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Homebuying in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA

Get a taste of small-town living in the big city.

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Lindsey Chase

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Stefan FagerholmLocal Expert

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8/8/2022 · 5 min read

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This west Los Angeles neighborhood is famous for being home to one of the busiest airports in the world, but it has so much more to offer than a flight out of town. 

A housing boom after World War II brought veterans who used the GI Bill to build single-family homes in the late 1940s through the 1960s. Because of this, Westchester today has beautiful mid-century homes that are full of life and character. 

With Pacific Ocean beaches right down the road, it’s no wonder families flock to the Westchester neighborhood.

Latest homes for sale in Westchester, CA

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    $1,449,000

    • 3 br
    • 2.5 ba
    • 1647 sqft
    13229 Fiji Way Unit K, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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    $1,149,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1371 sqft
    8400 Belford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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    $1,625,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1667 sqft
    7842 Westlawn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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    $1,399,000

    • 3 br
    • 1.5 ba
    • 1146 sqft
    8317 Westlawn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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    $2,700,000

    • 5 br
    • 5 ba
    • 3825 sqft
    7947 Stewart Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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    $1,598,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1433 sqft
    1201 E Acacia Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

Look & feel 

Westchester Home of LAX sign

Source: Wikimedia - Sfsichi

The housing market

$1600k

1%

Median Home Price

$849

-1%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

33

-8%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Population density is low, but competition is high

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) takes up 5.4 square miles of this neighborhood near the Pacific coast. This makes Westchester one of the lowest-density areas in Los Angeles, with a total population of about 62,000 residents, including neighboring community Playa Del Rey. It also means finding residential property under seven figures might be difficult, especially as you get closer to the beach.

Who lives in Westchester?

40,912

Population

38.3

Median Age

155,806

Family Median Income

Young families, but there are students, too 

Nearly 71% of households here are families with small kids, according to the city of Los Angeles. However, newcomers should know that the community swells with college students during the school year. Loyola Marymount University (LMU), tucked between Jefferson Boulevard and Manchester Avenue, brings about 10,000 students into Westchester each year. The private Catholic school was named one of the top national universities in the country. 

Walking & biking

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Bike score 61; walk score 58

Find bike lanes on major roads

While some neighbors say walkability here isn’t great, bike paths like the Westchester Parkway attract local clubs along with more casual riders. Los Angeles County’s  full map of bike lanes can be found here.

Public transportation

Services offered in Westchester 

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Bus: Metro Bus

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EV Charging: Chargepoint

New Metro line extension 

Despite being so close to LAX, residents in Westchester have not had a nearby connection to LA’s Metro subway system. Until now. The Crenshaw/LAX project, scheduled to open to passengers in fall 2022, will be known as the K line and bring eight new stations to the system.

In the meantime, consider your commute

Commuting by car is probably a reality for the many residents of Westchester who work outside of the home. You don’t have to be a local to know about LA’s traffic-choked streets, but consider that residents here lose about 75 hours a year to traffic, the second-worst levels in the country (after New York City). Workers in Inglewood, Culver City, or Venice will have an easier time of it.   

Animals & pets 

Go west, young Fido

With LA being a very dog-friendly city, Westchester is home to many four-legged friends. Bluff Creek dog park is a popular neighborhood park with fenced-in areas for both large and small dogs. There are also many dog-friendly eateries in the area, with Sustainabowl on Lincoln Boulevard near LMU listed as a local favorite. 

3 things to know before buying a home in Westchester according to locals

1. Be aware of the runways

Locals in Westchester will be the first to point out that their proximity to LAX comes with pros and cons. The noise of airplanes passing overhead and touching down on the runways is something that residents get used to, and some homes even have soundproofing as an added buffer. In fact, Westchester and El Segundo were recently awarded a grant of $6.6 million to use for increased residential noise mitigation. Find out more about LAX noise management here.

2. It’s in Los Angeles

Westchester is a neighborhood within the city limits of Los Angeles, which has a unique map. Adjacent areas including Culver City and Santa Monica are outside these limits and are both cities in their own right. This is important for potential homebuyers to know so they are aware of LA codes, school districts, zoning, and more. 

3. Ties to the aviation industry

Aviation has been an important part of Westchester’s history from the time what is now LAX was tiny Mines Field. Famous aviator, filmmaker, and businessman Howard Hughes developed his manufacturing facilities in Westchester, which spurred the need for nearby housing. Early home sales were restricted to defense workers and those working in plants supporting the war effort in World War II. Aviation continues to be a major employer in Los Angeles County with about 50,000 workers in the aerospace and defense industries. 

The top 4 things to do in Westchester

1. Stop for a bite at Benny’s Tacos

This is a local favorite for anyone looking for delicious and authentic Mexican food. Customers love the breakfast burritos and fresh guacamole. Plus, they deliver if you want a night (or morning) in!

2. Westchester Golf Course

This newly-renovated, 18-hole golf course sits in the heart of Westchester. A driving range with views of palm trees plus private lessons with instructors are a few highlights to experience at this course. 

3. Head to the beach

Although not technically within Westchester, there are numerous beautiful beaches nearby that can provide a full day of activities. Playa Del Rey Beach is the closest and offers sand volleyball courts and bike paths. A bit farther south is Dockweiler Beach with three miles of shoreline and a picnic area.

4. Go plane watching

Our local expert Stefan recommends taking advantage of Westchester's proximity to the airport. "Of course many people don't want to live next to the airport, but there are some advantages," he says. "Some of the best plane spotting is here, and there's a famous LAX In-N-Out that has a grass park next to it." Stefan notes that many people grab a burger at In-N-Out, then head over to the park and enjoy a picnic as they watch plane "roar right above [their] heads."

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Lindsey ChaseAuthor

A graduate of the Hubbard School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota, Lindsey has written for print and online publications as a freelancer since 2018. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys pottery, spending time with her family, and running her A-frame house account @chaseaframe.

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Stefan Fagerholm is the owner of LifeHacksLA, a brand that includes a large Instagram following, a weekly blog and podcast and a private meetup club all dedicated to sharing the best experiences in LA. Stefan and his family are currently enjoying the South Bay Bubble and living in the Rancho Palos Verdes area.