Brentwood is a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles nestled at the base – and on the southern slopes – of the Santa Monica Mountains, just north of Wilshire Boulevard and west of the 405 Freeway.
Residents love the area for its upscale vibe and nearby amenities (including the beach). With its many luxury homes on gorgeous tree-lined streets, exclusive gated communities, and sleek luxury condominiums, Brentwood is a highly sought-after neighborhood in which to live.
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Homes in the tony community of Brentwood are pricier than the L.A. County average. The farther one climbs the foothills, the more impressive the canyon and city views across the L.A. Basin become. What’s more, the coastline is just four miles away which means residents enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean along with each evening’s tranquil sunset.
Brentwood boasts some of the most beautiful, iconic estates in Los Angeles; many situated amidst lush landscaping – especially in the canyons north of Sunset, these homes vary in architectural styles, including Ranch, Farmhouse, Mid-Century Modern, Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean, and East Coast Traditional.
- Brentwood Circle is an exclusive, gated community north of Sunset near the 405 Freeway and abutting Getty Center. This is the spot to search if you love Mediterranean and French Provincial architecture, to name a few types of homes within its borders.
- Brentwood Heights/Westgate Heights sits next door to Brentwood Circle and house hunters can choose among Cape Cod, Traditional, Mediterranean villas and Mid-Century Modern estates.
- Brentwood Park, right next to Brentwood Heights and abutting Pacific Palisades, is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the area. It also has some of the largest properties. Some of the enclave’s architectural styles include Mid-Century Modern (including homes designed by Thornton Abell), 1930s Spanish Colonial, East Coast Traditional and Contemporary.
- Brentwood Glen is south of Sunset Blvd, right next to the 405. Brentwood Glen has condominiums, townhouses, and duplexes just a few minutes’ walk from bustling San Vicente Boulevard, Veterans Administration, and Jackie Robinson Stadium.
- Kenter Canyon is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains between Bundy and Mandeville Canyon and includes Crestwood Hills. Crestwood is an affluent area, renowned for its Modern and Post and Beam homes.
- Mandeville Canyon sits in the northwestern corner of Brentwood, a narrow 3-mile strip jutting north of Brentwood Park. This majestic canyon offers stunning views, and many of the homes use innovative design to take advantage of the views while still blending into the natural environs.
Located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Brentwood area is subject to the same morning marine layer as Santa Monica. The fog typically burns off by midday. What’s more, a sweltering summer day (say, in the 90s) is rare. Locals enjoy the temperate, Mediterranean climate.
Initially, a part of a Mexican land grant, Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica, Brentwood experienced a substantial phase of development during the 1880s. For a time, a trolley track ran down San Vicente, but it soon transformed into main one of Los Angeles’ major thoroughfares.
In 1961, the Brentwood-Bel Air fire erupted from a small brush fire in Sherman Oaks. The fire spread quickly, fanned by seasonal Santa Ana winds, and made its way over the top of the Santa Monica Mountains and into Brentwood. As soon as that fire was doused (in no small part from water pumped from residential pools by firefighters), another broke out just to the west in Santa Ynez Canyon. The combination of events resulting in 16,090 acres burned, 484 homes, and 190 other structures destroyed.
The Getty Center sits right above Brentwood. Designed by Richard Meier, it is a vibrant space for art and architecture, with exciting cultural events happening all the time. You can attend talks, view exhibits, or just enjoy the picture-perfect grounds and gardens. The café and full-service restaurant are renowned for their unique menus! General admission is free but will need to buy tickets for most events and pay a nominal flat fee for parking.
Skirball Cultural Center
Open since 1966 and founded by Jack Skirball, The Skirball Cultural Center is a Jewish cultural institution that offers a variety of exhibits, tours, and programs for people of all ages. The center’s programming aims to promote the democratic ideals of freedom and equality.
Brentwood Country Club
In the heart of Brentwood, this luxurious private golf and tennis club also offers a clubhouse and tavern to its members and their guests, along with a pool and fitness center.
Every Sunday (9:00 am to 2:30 pm), you will find the Brentwood California Certified Farmers Market at Gretna Green Way and San Vicente Boulevard. But you can also pop over to Downtown Santa Monica’s famed farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday for an even more extensive selection of goods.
Parks & Recreation
Barrington Recreation Center
Barrington Recreation Center (City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks) has an indoor community space, gymnasium, and indoor basketball courts. The center also has some outdoor facilities including two baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer field, tennis courts and volleyball courts. The Barrington Dog Park is located on this property as well. The staff also runs athletic programs.
