Westwood Village is
Los Angeles' premiere village centre - centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles,
serving the neighborhoods of Bel Air, Holmby Hills,
Wilshire Corridor, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades,
Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.
This charming and unique area displays a rich history recognizable by its
architecturally significant buildings, many of which were built in the 30's and
40's. Architectural styles include New Orleans Revival, American Colonial
Revival, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial Revival, Period Revival, Post-war
Modern, French Regency, and Classical Revival.
Historic Westwood Village is being
revitalized with a unique collection of retail offerings,
galleries and restaurants that will cater to all of Los
Angeles but most especially to its area residents.
Westwood Village enjoys its
proximity to densely populated and wealthy communities with
household incomes averaging $113,379 within a 3-mile radius.
Built in 1928, Westwood
Village was conceived and built by the Janus family as a
retail village. Its charming streets and architecture
offer some of the finest environments for retailing in Los
Many original tenants remain
in the village, such as the single screen theatres and
Stan's Donuts which add to the allure of Westwood Village as
a charming destination.
of Westwood Village
The Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola visited this area in 1769. On
Sept. 4, 1781, “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles,”
meaning “The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels” was founded
by the Mexican provincial governor, Filipe de Neve. "Queen of the
Angels" was the capital of the Mexican province, Alta California, until
its surrender to the United States in 1847. Mexico ceded California to
the United States, and Los Angeles was incorporated as a city in 1850.
Westwood Village finds its beginnings in development and
construction provided by the Janss family.
Architecture of note in the village is a combination of Art Deco and Mediterranean-revival architecture.