Brentwood is an affluent neighborhood on the western edge of Los Angeles. It is roughly bordered on the north by Topanga State Park, with Pacific Palisades to the west, Midcity and Sawtelle to the south, and Westwood to the east. Brentwood has a temperate climate with breezes from the Pacific Ocean often bringing in a light fog early morning which burns off before noon. Some streets have scenic views of Los Angeles or the ridges and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. Houses include historic, mid-century, and modern styles of architecture, with many being categorized as mansions or estates due to their large size.
The Pacific Electric trolley track which used to run along the center of San Vincente Blvd. has been replaced by a wide median planted with coral trees that have been named a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The Getty Center South Building is located on the north east side of Brentwood, and the better known Getty Villa is about 4 miles to the east off the Pacific Coast Highway. Brentwood Village, located at the intersection of Barrington and Sunset, offers dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores. Brentwood public schools are run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and there are 7 private schools.
Adams Square is a neighborhood in the south western part of the city of Glendale, CA. Nearby neighborhoods include Adams Hill, Eagle Rock, Atwater Village, and Glassell Park. Adams Square homes vary from historic Victorian style houses to Craftsman, and Post-Modern. Located about 5 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Adams Square is also close to many fun places to visit such as the Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Observatory, and the Verdugo Mountains. The Glendale Galleria and Glendale Fashion Center offer a large number of retail shopping stores, and Adams Square is home to Dreamworks Animation and DisneyToon Studios.
Adams Square is served by the Glendale Unified School District, with 2 nearby elementary schools and several private schools. The Glendale, Ventura (134), and I-5 freeways are close by, as well as public transportation on the L.A. metro system.
Sylmar is a neighborhood located in the northern part of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, and is known to some as the “Top of Los Angeles”. Historically known for its many olive orchards, Sylmar features several historical landmarks, parks, and recreational areas. Sylmar offers fourteen public and eight private schools. Adjacent and nearby communities and cities are: San Fernando, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, Pacoima, and Santa Clarita.
Some sections of Sylmar feature additional amenities such as a community pool, spas, play grounds, gazebos, park like grassy areas, and basket ball courts. Many homes offer scenic views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest which features hiking trails and camping. Sylmar offers many remodeled shopping centers and east access to the rest of L.A. via the 5 and 405 freeways, and public transportation options.
Calabasas is located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley, and east of Thousand Oaks, California. Simi Valley is located about 10 miles to the north, and Santa Monica about the same distance to the south east. Calabasas is known for its wealthy residents, gated neighborhoods, and large homes. One of the oldest surviving buildings in the greater Los Angeles area, The Leonis Adobe built around 1844, is located in Old Town Calabasas.
The City of Calabasas holds an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The city also provides its own shuttle and trolley services, and is also serviced by LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Calabasas residents are served by schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, one of the highest-ranked districts in the state, which offers 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and Calabasas high school.
Woodland Hills is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to the south; Calabasas lies to the west, Tarzana to the east, and Canoga Park to the north. Woodland Hills is crossed by U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Freeway) from east to west, and Topanga Canyon Blvd. from north to south. Originally known as the community of Girard, Woodland Hills is listed as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #93 because of hundreds of pepper trees planted along Canoga Ave. in the 1920’s.
Woodland Hills can have hot summers and cold winters and is classified as a Mediterranean climate. As of the 2000 Census, Woodland Hills is one of the least dense neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The 7 public elementary schools, 2 middles schools, 3 high schools, and 7 charter schools of Woodland Hills are part of Los Angeles Unified School District, and there are 9 private schools serving grades K-12.
Mission Hills is an urban community of the San Fernando Valley, within the City of Los Angeles, California. It is named for the nearby Spanish Mission San Fernando Rey de España, which was built in 1784. With easy access to the Golden State Freeway (I-5) the San Diego Freeway (I-405), and the Ronald Reagan Freeway (SR-118), Mission Hills is bordered by Granada Hills to the west, Sylmar to the north, Pacoima to the east, and North Hills to the south. It is also adjacent to Arleta and Panorama city to the south.
