West Los Angeles
West Los Angeles (often referred to as West L.A.) is a district in Los Angeles, within a larger region known as the “Westside.”
The district is bordered by Santa Monica on the west, Brentwood on the northwest, the unincorporated Sawtelle Veterans Administration grounds on the north, Westwood on the northeast, Rancho Park on the east and southeast, and Mar Vista on the south and southeast. Because the Big Blue Bus uses UCLA as one of its terminals, it provides good public transit within the region, especially along east-west routes, as does the LACMTA to a lesser extent. This district contains an area of Japanese-American culture along Sawtelle Boulevard which is sometimes called Sawtelle.
As with most parts of the Westside, West Los Angeles is an affluent neighborhood. Its central location has made it a locus of commercial development, with several high-rise office buildings along Olympic, Santa Monica, and Wilshire Boulevards. It also contains a large number of Japanese-owned businesses. West Los Angeles has a large Hispanic community evident by the authentic Mexican restaurants and a few Mexican shops.
West Los Angeles is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Public Library operates the West Los Angeles Regional Library.