Westwood is a neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. It is the home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Located in the northern central portion of Los Angeles’s Westside, Westwood is bordered by Brentwood on the west, Bel-Air on the north, Century City and Beverly Hills on the east, West Los Angeles on the southwest, Rancho Park on the southeast, and Sawtelle on the south and southwest.
A center of movie-going on the Westside and the site of many movie premieres, Westwood is home to several vintage movie theaters, including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village (once called the Fox Theatre) featuring a landmark 170-foot (52 m) white tower and the Bruin Theatre. Playboy Mansion, home of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, is located in nearby Holmby Hills.
Westwood is also home to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. A museum named for and endowed by activist and philanthropist Armand Hammer, longtime head of Occidental Petroleum (which maintains its headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard), has become one of Los Angeles’ trendiest cultural attractions since UCLA assumed management in the 1990s. “The Hammer”, as it is commonly known, is particularly notable for its collection of Impressionist art and cutting-edge modern art exhibitions. The museum also houses the Billy Wilder Theater, run by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Westwood Village is within walking distance of the UCLA campus. There is a multitude of culturally-based restaurants condensed into this small area, so that students and Westwood visitors can choose from a variety of food options, including Indian, Chinese, Thai, American, Italian, Persian, Japanese, and Mexican.
Because of consistently high demand and the district’s proximity to so many Westside attractions and businesses, rental housing in Westwood is very expensive relative to most areas of Los Angeles. For all but the wealthiest UCLA students, living off-campus in a Westwood apartment necessitates sharing a room.
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