A leafy neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles (not to be confused with the City of Brentwood, in Northern California), Brentwood’s 90049 zip code is one of the most desirable in greater L.A. With its convenient proximity to UCLA, the beaches, and freeways leading to the San Fernando Valley in one direction and LAX in the other, Brentwood is a neighborhood of huge appeal.
Sub-districts within Brentwood range from apartments to gated communities, each distinguished by architecture, lot size, and community “feel.” Some of the neighborhoods include Brentwood Circle, Brentwood Glen, Brentwood Park, Bundy Canyon, Crestwood Hills, Kenter Canyon, and Mandeville Canyon. Neighborhoods that were once considered modest have seen ambitious remodeling that has pushed home values to a million dollars and beyond. A recent sale in Brentwood Park exceeded $20 million.
As with much of California, Brentwood was a Mexican land grant community and saw early settlement in the 1880s. Bounded on the south by Wilshire Boulevard, with its skyscrapers, restaurants, and shops, Brentwood rises gradually northward into the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Two grand boulevards running east and west divide the area. One is Sunset Boulevard, which begins in Downtown Los Angeles and winds its way to the Pacific Coast Highway; the other is San Vicente Boulevard, where a wide grassy median once occupied by the rails of the Red Car line is now home to stately coral trees. There is a vibrant commercial district on San Vicente and another at Barrington and Sunset. Active community and homeowners associations tend to the district’s well-maintained quality of life.
In addition to celebrity neighbors and star-quality residences, Brentwood has some well-recognized landmarks. Perched above the northeastern corner of Brentwood is the Getty Center. The Brentwood Country Club, built in 1941, occupies a serene oasis tucked among residential streets. Mount Saint Mary’s University is also in Brentwood, along with seven private and two public schools.