Crestwood Hills Park
Crestwood Hills Park is a small neighborhood park with hiking trails, basketball courts and a community space with a kitchen. There are also BBQ pits and picnic tables if you feel like packing lunch.
Mandeville Canyon Fire Road
Tucked up in Brentwood’s hills, with views that span from the ocean to DTLA, this network of fire trails is ideal for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Parking is relatively easy here. Dogs are allowed off-leash, which is rare in L.A. But, keep an eye out for snakes!
Will Rogers State Historic Park
Just west of Brentwood, the 186-acre Will Rogers Park is an excellent spot for hiking, with a 2-mile loop to Inspiration Point or longer hikes along Backbone Trail. You can also ride horseback here. The park’s namesake Will Rogers preferred that way of experiencing it. The park is dog-friendly but requires you to keep Fido on a leash.
Other notable, nearby parks include:
- Getty View Park
- Los Angeles National Veterans Park
- Temescal Canyon
- Getty View Park
Shopping & Dining
Along San Vicente and Wilshire Boulevards, you will find a plethora of American, Japanese and Italian restaurants, along with the swanky steakhouse, Baltaire.
North of San Vicente, just up Barrington Avenue, Brentwood Village offers late night trattorias and Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge with its “speakeasy” vibe and cozy black leather booths. There are also many outdoor cafes and coffee shops for a quick bite or pick-me-up. And several premier spas for rejuvenation.
Brentwood Country Mart
Brentwood Country Mart is a small shopping and dining spot just off San Vicente and 26th Street. Initially opening its doors in 1948, this “one-stop shopping” mecca now has more than twenty stores and several popular food options, including Farmshop and A Votre Sante. And if you venture down nearby Montana Avenue, you will find more boutiques and restaurants.
Just South of Brentwood on Santa Monica Blvd, two arthouse movie theaters, Laemmle’s Royal (1938) and Nuart Theatre screen independent films. Nearby Westwood offers the latest theatrical releases. The upscale iPic Theater is also situated in Westwood, boasting a full menu of fare, reclining seats, and even personal blankets.
Just across the 405 Freeway in Westwood, UCLA’s stunning 1800-seat concert hall and performing arts theater hosts a variety of cultural events thanks to the Center for the Art of Performance. Royce Hall (1929) is also where the LA Chamber Orchestra performs and where the recently acquired Steinway concert grand piano “Sapphire” resides.
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
Hosts events and curates exhibits at, Schoenberg Concert Hall, The MacGowan Playhouse, Hammer Museum, and Fowler Museum.
- Brentwood Science (Alternative) – 740 Gretna Green Way, Los Angeles, 90049
- Franklin Elementary – 2400 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 90403
- University Senior High – 11800 Texas Ave., Los Angeles, 90025
- Brockton Avenue Elementary – 1309 Armacost Ave., Los Angeles, 90025
- Kenter Canyon Elementary – 645 North Kenter Ave., Los Angeles, 90049
- Paul Revere Middle School – 1450 Allenford Ave., Los Angeles, 90049
- Berkeley Hall (Elementary) – 16000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
- Curtis School (Elementary) – 15871 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
- The Westland School (Elementary) – 16200 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
- Milken Community High School- 15800 Zeldins Way, Los Angeles, 90049
- Mirman School (K-8) – 16180 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
- St. Martin of Tours (Elementary) – 11955 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90049
- Brentwood School (K-12) – 100 South Barrington Place, Los Angeles, 90049
- The Archer School for Girls – 11725 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90049
- Saint Sebastian School (Elementary) – 1430 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles, 90025
- Mount Saint Mary’s College (Liberal Arts) – 12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Size and Population
- Area: 15.22 miles
- Population: 33,400
- Population Density: 2,194 people per square mile (Low for Los Angeles County)
- Zip Code(s): 90049
- BUR: 17.8 miles
- LAX: 10.1 miles
- Beaches: 4 miles
- Downtown Los Angeles: 15.4 miles
- The Getty Museum enlists goats each year to clear the brush around the property which keeps the area tidy and helps prevent fires.
- In the late 1940s, the Pacific Electric trolley tracks running along San Vicente shut down and were replaced by a row of South African coral trees.
- In 1949, Hollywood star James Stewart wed Gloria H. McLean at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
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