Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis. Part of it, West Los Angeles, encompasses residential and commercial land bordered by the Santa Monica Freeway on the south and Westwood to the North. But the exact boundaries are blurry, with many residents simply referring to the area as “the Westside” of L.A. If you’re thinking about locating your office space in West L.A., you’ll have plenty of big-name neighbors, including the headquarters for Fox Studios and Sony Pictures (no they’re not in Hollywood). Housing in West Los Angeles runs the gamut from low-rise apartment buildings to single-story tract housing developments, and large, upscale and mega-pricey homes.
West L.A. includes many different cities, two of the best known being Brentwood and Santa Monica. Brentwood is an exclusive community where renting executive suites offers you the cachet of a Brentwood address, as well as the luxury of an affluent resident base and plenty of trendy restaurants nearby to entertain clients. Adjacent Santa Monica attracts flocks of tourists to its beaches, but is also home to trendy shopping and dining areas, such as Montana Avenue, that cater to its wealthy residents.
A growing number of businesses are located in West L.A., and the recently approved Purple Line subway extension will likely attract more, eventually easing the commute by linking West L.A. to all parts of greater Los Angeles.
If you locate in West L.A., be sure to check out the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The primary resource for small and midsized firms doing business in West L.A., the Chamber offers a wide range of programs, including seminars, events, networking and referrals.
Local attractions include:
- The Getty Center presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States.
- The Museum of Television & Radio: The Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms.
- The Museum of Tolerance provides interactive exhibits, arts and lectures, special events and customized educational programs for youths and adults.
- The Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions.
- Pacific Park is a family amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier.
- Venice Beach, California, is well known for its artists, street performers and funky atmosphere.
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