This everyday neighborhood keeps it simple rather than playing it cool.

Westlake's center-city proximity, public transit options, and rolling park land beckon commuters to live beyond the borders of Downtown LA. Hang out in this everyday locale and get to know the flavors of North America's southern neighbors—this colorful neighborhood boasts a culturally rich Central and South American community. Trade neighboring Silver Lake and Echo Park's hip attitudes for a work-tirelessly acumen and you'll find yourself centered in Westlake.

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On the Map

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

LAX Airport: 15 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 15 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Multi-Cultural Community on the Border of Downtown

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Encircled by Silver Lake, Downtown, Echo Park, and Chinatown, Westlake's residents add another layer to LA's distinctly diverse neighborhood culture.

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Predominantly Latino, this neighborhood's colors, flavors, and sounds celebrate the rich heritage of its Central and South American citizens.

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Bold hues and intricate details stand out in Westlake.

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Gently-peeling paint and faded monikers hint at the neighborhood's age.

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Luckily, Westlake ages with grace.

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As Downtown rises just down the road, Alvarado Boulevard provides Westlake residents with all they need.

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Errands aren't errands when they come with a view.

This is a very authentic Los Angeles neighborhood with Los Angelenos selling fruit, DVDs, food stands, food trucks, Guatemalan churches with ministers preaching, etc. It is so radly diverse, I love it."

MacArthur Park: An Urban Oasis

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Ball fields, bridges, benches.

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Amphitheaters, playgrounds, and the catch of the day.

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Westlake's picturesque green space and aquatic attraction, MacArthur Park, tucks itself into the heart of LA's vast urbanity.

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Everyday Dining In Westlake

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Tommy's Hamburgers began its dynasty in Westlake.

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In Westlake, citizens have supported their local delis and dining cars for decades.

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They also support their four-wheeled eateries.

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Taco trucks and soft-serve vehicles share their flavors from the interiors of converted vans.

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They're the cherry on top.

Residential In Westlake

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Square-window homes and storybook mansions share Westlake's residential streets.

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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."