Westwood Community Info
Westwood Village (also known as Westwood) is best known as the home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The prime portions of this community are often thought of as distinctly different neighborhoods: Holmby Hills; in the center, Little Holmby; to the north, Westwood Hills; and to the south, the Flats of Westwood: this is largely due to differences in value, lot size, and topography.
The first developer of the land that Holmby Hills, Westwood, and UCLA now occupy was Don Maximo Alanis, a Spanish soldier who obtained title to 4,438 acres under a Mexican land grant in 1843. He called it San Jose de Buenos Ayres.
In 1884, about 3,300 acres of this land came into the possession of a forty-niner named John Wolfskill, who paid $10 an acre for it and built a ranch house near the present-day Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 1919, the old Wolfskill Farm was purchased by wealthy retailer Arthur Letts. Letts’ son-in-law, Harold Janss, Vice President of Janss Investment Company, developed the area and started advertising new homes in 1922. Principally built to attract professors to UCLA, located nearby, the homes were charming and affordable. As you walk the area, you can still see sidewalks and bricks stamped with the Janss name, and the year the homes were built.
The Los Angeles Times reported the news: “Westwood, the subdivision of the Wolfskill ranch, 3300 acres of scenic territory between the city and Santa Monica, is to be opened to homeseekers and investors today by the Janss Investment Company. The tract comprises approximately 1000 residential and business lots, situated west of the Los Angeles Country Club on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Rancho Country Club on Pico Boulevard.”
Westwood is bordered by Brentwood and the 405 (San Diego) Freeway on the west, Bel-Air on the north, Century City and Beverly Hills on the east, West Los Angeles on the southwest, Rancho Park on the southeast, and Sawtelle on the south and southwest. For those preferring a truly luxury urban approach to living, Westwood also features a winding two-mile section of Wilshire Boulevard to the east of the Village that is dominated by residential high-rises, known as The Wilshire Corridor or the Millionaire’s Mile.
The community is best known as the home of the University of California, which is the biggest single plot of land in the area. In the neighborhood you’ll also find the W Hotel Westwood, built in 1969 as a University of California Los Angeles dormitory and converted to a hotel in the 1980s, and then renovated in 2000. This 16-story structure sits amid a residential block on a magnolia-lined street. Westwood features several vintage movie theaters including the Crest, Mann Village (formerly the Fox Theater) and Mann Bruin, the site of many movie premiers and red carpet events.
- Playboy Mansion
- Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, resting place of some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, notably Marilyn Monroe
- Westwood Village Shopping Area, distinctly collegiate mix of eateries, coffee houses, boutiques, and the like
- The Armand Hammer Museum, notable for its collection of Impressionist art and cutting-edge modern art exhibitions
- Geffen Theatre for live theater
- Royce Hall for celebrity and guest lecture series
- Billy Wilder Theater, run by the UCLA Film and Television Archive
- Los Angeles Country Club
- Rancho Park Golf Course
- Westwood Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday
Name: Westwood Farmers’ Market
Hours: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Vets Garden
County: Los Angeles
Manager: Mark Wall
Phone: 310- 861-8188
Web Site: Click Here to open
Best of all, WalkScore gives Westwood Village a 98, Walker’s Paradise!
Elementary schools serving separate areas in Westwood include:
- Fairburn Avenue Elementary School
- Westwood Charter Elementary School
- Warner Avenue Elementary School