West Los Angeles

Unpretentious residences alongside indie theatres, vintage diners, and Japantown.

Forgetting your reusable grocery bag isn't a sin in West Los Angeles. This unpretentious neighbourhood's urban borders stretch from the beachfront mindset of bordering Santa Monica to the storied commutes along the arterial 405 freeway. Cottage-style residences and multi-store complexes settle in between indie theatres, vintage diners, and one of LA's favourite culinary areas, "Little, Little Tokyo" in Sawtelle. West Los Angeles' myriad attractions serve as sundry a population—you won't tire of the neighbourhood's inviting mix of simple pleasures.

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On the Map

West Los Angeles is bordered by Westwood, Santa Monica, Westside, Brentwood, and Mar Vista

LAX Airport: 20 minutes by car or 1 hour & 20 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 40 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 20 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Sweet and Simple Between Santa Monica and The 405

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Cradled between the nook of Santa Monica and the crook of the 405 freeway, West Los Angeles' unpretentious thoroughfares support independent movie theatres, retro-inspired diners, and second cups of coffee that serve students, families, and lifelong Angelenos.

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Despite its bright storefronts and welcoming greasy spoons, West LA is often overlooked as a destination in itself.

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Perhaps visitors should look again.

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Its residents like West LA's relaxed pace and inviting places to sit.

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In West LA, they feel like they're meant to stay awhile.

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From its bakeries to its soda fountains, the neighbourhood flaunts a no-frills and simply-fun attitude.

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Japanese Flavours In West LA

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West LA comprises Sawtelle, one of the city's favourite destinations for Japanese-inspired cuisine.

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Officially "Little Osaka," Sawtelle is more commonly called "Little, Little Tokyo."

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The area's myriad Japanese restaurants keep West LA busy afternoon and evening.

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As meals commence, drinks begin to pour.

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In Sawtelle, the sound of sipped sake harmonises with hit songs on the karaoke machine.

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Community Park Space In West LA

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The sound of friendly competition is common in West LA's playgrounds and park spaces.

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Basketball courts, skate parks, and sandboxes awaiting imaginative minds congregate in the neighbourhood.

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Solid noseslide.

West LA: Street View

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West Los Angeles' wide boulevards account for its frequent car traffic.

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Apartment complexes and cottage homes equally share its sun-filled avenues.

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Their exteriors are as varied as West LA's residents.

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Delight in the differences.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lauren Devon

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighbourhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.