Welcome to Westchester

Family-friendly neighborhood close to LAX and Silicon Beach

Westchester is a family-friendly neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, next to the beachside community of Playa del Rey and home to Los Angeles International Airport. Development of the community began in the 1940s and boomed in the 1960s when LAX launched its first non-stop flights across the Pacific. Another boom began in 2013 as nearby communities such as Playa Vista saw an influx of tech companies. Westchester is ideally located for those commuting to these Silicon Beach tech hubs.

Real estate in Westchester is a mix of post-war ranch homes and newer single-family homes. Many of its original properties have been renovated into two-story homes.

What to Love

  • Welcoming community atmosphere
  • The Promenade restaurants and entertainment 
  • Close to LAX and the beach
  • Westchester Golf Course

People & Lifestyle

Westchester has been a big beneficiary of the Silicon Beach tech boom, and recent years have drawn many tech professionals and their families into the area. They have joined a diverse and welcoming neighborhood with a strong sense of community. There is plenty to do in Westchester to keep all ages occupied, from children’s sports programs to the Westchester Golf Course and diverse shopping and dining. Westchester also has several universities and a range of employment opportunities as many large companies are located in the area.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The 70-acre Howard Hughes Center business campus is home to major companies such as Sony and Universal Studios, a satellite campus of Pepperdine University, and a wide array of dining and entertainment at the two-story Promenade. The Promenade features a state-of-the-art Cinemark 18+XD movie theater, exhibits charting the history of sneakers at Sneakertopia, and lots of games and fun at Dave & Buster’s. Dining choices include seafood platters at Ways & Means Oyster House, sushi and ramen bowls at Kabuki, flavorful Mediterranean dishes at The Hummus Factory, gourmet burgers at Islands Fine Burgers, and quality drinks served alongside premium bar food at Buffalo Wild Wings. Many more quality restaurants can be found around Manchester Avenue’s intersections with Sepulveda Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard. Westchester’s restaurants serve authentic cuisine from all around the world, with highlights such as delicious lamb gyro at laidback Aliki’s Greek Taverna, traditional Thai cuisine at family-run Ayara, homemade ravioli and hand-tossed pizza at Italy’s Little Kitchen, Oaxacan-style Mexican eats and 30 varieties of craft beer at Cinco, and classic American dishes and cocktails served in a refined Old World atmosphere at The Manchester.

Things to Do

The 18-hole Westchester Golf Course was designed in 1965 and renovated and expanded in 2010. On Manchester Avenue, in the heart of the neighborhood, you’ll find the Westchester Recreation Center. Facilities at the Rec Center and the park surrounding it include basketball courts, a children’s play area, a lighted baseball diamond, a multipurpose sports field, and a skate plaza. A variety of after-school sports programs and seasonal camps take place at the Rec Center throughout the year. Westchester is also home to Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University. The Ben Matz Gallery on the Otis College campus features exhibitions showcasing the work of cutting-edge contemporary artists as well as the diverse Otis Speaks lecture program. The Loyola Marymount Lions men and women’s NCAA Division I sports teams include basketball, baseball, volleyball, and other sports. Head to the Gersten Pavilion at the Loyola Marymount campus to see these teams in action.


Westchester is zoned to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Highlights include:

  • Open Charter Magnet, Public, Magnet, Charter, K-5
  • Cowan Avenue Elementary, Public, Magnet, K-6
  • Kentwood Elementary, Public, K-5

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