area that is now Brentwood was part of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica,
a Spanish land-grant ranch sold off in pieces to Anglos
after the Mexican-American War. The area now popularly
known as Brentwood began following the establishment of
the large 600-acre (2.4 km˛) Pacific Branch of the
National Home for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors in the 1880s.
The economic growth stimulated by this veterans facility
led to immediate property development outside its west gate.
an agricultural district (soybeans, avocados, et al.), Brentwood is now one of the wealthiest
neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and one of the prominent districts
of the Westside. It has prosperous commercial districts
along each of its major east-west thoroughfares, Wilshire Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard and Sunset
Boulevard. It is largely populated by professionals
name Brentwood comes from Brentwood
of Essex, England, a town on the outskirts of London dating back
times. Street names such as Barrington, Gorham, and Bristol,
to name a few, are British influenced.
today continues to be the sophisticated community that it
was destined to be when it was laid out 90 years ago. The
successful shopping districts along San Vincente Boulevard
and the low-density housing have combined to create a wonderful
place to live and to play. It is certainly a large jewel
in the crown of Los Angeles.
isn't actually a town or city. It is a section of West Los
Angeles. ZIP code 90049, just west of the 405, between UCLA
and Santa Monica.
population of Brentwood is approximately 38,000. There are
close to 18,000 residences, made up half of single family
dwellings (mostly north of San Vincente) and half apartments
or condominiums (mostly south of San Vincente).
is called home by many of the area's most prominent business,
political and academic leaders--and of course, movie stars,
screen writers, directors and others "in the business."
Vincente Boulevard is the "Main Street" of Brentwood
where some of LA's best shopping and dining locations are
found, the Country Mart (at 26th and San Vincente) and Brentwood
Village (where Barrington and Sunset intersect) also offer
anything you might be looking for.
© 2005 Mary Beth Woods