Once the picturesque Wolfskill Ranch surrounded by lush hills and citrus farms, in the early 1920s Westwood Village emerged as Southern California's original urban village. The development-designed around an idyllic Mediterranean theme-was considered one of the best-planned and most beautifully laid-out commercial areas in the nation. Westwood's proximity to Hollywood also made it an ideal home for iconic theaters, including the Majestic Crest Theatre, Regency Theatre's Fox Westwood Village Theatre, and Bruin Theatre. These establishments soon crowned the neighborhood "The movie premier capital of the world," a distinction it still holds. Today, the area remains an icon of casual, glamorous California living defined by sidewalk cafes, upscale boutiques, green spaces with flowering, fragrant flora, and star-studded events - not to mention our Westwood, California hotel.
WHERE IS WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA
Bordered by the opulent mansions and estates of Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel-Air (Los Angeles' Platinum Triangle), Westwood combines Hollywood glitz with the natural Californian beauty of oak trees, holly bushes, palms, ferns, and a proximity to the ocean. Clay roofs, decorative Spanish tiles, paseos, fountains, and open-air courtyards- complementing the Italian Romanesque architecture of neighboring UCLA-create a picturesque scene. The area is also home to the seven-acre Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden. Additionally, the shops of Rodeo Drive, the entertainment and spectacle of Sunset Strip, and the beaches of Santa Monica are all just minutes away.
THINGS TO DO IN WESTWOOD
Year-round sunshine and creative freedom combined with the charm of Westwood's tree-lined streets make the area a magnet for a dynamic mix of creatives, celebrities, students, engineers, directors, Noble Prize winners from UCLA, and up-and-comers of all kinds. In picture-perfect 80-degree weather, they meet in the village to pick up organic fruits and vegetables from the outdoor market while live musicians provide the soundtrack. Numerous nearby museums and annual festivals-including music, book, and film events-provide endless opportunities for cultural and intellectual enrichment. Lounges and neighborhood bars, along with lush parks and gardens, provide restful daytime spaces to socialize and hold high-profile meetings. At night these venues transform to host premiers and parties, infusing the area with an intoxicating energy.