Westwood is an upscale neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Westside region. It is home to UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the Geffen Playhouse, and the LA Country Club. Westwood is flanked on the north by Beverly Crest and Bel-Air, on the east by Beverly Hills, on the south by Century City and West Los Angeles, and on the west by Brentwood. The southern portion of Holmby Hills is also part of the Westwood district.
As of 2008, Westwood had a population of 52,041 based on L.A. Department of City Planning estimates. It is considered a moderately diverse population with a median household income of $68,716 (2008 dollars), high for the city of Los Angeles but about average for the county. The median age for residents was 27, considered young for the city; the percentages of residents aged 19 to 34 was among the county’s highest. UCLA’s location within the district probably contributes these figures.
Westwood Village is an established commercial area within Westwood that serves as the neighborhood’s downtown district. It contains numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and a couple of historic movie theaters. Opening in 1929, Westwood Village was considered one of the nation’s most well planned and beautifully laid out of commercial areas. Originally following a Mediterranean architectural style–clay tile roofs, decorative Spanish tile, paseos, patios and courtyards–the architecture now represents the historical relevance of this community & allows for a charming environment for visitors, residents, UCLA students, & people who work in the area.
The Los Angeles California Temple, the second-largest temple operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is located on Santa Monica Boulevard in Westwood (on land purchased from silent film star Harold Lloyd in 1937). Parking in Westwood (particularly downtown) can be difficult to find, however a city-owned garage, on Broxton Ave, provides two hours of free parking for patrons entering before 6 pm, and $3 flat rate parking from 6 pm to close.
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