Its most notable resident, of course, is the University of California–Los Angles (UCLA). One of the world’s most prestigious universities, it dominates this cosmopolitan mixture of education, retail, restaurants, and a broad variety of residential neighborhoods. Served by several main arteries — Wilshire Boulevard, which runs from downtown Los Angeles, through Beverly Hills, and down to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica to the West, Westwood is an abundance of unique neighborhoods — upscale, fine residential homes as well as the famous Wilshire Corridor, with many having spectacular views of the entire Westside, Santa Monica and its mountains, Getty Center, and the Pacific Ocean. On just about any day, you really can see “forever”. The Westwood core has a variety of retail, restaurants, and movie theaters which cater to UCLA’s population.
Once the back lot for 20th Century Fox, this 176-acre area is the home to approximately 6,000 residents who reside in beautiful, high-rise condominium towers along it s broad thoroughfares. Adjacent to Beverly Hills, it is a prime location for businesses major entertainment companies; movies as well as television shows producing hit movies and television shows on the 20th Century lot. Century City had a unique history — planned by developer William Zackendorf and ALCOA — it was conceived as a “city within a city”, and it has lived up to that promise. World-renown hotels and restaurants, super shopping center and strategic location attract visitors from around the world.
This rarified, exclusive neighborhood sits adjacent to Westwood, Beverly Hills, and Bel Air and is rich in history, dating back to the original Spanish land grants in the early 1800s. Originally designed as an exclusive retreat for the really rich and famous, Holmby Hills has been the home to Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Bing Crosby of years past. Today’s mega entertainment moguls continue to sustain the community’s tradition as “the highest income neighborhood in the United States”. . The famous Playboy Mansion is also located here.