Westwood is an affluent neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. As a nearly coastal village with a cosmopolitan flair and the home UCLA, it caters to both students and starlets. Westwood real estate consists mainly of single-family homes on manicured lawns. Neighborhoods within Westwood include North Village, Westwood Village, Wilshire Corridor, and Little Holmby.

With a top-notch university campus, fine dining, and revered playhouses, Westwood is one the city’s bright spots. This premier neighborhood attracts residents who are generally young and ethnically diverse, with a high level of education and income.

The land on which Westwood is located is a 3,000-acre parcel of the historic Wolfskill Ranch purchased in 1919 by Arthur Letts, founder of the Broadway Department Stores. After Arthur Letts died, his son-in-law, Harold Janss, inherited and developed the area and began advertising to home seekers in 1922.

In 1925, when enrollment at the Southern Branch of the University of California on Vermont Avenue expanded so rapidly that it outgrew its site, a new campus in the Westwood hills was selected, and Harold Janss agreed to sell the site for $1 million, less than one-third of the property’s value.

Westwood Village was created by Harold Janss’ company in the late 1920s as a shopping district and headquarters for the company. When it opened in 1929, it was hailed as one of the best planned and most beautifully laid out commercial areas in the nation. Janss hired notable architects and instructed them to design the buildings following a Mediterranean theme, with decorative Spanish tiles, paseos, patios, courtyards, and clay tile roofs. Westwood Village opened with 34 businesses, but had grown to 452 businesses by 1939, despite the Great Depression.


Top Westwood Real Estate Agents

Beverly Hills Estates Realty is a high-end real estate group with a reputation for good work among both clients and colleagues. In an industry dominated by huge corporations, we are boutique firm – we provide highly personalized care, never getting lost in the giant machine of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills real estate.

Our real estate agency is run by veterans in the Los Angeles real estate market. Marisa Zanuck is our broker of record. With more than 2 decades as a broker, she has sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of properties. Marisa worked with Hilton & Hyland for 18 years. She has helped buy and sell hundreds of homes in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Sunset Plaza, and the Westside of Los Angeles, and has appeared on several mass media outlets.

Tom Stagen is our group’s commercial director. He is a native of Los Angeles, a graduate of UCLA, and a retired active army officer. In more than 45 years in the real estate industry, Tom has participated in the sale of thousands of residential units, the development of more than a million square feet of iconic income properties, and the management of thousands of residential apartments and condominium units and numerous office and retail properties.

There is a good sense of camaraderie and cooperation within the organization in our real estate group. Our team of stellar real estate agents and brokers includes:

  • Mark Sleeper, who has years of experience in transactional real estate and mortgage banking and represents buyers and sellers of luxury real estate in premier Los Angeles neighborhoods
  • Patrick Kibby, who is a licensed broker in both real estate and real estate finance, which enables him to provide exceptional attention to detail in representing his West Hollywood clients

Luxury Homes in Westwood

Westwood is a premier neighborhood with many attractions. The Geffen Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater built in 1929 for UCLA, is one of the first 12 structures built in Westwood Village. Shopping, fine dining, and historic motion picture theaters can be found in Westwood Village. With its sleek cafes and street performers, Westwood is chic and approachable, trendy, and loved by Angelinos. Westwood residents also have an easy route to Santa Monica or Beverly Hills.

If you are searching for real estate in Westwood, contact us at Beverly Hills Estates Realty. We are a high-end, boutique real estate group, serving the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on Westwood and Beverly Hills and the surrounding communities.

Our top realtors are tough but fair, ensuring that our clients’ best interests are represented every step of the way. We strive for perfection, sweat every detail, listen to what you need and want, and do all we can to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with our service at closing.