Also known as the “Westside,” West LA’s multi-unit housing is predominantly in the form of low-rise buildings but the area also boasts some of the city’s tallest residential towers. The area’s density is increasing over time as smaller homes and buildings are being replaced by larger ones.
The district’s geographic boundaries are the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) on the south, and the green borders composed of hedges and green space with the neighborhoods of Century City (Century Park West) and Rancho Park on the west. The northern border of the portion of West L.A. that is east of the I-405 is Santa Monica Boulevard (north of which is Westwood).
The central location of West Los Angeles has made it a focus 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. A satellite congregation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the most prominent Reform Jewish congregations in Southern California, occupies the northeast corner of Olympic and Barrington.
Housing in West Los Angeles is a mixture of low-rise apartment buildings, mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families, and single-story tract house developments built between late 1920 and 1960. Two of Los Angeles’s tallest residential towers are at the neighborhood’s northern edge, at the intersection of Wilshire and Barrington.