Westside

Modern conveniences and simple delights in a suburban paced environment.

A tidy neighborhood tucked inside a larger area of the same name, the Westside blends contemporary conveniences like mega-malls with simple delights like old-school diners and California-style beach homes. This suburban-paced urban neighborhood connects seaside destinations like Santa Monica with boutique destinations like Beverly Hills. Movie theaters and ice cream parlors comprise the Westside's evening options, so consider venturing west to the beach or east to Downtown when you're seeking something other than silent nights.

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On the Map

Westside is bordered by Westwood, Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, South Robertson, Palms, and Beverly Hills

LAX Airport: 25 minutes by car or 1 hour & 25 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 40 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 40 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Quiet Suburban Personality Between Urban Beaches

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Snuggled in-between beach cities and big freeways, the Westside is a convenient, car-friendly neighborhood characterized by the juxtaposition of mega-malls and modest homes.

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In the Westside, family-run restaurants share freeway exits with big-name retailers.

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Here, cars are considered the best mode of transport.

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The Westside's wide intersections and multi-lane surface streets still get congested.

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It's easy to guess where everyone is going.

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The offices of LA's biggest execs beckon in the distance.

A quiet westside neighborhood close to UCLA, Santa Monica, Century City, Beverly Hills, and of course the beach.  Unlike many places in Los Angeles, my neighborhood is walkable and you see many people, young and old, walking and biking to work and school, and walking their dogs late at night."

Local Hangouts and Diner Denizens

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Leading the sweetest rebellion against mega-conglomerates, The Apple Pan has been flat-top frying and counter-top serving since 1947.

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Specialty wine, cheese, and deli shops nestle into the Westside, too.

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Sleek Chic In Century City

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Century City's looming buildings resemble a miniature version of LA's Downtown proper.

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Steel beams and reflective windows shelter ICM's, Fox's, MGM's, and Univision's high-powered entertainment execs.

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Couture designers create boutique experiences in Century City's lavishly-renovated shopping mall.

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Some consider it the shopping mecca of the 22nd century.

Residential Escapes In The Westside

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Trade the mall's manicured plazas for Westside homes' trimmed hedges.

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California bungalows and modest apartment complexes make up the Westside's residential streetscape.

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When you're home in the Westside, you can climb a tree instead of the corporate ladder.

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Branch out.

Photography

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."