Brentwood is a prestigious neighborhood located in Los Angeles’ Westside region, around 15 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.
Brentwood is known as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with its scenic tree-lined streets and impressive selection of spacious homes, beautiful mansions, and multi-million dollar luxury estates. Often confused with the San Francisco Bay Area city, the neighborhood was formerly part of the Santa Monica land grant and Rancho San Vicente. After the Mexican-American War ended in the mid-1800s, most of the land was sold in parcels by the Sepúlveda family, one of the most prominent families in Southern California back in the day.
The neighborhood’s development started during the late 1900s, in a small community known as Westgate. The area was officially annexed by the city of Los Angeles in 1916, and parts of Westgate were included in the nearby communities of Bel-Air and Pacific Palisades. Remnants of the original Westgate community still exist today in present-day Westgate Avenue.
Today, Brentwood is one of the most affluent communities in Los Angeles. The upscale neighborhood is home to many high-profile professionals and celebrities, and is considered a very desirable place to live in the LA area. It has very scenic surroundings, with streets lined with soaring hardwoods, refreshing open space, and beautiful parks and nature trails. Many residents also love the area’s beautiful weather – it’s sunny most days of the year, and there’s a nice ocean breeze blowing throughout the neighborhood, a unique feature not found in most inland cities.
Unlike Venice or West Hollywood which are particularly popular for successful under-30 residents, Brentwood attracts more established residents due to its selection of top-notch private schools and more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Residents of Brentwood also get to enjoy a wide array of nearby destinations, including the shopping venues and beaches of Santa Monica and a network of picturesque running and hiking trails. The neighborhood is also home to Brentwood Village and Brentwood Country Mart, two of the top shopping and dining hubs in the Westside.
Brentwood Luxury Homes and Real Estate
Buyers will be able to choose from a fine selection of homes in the prestigious neighborhood of Brentwood. With its family-friendly atmosphere, well-manicured tree-lined streets, and charming shops and restaurants in its business district, Brentwood offers the best of both worlds – a relaxing small town feel with convenient access to the big city amenities of Los Angeles and the nearby beach communities of Malibu and Santa Monica.
Homes in Brentwood feature a wide variety of stylish architectural designs. Many of the homes are designed by notable architects working in Los Angeles. Some of the architectural styles in the neighborhood include Cape Cod, Tudor, Spanish Revival, and contemporary. Some of the homes in Brentwood are perched on the gently sloping hills north of Sunset, while others can be found on flatter terrain, in the area south of Sunset heading towards Wilshire Boulevard. Many homes in Brentwood take advantage of these gorgeous views, with outdoor features such as sundecks, al fresco dining spaces, balconies, and covered patios. Real estate options here are very diverse – you can choose from comfortable 2-3 bedroom condos perfect as a starter home or vacation property, sprawling 6-bedroom estates with luxurious features, and everything in between.
Recreation, nightlife, shopping, and dining in Brentwood
- The Brentwood Country Mart is a charming local shopping venue with a great collection of boutiques and restaurants. Many residents enjoy the venue’s family-friendly, homey atmosphere, which sets it apart from other commercial shopping areas.
- Brentwood is a haven for dog walkers, runners, and anyone who loves nature. The neighborhood’s scenic surroundings and winding nature trails are perfect for anyone looking for a good workout.
The Barrington Recreation Center is an ideal destination for anyone who loves sports. The facility features baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, football and soccer fields, and more.
- If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, check out Katsuya. The place serves fresh hand-rolled sushi and other Japanese classics in a very cozy and stylish setting.
- Gaucho Grill is popular for many Brentwood residents for their fine selection of Argentinean cuisine, which includes a variety of grilled meats and fresh seafood. Café Brentwood serves mouth-watering reinventions of classic American comfort food in a casual European-style setting. Their dishes are expertly prepared, and are paired with their extensive selection of wine and beers chosen by in-house sommeliers.
Brentwood is home to several residential sub-districts, all of which offer an exceptional lifestyle. These communities are:
- Brentwood Circle
- Brentwood Glen
- Bundy Canyon
- Crestwood Hills
- Kenter Canyon
- Mandeville Canyon
Mandeville Canyon is a charming community in Brentwood centered around the 5-mile Mandeville Canyon Road, considered the longest paved dead-end road in Los Angeles. It was originally called “Casa Viejo Cañon” in the 1800s, as the Casa Viejo Creek ran through the middle of the canyon. During the early 1900s, a map of the area designated it as “Mandeville Canyon.” The name’s origin is unknown. Schools in Mandeville Canyon are under the Los Angeles Unified School District. Nearby schools in the area include Kenter Canyon Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School, and Palisades High School.
Upper Mandeville Canyon
The neighborhood of Upper Mandeville Canyon is surrounded by picture-perfect views of lush, forested hills, breathtaking open space, and majestic mountains. Homes here offer an exceptional lifestyle, and many of them are expansive estates equipped with luxurious features.
Lower Kenter Canyon
Lower Kenter Canyon is a picturesque neighborhood surrounded by Brentwood Hills. It is located north of Sunset and east of the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood. Homes in this community are very high in demand, as it’s one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Brentwood. The area is very family-oriented, with quiet surroundings, picturesque tree-lined streets, well-manicured lawns, and a great selection of homes ideal for any type of lifestyle.
Brentwood Flats is the area that roughly encompasses territory south of Sunset, between the streets of Barrington and Canyon View. The neighborhood is centered around San Vicente Boulevard, which is Brentwood’s main commercial thoroughfare.Homes in Brentwood Flats have expansive lot sizes, and are significantly larger than the ones found in nearby Brentwood Glen. Buyers seeking a luxurious lifestyle and plenty of living space can find many beautifully crafted custom homes with lot sizes of over 20,000 feet in areas such as Moreno and South Burlingame Avenue. In addition to its beautiful single-family homes, Brentwood Flats also boasts a fine selection of condominiums with first-class features and amenities.
Located south of Sunset Boulevard, Brentwood Glen features a selection of lovely homes with captivating views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Most of the homes here are single-family properties, but there are several condos and townhomes as well.
Brentwood Country Estates
Brentwood Country Estates is a gated community located off Mandeville Canyon Road. The neighborhood is considered one of the most prestigious gated communities, with lot sizes ranging from 30,000 square feet to over two acres. Many of the homes here offer breathtaking views of lush hillsides and refreshing open space.
If you’re looking for a home in this lively neighborhood, call Klein Real Estate at 310-459-7765 or send an email to [email protected].