Century City & Westwood...

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Century City and Westwood are considered amongst the most desirable communities.

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When we look at neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we tend to lump them together for convenience and real estate purposes. Especially when we look at Real Estate we focus on sections of Los Angeles and we try to compartmentalize them. Century City/ Westwood is a great example.

In my opinion this approach should be adjusted, there should be a separate discussion about Century City. So, with that said, when we think of Century City we think of Avenue of the Stars and all the high-rise Condominiums that we see today.

If we look back in history, there was 20th Century Fox Studios, which became Fox Studios.  Over time, portion of their land was sold and subdivided.  The reason this happened was, because 20th Century Fox had some movies, well let’s just say did not generate enough traction with the movie watching community and because of this, the Studio decided to sell off the “back lot of the studio”.

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Hence in the early 1960’s the 187-acre Back Lot was replaced with fantastic Luxury high-rise condominiums, that were erected. Then followed by some gated communities with resort style settings of parks, pools and tennis courts to name a few.

Ultimately, Century City which is less than a square mile of Los Angeles, became virtually a second Downtown for Los Angeles. As most of you who are not local have seen the aerial photos of Los Angeles and it is a very sprawling city encompassing of over sixty square miles.

The population is very affluent and it tends to attract people who prefer a New York or Chicago Urban Style living over a suburban life style.

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Westwood, on the other hand has more of a residential neighborhood feel and of course UCLA comprises a large portion of it, including Westwood Village. This area was planned out in the late 1920’s, hence it consists of super affluent homes on the north. In those days on the east and south they planned for more modest apartments as well as homes.

As demand increased, the Wilshire Corridor became the precursor of the Century City High-rise Condominiums and some of the Apartments went through a conversion process to feed the high demand for less expensive Condominiums. Now of course the Wilshire corridor is affectionately called “cement mile “and is virtually connected to Century City and is in high demand.

The demand of course is due to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean as well as Beverly Hills to name a few. Westwood sits on a four square mile parcel compared to Century  City.

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for this Central City lesson. This is great information to share with families moving to the area.

Jan 18, 2017 05:44 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Endre -- a nice look at Century City and Westwood --- some many things that are similar between the two areas yet so different at the same time.  

Jan 18, 2017 07:16 AM #11
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
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Endre,

 I remembered that is where we met you guys because I believe both Diane and Linda work in Century City. They do live close to Santa Monica pier well close comparatively speaking we were there in minutes!

Jan 18, 2017 01:30 PM #12
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Endre, this is a whole 'nother world to me!! You make ridiculously tall squarish buildings sound, well...interesting to this tree-hugging gal. I love the historical piece to it as well. 

Jan 18, 2017 02:31 PM #13
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Debbie Laity
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I learned something new today. I had no idea about these communities and how they were preceived. Thanks for sharing this information, Endre. 

Jan 18, 2017 04:10 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Grant Schneider  the Lease building is walking distance to Beverly Hills and it used to be the Fox Sports complex, which they torn down....Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:49 PM #15
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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George Souto  they truly are, you can see all the way to Griffith Observatory on direction the other direction the mountains and the pacific ocean...Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:50 PM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington  just let me know in advance and between me and not want to speak for Michael Jacobs  we can have you catch up in no time:) Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:52 PM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Ed Silva  lack of interest or a deep seated dislike for the left coast?:) Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:52 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar  maybe Mateo's on Westwood Blvd, where Dean Martin and the gang used to hang out? Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:56 PM #19
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Roy Kelley  Century City is now even more upscale than a few years ago and there are a few more Luxury Complexes in the works that will be on line in the next couple of years...Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:58 PM #20
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Michael Jacobs  yes indeed and what is interesting that for our Multiple Listing Service they are both thrown together into area #5, Endre

Jan 18, 2017 09:59 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  indeed Linda & Diane work in Century City, now Linda lives in Westwood and that is about three miles  or less to the Santa Monica Pier...Endre

Jan 18, 2017 10:01 PM #22
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  a few years back did a post about "The Century" least expensive unit in that high-rise starts around $2.5million and it goes up to $25million... I will have to search for it and send you a link:)) Endre

Jan 18, 2017 10:03 PM #23
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Endre Barath, Jr. - I noticed that the sign on your one photo says "residences for lease". Nowadays when higher end condos are advertised, they have become "residences". Same here in Honolulu.

Jan 18, 2017 10:46 PM #24
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debbie Laity  glad you liked it, Endre

Jan 18, 2017 10:49 PM #25
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell  property is barely being completed and the process is starting:) walking distance to the unfinished Waldorf Astoria, walking distance to the 'in process" of updating the Westfield Mall, walking distance to Beverly Hills and the Peninsula Hotel... yes they will be luxury priced leases:))Endre

Jan 18, 2017 10:52 PM #26
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There are many places on the other side that I want to visit, but LA is very low on the list in spite of you being there

Jan 19, 2017 05:06 AM #27
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Endre that may have been it, it was a long time ago and the name may have changed but that sounds familiar.

Jan 19, 2017 06:06 AM #28
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Endre, well there are some very LARGE and TALL buildings in LA. Thanks for the history on this area.  Excellent post on your desirable communities... But, I prefer my rural communities and my mountains.

Jan 19, 2017 04:59 PM #29
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