Located along the sparkling shores of the Pacific Ocean's endless blue, western Los Angeles has become Southern California’s new tech hub, affectionately referred to as “Silicon Beach.” The recent addition of several start-ups has brought in several high-paying positions, resulting in the construction of new residential enclaves. From the beachside to the hillside, a diverse mix of palatial mansions, oceanfront towers, and pleasure boats lining marina docks are synonymous with Southern California’s sunny, glamorous lifestyle.
Once upon a time, Playa Vista was home to billionaire aviator and director Howard Hughes. Here, Hughes built the world's largest wooden airplane ever constructed, The Spruce Goose. Today, a vibrant spirit and similar pursuit of the American dream is alive and well, easily seen through Marina del Rey’s sought-after seaside locale, Brentwood’s towering manor gates, and Playa Vista’s highly walkable and lively neighborhoods.
Western Los Angeles residents live the quintessential, laid-back Southern California lifestyle day-in and day-out. Surfing on the beach, fishing from the pier, and glamorous nights spent at West Hollywood hotspots are regular occurrences every day. Brentwood locals enjoy a quiet and sheltered life, just minutes away from the world-famous designer boutiques on Rodeo Drive. Some of the city's most coveted real estate lies along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, allowing those who dwell within Marina del Ray towers to own a little slice of paradise, just steps away from the marina docks.
The crown jewel atop the 17th floor of Hotel Angeleno is home to West, a restaurant and lounge consistently seen on several “best of” lists. Upscale California-centric cuisine is served with sweeping urban and beach views as the backdrop. Short rib ravioli, lobster mac and cheese, and filet mignon are a few of guests’ favorite creations, frequently referred to as “spectacular,” “perfection,” and “very special.”
A bit closer to the shore, Élephante Beach House is another scenic hotspot for rooftop cuisine. This airy, relaxed destination aims to embody the spirit of southern Italy‘s Mediterranean coast through their woodfired pizzas, fragrant mussels, and homemade pasta. Élephante is a proud partner of the Thirst Project and has raised more than $100,000 to bring safe drinking water to villages across the globe where it is not available.
East meets west at Connie and Ted’s, one of the most popular stops in the city. Lobster rolls, a clam chowder sampler, and an impressive raw bar served from an open kitchen have built this LA gem a massive, loyal following, while still maintaining the friendly aesthetic of a simple neighborhood restaurant despite its extensive list of celebrity clientele.
New American bites are served in a roomy loft space at The Upper West. Well-known for their veggie burger, many patrons have referred to it as the best in the city, claiming it has no business being as good as it is. A comforting menu consists of elevated versions of familiar bar favorites and a seasonal offering of unpretentious craft cocktails.
Western Los Angeles‘ coastal location has spoiled locals with dozens of other ways to enjoy Southern California’s perfect weather. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier is one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks. An amusement park, food, and fishing have brought a taste of old-fashioned fun from forgotten times to the 21st century. One of the world's most photographed sites can only compete with the nearby Venice Beach Boardwalk. Two miles of seaside boardwalk consists of eclectic shops, colorful street performers, and laid-back California vibes. A bit more inland, The Getty Museum is a famed architectural icon in the heart of Brentwood known for its lush gardens and panoramic views of Los Angeles. Some previous exhibits include ancient Iraqi art, renaissance paintings, and rare photographs from America's wild west. If a last-minute is necessary, Los Angeles International Airport is just miles away.
Western Los Angeles is home to several of the state’s top-performing educational institutions. Just a few examples are:
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