Brentwood

Brentwood


The city of Brentwood is an affluent neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, and is one of the wealthiest communities in the greater LA area. Situated at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, west of the 405 freeway, Brentwood enjoys green, hilly topography where sprawling estates are shuttered behind private gates and foliage. Some parts of Brentwood, mostly along Wilshire Boulevard, reflect the urban lifestyle that compares to the bustle and sophistication of Beverly Hills and Century City. Brentwood was part of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica, a Mexican land grant owned by the Sepulveda family and sold in sections after the Mexican-American War. The area was primarily avocado and soybean fields for years, and now is a prominent, thriving commercial center. Brentwood is surrounded by the communities of Bel Air to the east, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica to the West, and Mulholland Drive and the Topanga State Park to the north.

Residents love both the city life and laid back atmosphere that is available within the same few square miles of Brentwood. The Brentwood Country Mart, a farmers market established in 1947, serves as the focal point of a small “downtown” that features gourmet eateries, exquisite shops, a school, post office, and parks. Another farmer’s market, which brings in local artisans and growers of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, meets on Gretna Green Way once a week. Brentwood has some wonderful annual traditions, such as the maypole that is erected on the lawn of the Archer School for Girls. The beautiful, historical coral trees, that line San Vicente Boulevard, are adorned with thousands of holiday lights each year and create a dramatic display.

Brentwood’s major thoroughfares are Wilshire, Sunset, and San Vicente Boulevards. Many services, such as organic grocery stores, banks, and coffee houses are located on Montana Avenue. Bundy Drive, the street made famous in the OJ Simpson trial, which introduced Brentwood to much of the world, is a well-trafficked street running north and south through the middle of the city. Visitors and locals spend time at the Brentwood Country Club and Golf Course, which sits along San Vicente, a street known in the community for the best jogging paths.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus serves the city of Brentwood. School children attend one of several elementary schools in the area, as well as Paul Revere Charter Middle School, University High School, and Palisades High School. Brentwood housing is comprised mostly of mid to large estate properties, but some upscale condos and apartments sit in the lower portion of the community.

Major attractions include Brentwood Village, an unusual shopping district, Brentwood Country Mart, a farmer’s market complex, Brentwood Green, the village commons area, Brentwood Country Club with a walking/jogging trail alongside, Getty Museum located in the hills above Brentwood, with annual events like embellishing the coral trees during winters, and the traditional Maypole.




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