Westchester is the ideal commuting neighborhood in Los Angeles. In the Westside of Los Angeles, Westchester is situated near the 405 and actually has Los Angeles International Airport in its backyard. With the recent influx of high-tech first to the area and the rise of “Silicon Beach”, homes prices in Westchester are rising with the greater demand for properties. Even with the close proximity of the airport, air traffic noise is minimal and Westchester is known as a quiet, comfortable community. This close-knit neighborhood has a small-town atmosphere that is reminiscent of a simpler time. There are great schools, a recreation center, shopping and dining.
The secluded community of Westchester is a mix of gorgeous older, homes, luxury properties, tree lined streets and an involved business district. The land that is now modern Westchester was once the host to the cross-country equestrian event of the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Westchester began as a residential community in Los Angeles during the 1930s when a local real estate entrepreneur developed inexpensive, single-family homes on empty farmland. As the aerospace industry expanded during the World War II era, so did Westchester. It is still possible to buy a modest home here for less than $1 million. However, housing demand continues to be on the rise. Many of the older, ranch-style, single-story homes are being completely redesigned into multi-level luxury homes. There has also been recent development of both new homes and condos. Larger, upscale properties are reaching up to $4 million in the current market.
Westchester lays claim to the title of a “university town” and is home to Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Arts and Design. The influx of students to Westchester each fall adds both a youthful character to the community and a contribution to the local economy. LMUs 142-acre campus sits on top of a bluff and its green, park-like setting create a dynamic and beautiful backdrop.
When it comes to raising a family, this is the right choice of neighborhood. The school system in Westchester is excellent and has an exceptional graduation rate. Westchester is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The educational system in the community has a wide range of options between public and private schools with nearly twenty institutions in town. Students in Westchester can choose to attend the Westchester Enriched Sciences and Magnet schools in additional to the traditional options. There are also unique educational opportunities available due to Loyola Marymount University.
Residents in Westchester have a lot of opportunities to enjoy the amazing California weather and spend time outdoors. The Westchester Recreation Center is a popular spot to spend a sunny Saturday. It has a multiplex, a swimming pool, athletic fields and a park. Right next door is the Westchester Golf Course. This public course will well maintained and very affordable and is a favorite spot of locals to get in a round of golf.
When you’re ready to explore the Westchester real estate market, connect with the team at Hartmann-Cole. Call them today to learn more about all of the possibilities that wait for you in Westchester. They look forward to hearing from you soon!