Welcome to Westside Los Angeles
L.A.’s trendy, and surprisingly bucolic, glam-filled heart
Less an incorporated city and more a collection of some of the most glamorous neighborhoods in the country, Westside Los Angeles represents the best of Southern California cool. From the rarified environs of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood to the coastal enclaves of Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica, Westside Los Angeles is where people come to live out their dreams.
Of course, when one thinks of L.A., the image is often the glitz and glamor of Hollywood or the hustle and bustle of downtown. And certainly, the lights shine bright on Westside’s urban sprawl just south of the Santa Monica Mountains. There is, however, a more serene side to the area, which makes it ideal for laying down roots, purchasing a second home, or finding an investment. You’re mere minutes from the ocean, the mountains, and several state and national parks.
There is no shortage of spectacular, luxury housing in Westside. From multimillion-dollar oceanfront compounds to massive mountain estates with breathtaking views to more traditional neighborhood accommodations, there’s plenty to love about Westside real estate market. There’s even an active urban lifestyle market for those who prefer vertical or low-maintenance living in the heart of the action.
What to Love
- Pick your pace and lifestyle—from bustling urban vibes and family-centered communities to ultra-exclusive enclaves and private remote hideaways
- Rich with history, including a profound cultural and educational heritage
- Stellar locale close to the best of Southern California, including the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles
People & Lifestyle
It's little surprise that Westside L.A. attracts its fair share of Hollywood’s elite and entrepreneurial power players. Regardless of where one lives, you’re never too far away from someone famous or the popular haunts where they hang out to see and be seen. Owing to its star-studded lineage, there are several standout communities to call home. One of the best parts is that you can choose to live elbow-to-elbow with the fête set or opt to keep them more at arm’s length.
To that last point, what may come as a surprise to many is the Westside’s slower, more relaxed personality. Amid the lavish lifestyles, bustling central thoroughfares, and hip and trendy food and entertainment scene is a distinct love for the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and surfing are favorite pastimes thanks to the region’s abundance of beaches and state and national recreational areas. There’s also plenty of community green spaces—parks and lakes and playgrounds (and great schools)—that appeal to families.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Boasting an exciting and diverse food and bar scene, it can certainly be a challenge trying to decide on a favorite. Catch LA
is a chic, rooftop spot with outstanding seafood and a star-studded clientele. Farm-to-table fare is on offer in a unique setting at Laurel Hardware
(yes, it was once a hardware store) along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Wine lovers will rejoice at Wally’s Beverly Hills
. Trendy Japanese favorite Nobu
has locations in Malibu
and Los Angeles
. If you’re seeking an Italian food mecca in the heart of Westside, Eataly
, along Santa Monica Boulevard, is your ideal destination. This 67,000 square foot Italian marketplace features four restaurants, a full market, take-out counters, and a cooking school.
Things to Do
One could spend an entire month touring the Westside region and still only scratch the surface of what there is to do. And that’s without even venturing a few minutes east and sampling what’s on offer in Hollywood or downtown.
The central theme to Westside’s lifestyle spots is variety. Head west and it's beachfront, where you’ll find Santa Monica’s downtown and Third Street Promenade
and the historic Santa Monica Pier
. A bit further south is the ultra-hip Venice Boardwalk
. For Greek and Roman artifacts in a stunning setting, The Getty Villa
in Pacific Palisades is one of the city’s top museums.
Head back east and get your upscale shopping fix at hotspots along Rodeo Drive
and in The Grove
. Of course, if you’re seeking out the best in dining, shopping, and nightlife, you’ll easily find it all in the heart of the Westside. It’s here you can spend hours on end traversing Santa Monica Boulevard
or the Sunset Strip
and their bustling nightlife.
Westside is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: