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Westside Spotlight: Brentwood

Warm Pacific breezes, leafy tree-lined streets, and a rich history are key elements of the affluent Westside neighborhood of Brentwood. Like nearby Santa Monica, Brentwood offers a temperate climate for homeowners who enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Brentwood is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, whose ridges and canyons define the area both north and south of Sunset Boulevard, and west of the 405 freeway between Bel Air and Pacific Palisades.

Brentwood offers seven private and two public schools for families of this relatively small Los Angeles district of 35,000+ residents, and retains local traditions such as a maypole erected each spring at the Archer School for Girls.

Some of the local gathering places and highlights of this neighborhood include the Brentwood Country Mart, home of Reddi Chick and the Farmshop. Brentwood’s restaurants span the gamut, from Toscana, to Baltaire and Amici (for more, read this recent Thrillist guide).

Like many Westside communities, Brentwood is home to celebrities, athletes and technology luminaries, including Heidi Klum, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, Elon Musk, LeBron James, Evan Spiegel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many more. It was also once the home of gangster Mickey Cohen.

Brentwood real estate includes architecturally significant homes from some of the mid-century masters working in Los Angeles, as well as more traditional homes of the Spanish Revival, Cape Cod, and Tudor styles. Notable homes include the George Sturges house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1939. Home values remain strong in this sought-after area, which is near both the Getty museum and UCLA.

The district’s real estate offerings consist of a mix of luxury estates and homes with prices ranging from under $1M to $22M+. The average price per transaction has grown from $1,832,500 in the benchmark year of 2007 to its current valuation of $2,850,238.00. There was a 90-percent growth in sales over the previous year as well. We view Brentwood as an undervalued property market compared to nearby Beverly Hills.

Home buyers and investors alike will find Brentwood a charming community with superb schools and amenities, as well as a superior investment opportunity. So, in addition to being a wonderful place to live, it has a positive financial upside.