with larger lots. Also gated.
- Brentwood Glen – flat streets, properties of different sizes
- Bundy Canyon –north of Sunset
- Kenter Canyon -also north of Sunset
- Crestwood Hills –includes a cluster of architecturally significant mid-century residences, northern
part of Kenter Canyon.
- Mandeville Canyon – westernmost part of Brentwood, north of Sunset. Very large
significant homes mixed with smaller residences.
- Sullivan Canyon – rustic homes with land zoned for horses
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