In the middle of it all, Mid-Wilshire claims museums, music venues, high art, and farmers' markets.

Cultural heritage infuses Mid-Wilshire's museums, music venues, and multitudinous communities. Often referred to as Midtown by LA locals, Mid-Wilshire comprises dozens of neighborhood enclaves, including Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, and contemporary American malls. Walk through first-class farmers' markets, contemplate art at the LACMA, and marvel at your central location between the Hollywood stars and Downtown's soaring skyscrapers. Mid-Wilshire's name says it all—it's mostly in the middle of everything.

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On the Map

Mid-Wilshire is bordered by East Hollywood, West Hollywood, Westlake, Culver City, West Adams, Hollywood, Mid-City, Silver Lake, South LA, South Robertson, and Beverly Hills

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 10 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 20 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 25 minutes by car
The Grove: 10 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Mid-Wilshire: Everything In the Center of LA

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Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire is a central neighborhood that takes a lot of littler neighborhoods under its wing.

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Since it's in the center of it all, Mid-Wilshire's friendly denizens often refer to their neighborhood as Midtown.

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Art Deco buildings, retro-feeling music venues, and farmers' markets spanning entire plazas attract residents and out-of-(Mid)towners to the neighborhood.

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In Mid-Wilshire, streets are wide and sidewalks are flat.

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They lend themselves to longboarding.

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The neighborhood sports a vintage vibe.

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Its nostalgic exteriors star in numerous Hollywood films.

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Oscar-worthy, indeed.

Fairfax Boulevard: Local, Wholesome, Friendly

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Fairfax Boulevard blends diverse cultures and diverging interests.

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A strong Orthodox Jewish community comes together in its northern stretch.

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Television studios, the Original Farmers Market, and the Grove take root along its middle.

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Little Ethiopia sprawls along its southern reaches.

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Bargain basements are found at ground-level in South Fairfax.

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The neighborhood is quiet but very close to all the trendy shopping malls, restaurants, and clubs."

Koreatown In Mid-Wilshire

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Choose from over a hundred Korean restaurants in Koreatown, a three-square-mile neighborhood in the midst of Mid-Wilshire.

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Audiences have applauded musical acts at The Wiltern since 1931.

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The Art Deco palace inherits its name from its intersection at (Wil)shire and Wes(tern) Avenue.

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High-rises and Asian-inspired high-fashion boutiques concentrate in Koreatown.

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It can be hard to keep up with Koreatown.

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The neighborhood boasts the highest concentration of nightclubs and 24-hour businesses in Southern California.

High-Art and Architecture on LA's Museum Row

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Mid-Wilshire is home to numerous museums and public works of art.

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, remnants of the Berlin Wall, and envelope-pushing exhibitions converge within the neighborhood's "Miracle Mile."

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Many "Miracle Mile" gallery spaces feature evenings filled with interactive art.

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Expansive green spaces sprinkle among the area's gallery spaces.

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The Hancock Park neighborhood is classic old Hollywood, filled with dramatic mansions that go back to the 1920s. This is the neighborhood where Prince William and Kate stay when they visit California, and where Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith call home when not in Spain."

Larchmont Village: An Intimate Neighborhood Niche

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Larchmont Village takes you out of the city without making you venture miles away.

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Yoga studios, boutiques, and sweeteries populate this neighborhood's eponymous focal-point, Larchmont Boulevard.

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Residents adore its small-town feel in their big-time city.

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Come On Down: The Price Is Right at CBS Studios

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Mid-morning weekday favorite, "The Price Is Right," tapes at CBS Studios.

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Get in line early to snag your fifteen minutes of fame.

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One dollar, Drew.

Residences In Mid-Wilshire

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Opulent apartment buildings and Spanish-style homes make up Mid-Wilshire's residential streets.

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Many of the neighborhood's houses are protected under a historic preservation act.

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Mid-Wilshire's duplexes and triplexes are stunning representations of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

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Que bella.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Lauren Devon

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.