A bustling metropolitan community of approximately 48,000 residents, Westwood encompasses the ultra-affluent Holmby Hills (the most affluent neighborhood in the U.S., with a mean household income of nearly $600,000 annually) and is surrounded by other exclusive enclaves including Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. It supports a daily influx of commuters bound not only for local businesses, but also to attend classes at the sprawling campus of UCLA. Immediately adjacent to the campus, Westwood Village is the commercial hub of the community.
The neighborhood’s skyline and main thoroughfares are dominated by Westwood Los Angeles real estate including high-rise business buildings and multi-story luxury apartments and condominiums. A two-mile section of Wilshire Boulevard running through Westwood has been dubbed “Millionaire’s Mile.”
Originally a 3,300 acre ranch owned by Arthur Letts, founder of the Broadway and Bullock’s department stores, the tract was opened for residential development in 1922.
- Movie premieres are common at several notable vintage theaters, and the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood stars.
- Schools are under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- Westwood’s renowned Armand Hammer Museum is home to world-class Impressionist and Modern art.
- The Los Angeles California Temple and its affiliated Los Angeles Regional Family History Center (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) are each the second largest entities of their kind.