Brentwood is an affluent neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles, California. Brentwood is a family-friendly town, Its 33,000+ residents are considered highly educated, and it is the home of seven private and two public schools. Seventy percent of Brentwood residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for the city and the county. The percentages of residents in that age range with a bachelor’s degree or greater were high for the county.
Brentwood has been the home of many celebrities such as Jay Leno, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen, Dr. Dre and Monica Lewinsky.
The Brentwood Country Mart, a farmers market with food, shopping, and exercise studios is a great feature of this beautiful town.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates public schools.
- The elementary schools in the area are Kenter Canyon Elementary School (a charter school) and Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School (an alternative school).
- Paul Revere Charter Middle School is Brentwood’s middle school.
- The local public high schools are University High School in West Los Angeles, and Palisades Charter High School, in the nearby neighborhood of Pacific Palisades.
The following private schools are located in the Brentwood area:
- The Westland School, elementary
- The Mirman School
- Berkeley Hall School, elementary
- Milken Community High School
- Brentwood School, K–12
- Archer School for Girls
- St. Martin of Tours, elementary
The district is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, the border of Topanga State Park on the west and Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north.
As a member of a group of nearby neighborhoods that are affluent and attractive, it is known as one of the “Three Bs”, along with Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
Brentwood, like nearby Santa Monica, has a temperate climate influenced by marine breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Residents frequently wake to a “marine layer,” a cover of clouds brought in at night which burns off by mid-morning. The topography is generally split into two characters, broadly divided by Sunset Boulevard: the area north of Sunset is defined by ridges and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains; south of Sunset the area is hilly. The southern district features underground springs which bubble up into a small creek along “the Gully” near the Brentwood Country Club, and in the “Indian Springs” portion of the University High School campus, formerly the site of a Native American Tongva village.
San Vicente Boulevard is divided by a wide median on which stand many large coral trees. This green belt replaced a Pacific Electric trolley track, and the trees have been named a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Brentwood features a number of residential subdistricts:
- Brentwood Circle: gated community east of Barrington and north of Sunset
- Brentwood Glen: an area bounded by Sunset, the 405 Freeway and the Veterans Administration
- Crestwood Hills: includes a cluster of architecturally significant mid-century modern residences located in the
- northern part of Kenter Canyon
- Kenter Canyon
- Mandeville Canyon: westernmost part of Brentwood