Mission Hills offers recreation activities at Brand Park and is near to Angeles National Forest. The public school system is part of Los Angeles Unified School District. Medical care is available at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and private medical groups located in the community. Shopping is available both in the Mission Hills neighborhood and at the nearby Northridge Fashion Center. The nearby Discovery Cube Los Angeles offers wonderful activities for all ages, and the Nethercutt Museum features rare cars and other antiques just to the north in Sylmar.
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Arleta is a small neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, north of Panama City and south east of Mission Hills. There are 5 public schools and a large public recreation area known as Branford Park which features and auditorium and several lighted sports fields.
Arleta is accessible from the Golden State Freeway (I-5) and the Hollywood Freeway (SR 170). Major thoroughfares include Van Nuys Boulevard, Woodman Avenue, Arleta Avenue, as well as Sheldon, Branford, Osborne and Terra Bella Streets. Metro Rapid 761 provides fast transit on Van Nuys Boulevard, and Metro route 158, goes up Woodman Avenue.
Shopping and stores in and near Arleta include 3 different nurseries & garden stores, 3 florists, fashion shops, a tattoo studio, smoke shop, bike and skate shop, pawn shops, and indoor or outdoor malls.
Sun Valley, situated at the base of the Verdugo Mountains in the north east corner of Los Angeles, offers a variety of housing architecture both old and new. Some homes have large lots and beautiful landscaping, but there low maintenance town homes available as well. Sun Valley has thirteen public schools and four private schools; there are 3 public recreation centers. Downtown Sun Valley also offers ample office space and shopping. Surrounding communities include Burbank, North Hollywood, Valley Glen, Van Nuys, Panorama City, Pacoima, Shadow Hills, and Arleta.
Sun Valley has easy access to both the 5 and 405 freeways. One can drive to the beaches of Santa Monica in about 30 minutes, or the ski resort of Mt. Waterman in about 1 hour. A MetroLink station offers other transportation options.
Lakeview Terrace is a suburban neighborhood in the north east area of Los Angeles, CA. It is bordered to the north by the Angeles National Forest, and shares its zip code with the city of Sylmar to the west. Lakeview Terrace is close by to many famous movie and T.V. studios such as Universal, Warner Bros., and Walt Disney. The Los Angeles Zoo is a short drive to south east and Burbank Airport is easily accessible; the Los Angeles Discovery cube makes a great day trip for the whole family.
Lakeview terrace is one of only a few remaining residential areas in the City of Los Angeles that has private homes zoned for horse-keeping and hosts a large equestrian community. The eastern part of the neighborhood has a more rural feel to it while the western side is characterized by more homes and businesses adjacent to the cities of Pacoima and Panorama City, making Lakeview Terrace a “semi-rural” community. Some streets have beautiful scenic views of the San Gabriel mountains. Lakeview Terrace may be less well-known than other nearby communities, but as a result, homes are often better priced and more affordable.
Alhambra, California, is located about 8 miles north-east of Downtown Los Angeles, and is bordered by Pasadena to the north and Temple City to the east. Alhambra was once promoted as the “city of homes” due to the great variety of historic architectural styles of houses such as arts and crafts, Spanish Mediterranean, Spanish colonial, craftsman, and bungalow.
With many desirable quiet streets, homes feature both traditional features and modern amenities. The business district and downtown area near Main and Garfield have been renovated and upgraded, offering many restaurants and retail stores to shop at. The Alhambra Unified School District provides 9 elementary schools, and 5 high schools. There are also several private schools such as the historic Ramona Convent Secondary School, a Catholic all-girls college preparatory school, St. Therese, St. Thomas Moore Elementary, Sherman School (grades 10-12) and Emmaus Lutheran, just to name a few.