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Homebuying in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrity mansions, bountiful hiking, and a famous landmark decorate this affluent LA neighborhood.

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Ethan David

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Sarah AuerswaldLocal Expert

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8/15/2022 · 6 min read

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Back in 1907, the LA Times described the new neighborhood of Brentwood as “a suburb, away from the noise, dust and inharmonies of the city.” Over 100 years later, this description holds up. 

Despite being home to popular travel destinations like the Getty Center and Brentwood Country Mart, the community is known for its privacy. That, paired with stunning views, has made Brentwood home to celebrities from the worlds of sports, movies, and music. Famous or not, locals of this affluent neighborhood can enjoy a suburban hometown feel with easy access to city amenities via the nearby 405 Freeway.

Latest homes for sale in Brentwood, CA

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    $6,999,999

    • 4 br
    • 4.5 ba
    • 5826 sqft
    11496 Orum Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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    $18,499,000

    • 6 br
    • 10.5 ba
    • 9690 sqft
    414 S Cliffwood Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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    $3,800,000

    • 4 br
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    • 2625 sqft
    315 21st St, Santa Monica, CA 90402
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    $16,995,000

    • 8 br
    • 11 ba
    • 11624 sqft
    2304 Donella Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077
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    $3,295,999

    • 4 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2304 sqft
    411 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Look & feel 

The housing market

A pricey place to call home

With the amount of celebrities who live in Brentwood, it should come as no surprise that it’s an expensive place to buy. The median home price is $1,628,579, which is considerably higher than the already expensive LA median of $945,000.

Peace and privacy

At 2,059 people per square mile, Brentwood has one of the lowest population densities in the city. This results in quiet residential suburbs with a ton of privacy.

Who lives in Brentwood?

Your friendly neighborhood stars

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gwyneth Paltrow, LeBron James, and Travis Scott are just a few of the many A-listers who reside in the neighborhood. But as of June 2020, many studio and one-bedroom apartments in Brentwood qualify for HUD vouchers, paving the way for people across a wider range of income levels to move there.

It’s not especially diverse

When Brentwood was founded in the early 1900s, people of color were prohibited from buying property in the neighborhood. Despite these racial restrictions eventually being struck down, the neighborhood remains overwhelmingly white.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 42; walk score 52

Mountain bike or bust

The 14,000 acres of canyons, mountains, and forest offered by Topanga State  Park to the west of the neighborhood makes it an ideal location for mountain bikers looking for a diverse array of trails. In the actual neighborhood, the only protected bike lane is on the busy San Vicente Boulevard.

Somewhat walkable

While having a car is ideal, some errands can be done on foot in Brentwood. “If you are looking for a place to live where you will not need a car, I would say you can get away with it for a while in Brentwood but will eventually venture to other parts of the West Side,” one resident wrote.

Public transportation

Services offered in Brentwood

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EV Charging: ChargeHub

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Bus: WalkScore

EV it up

There are 46 public electric charging stations in the small neighborhood of Brentwood. Commuters traveling to other parts of the city will be pleased to know there are 3,700 ports to date scattered across Los Angeles.

All bus and no train

Bus riders can take advantage of any (or all) of the 8 routes that pass through Brentwood. However, those hoping to use the underdeveloped subway system will have to set their sights elsewhere, because there are no train stops in this neighborhood.

Animals & pets 

Furballs approve

Dog owners in Brentwood can get their pooch some off-leash time in the 1.5 acre Veterans' Barrington Park with its picnic tables, trees, and separate area for smaller pups. Those feeling more adventurous are welcome to trek the 7.4-mile Westridge Trail to San Vicente Mountain loop with their four-legged friends, so long as they’re on a leash. 

3 things to know before buying a home in Brentwood, according to locals

1. Renting may be a workaround

If you (understandably) can’t afford a mansion but would still like to live in Brentwood, you might want to consider renting. “To own a house out there, of course you’ve got to be rich rich. But renting an apartment out there, you can technically live there if you’re willing to pay $2.2k+ for a studio or 1 bedroom,” one resident wrote. “I rented an apartment out in Brentwood earlier this year and that’s roughly what I paid for and other apartments in the area were similarly priced as well.”

2. It has a small-town feel

Brentwood is only 15 square miles with just over 36,000 residents. It’s a quaint, pocket community with easy access to the 405 for commuters. “People are friendly, you meet neighbors at the local Safeway stores, Costco, at the farmers market, restaurants, etc.,” one resident wrote. “Brentwood is quaint enough to have that small time atmosphere but big enough to have the amenities of the big cities. The best of both worlds.”

3. Traffic gets bad

The popular Sunset Boulevard passes through Brentwood, where it can get particularly congested. “10 out of 10 Brentwoodians agree — Sunset Boulevard at rush hour is the absolute worst thing, ever,” LA Times writer Scott Garner wrote in 2016.

The top 4 things to do in Brentwood

1. Architecture done right

Brentwood locals get to drive by some of the most stunning home designs in the city of Los Angeles. The 3,400 square foot Nesbitt House was originally constructed in 1942 for NBC radio producer John Nesbitt and features redwood siding. The Hunt Residence is a ​​Historic-Cultural Monument designed by Paul R. Williams, the first certified African-American architect west of the Mississippi. The nearby George Sturges House by Frank Lloyd Wright boasts a 21-foot overhang. True crime enthusiasts can take the OJ Tour in a 1994 Ford Bronco, the same car O.J. Simpson famously used to flee his Brentwood home.

2. A mart to remember

You can’t talk about Brentwood without talking about the iconic Brentwood Country Mart, which is designed to look like a barn and features a renowned food court, boutique stores, a barbershop featured on HBO, an old fashioned shoe repair store, and a post office that dates back to the mart’s 1948 opening. Foodies can chow down at the locally-sourced Farmshop, coffee lovers can enjoy the hand-roasted brews at Caffe Luxxe, while shoppers can browse high-end luxury brands like Goop and Louboutin. Old Hollywood stars like Shirley Temple and Elizabeth Taylor frequented the mart when it first opened, and Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon, and Jamie Lee Curtis have been spotted in recent years.

3. No shortage of hikes

Hikers in Brentwood have vast wilderness at their disposal. Mandeville Canyon Park has a moderately challenging 7 mile loop for birders, hikers, and mountain bikers alike. Lower Canyonback Trail offers views of Santa Monica Bay. For an easier trek, walk along the 2.6-mile Getty View Trail for views of Bel Air and, obviously, the Getty. If you love parks, visit Veterans' Barrington Park and give your dog some off-leash time on its 1.5 acre run.

4. Get your Getty on

The world-renowned Getty Center is situated in the neighborhood of Brentwood. The views from this hilltop art institute on a clear day stretch out across the entire city to the Pacific Ocean. Inside, the views are just as beautiful with an art collection that includes Van Gogh, Monet, and Paul Cézanne, among others. The 134,000 square foot garden features an array of cacti, a stone waterfall, and a maze of azaleas. Entry to the museum is free, but it does require a reservation.

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Ethan DavidAuthor

Ethan David is a writer and filmmaker. You can find more on his website ethandavid.com and follow him @ethandavidism.

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Sarah Auerswald is the founder and publisher of MomsLA.com, the go-to online site for parents in Los Angeles looking for Summer Camps, Things To Do with Kids, and other practical tips for living life in SoCal. Sarah is married with two sons and loves living in Los Angeles.