West Adams

This central LA neighborhood boasts grandiose architecture, scholarly academics, and flavors especial.

One of Los Angeles' oldest neighborhoods, West Adams embraces its history and plans for its future. The grandeur of late 19th century Colonials coalesces with the cramped study tables of nearby USC students. More than mansions and scholars, this central LA neighborhood attributes its liveliness to its active Latino and LGBTQ communities. West Adams stretches along two freeways, so getting around this daytime destination is easiest by car. If you're without wheels, don't dismay—public transportation is possible.

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On the Map

West Adams is bordered by Westlake, Mid-City, Downtown, Mid-Wilshire, and South LA

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

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Everyday Lifestyles Amid Historic Los Angeles Architecture

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As one of LA's oldest neighborhoods, West Adams boasts a rich history preserved by its present community.

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Developed between 1880 and 1925, historic Craftsmans and Neoclassical mansions pepper its expansive boulevards.

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Despite the inherent regality of its architecture, West Adams feels much less opulent these days.

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Now, casual cafes and everyday apartment complexes share the streets of West Adams.

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USC students and hard-working families call West Adams home.

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The neighborhood's mixture of housing reflects a population in every stage of life.

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Theatres, diners, auto repair shops, and car dealers make room for one another in the neighborhood.

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West Adams makes room for one more thing, too.

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It makes room for its views of Downtown.

Trojan Land: University of Southern California

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Scholars from nearby University of Southern California enliven West Adams.

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USC's academic lifestyle pervades the tabletops of its surrounding coffee shops and cafe counters.

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Evidence of West Adams' proximity to Trojan Country is written on the walls.

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It also rides on the sidewalks.

West Adams' Vibrant Latino Community

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A thriving Latino community calls West Adams home.

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Taco trucks, bodegas, and Mexican-inspired artworks populate the neighborhood.

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We live on a very diverse urban street - young working class families, older neighborhood folks, USC students, loud teens, gay and straight couples, even nuns. There is always a lot of liveliness happening. This is an older residential neighborhood, so there aren't trendy local businesses."

Rooted In Farmers' and Flea Markets

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The weekly market means fresh berries, crepes, and quesadillas make their way to West Adams.

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Beyond its produce and crafts, park spaces dot West Adams' mediterranean landscape.

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Play time and palm trees were always meant to go together.

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Witness a swish in the making.

Los Angeles Landmarks In West Adams

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Built in 1910, the 2nd Church of Christ stands proudly in West Adams.

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A decade later, St. Vincent de Paul church was erected to serve increasing numbers of residents.

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The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library was also built in the 1920s. This UCLA affiliate holds one of the country's most comprehensive collections of rare manuscripts.

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Exploring its catalogues is free and open to the public.

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Originally the home of millionaire Thomas Douglas Stimson, the Stimson House was built in 1891.

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Over the years, the home has served as a brewery, a fraternity, and a respite for Mount St. Mary's College students.

LA Legacy: West Adams' Historic Homes and Mansions

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West Adams is home to one of the largest collections of historic homes this side of the Mississippi River.

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Nearly every type of revival architecture is represented in West Adams.

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Gothic, Colonial, Renaissance, Mediterranean, Mission, Egyptian Revival.

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The list continues.

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Inside a West Adams home, you're living history.

Photography

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

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.