With one of the best public school systems in Los Angeles, a disinterest in chains (could this be the one neighborhood in Los Angeles with only one Starbucks?), and a dedication to cultivating a quiet community, San Marino is small-town smart in the middle of Los Angeles’ entertainment-centered metro.
Home to railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington’s estate – now a public library and park – , San Marino still has a bit of back East old school charm and manners: in place of Barnes & Noble is the San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe, grocery boutique and takeout cafe Julienne’s idea of a hamburger is dressed in Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, and San Marino is locally famed for its decorating the St. Albans Rd.’s tall trees with Christmas lights come holiday season.
San Marino’s Location in Los Angeles
The Beverly Hills of the San Gabriel Valley, San Marino has Pasadena to its north, Glendale and Burbank to its northwest, Alhambra to its south, and El Monte and Glendora to its east. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes southwest.
San Marino warms up to 89°F on average (July-August) and San Marino chills lowest at about 43°F (December-January).
The Ventura 134 freeway runs through San Marino, turning into the 210 in San Marino’s north. In the southern part of San Marino, the 5 freeway and Pasadena 110 freeway run and connect to the San Diego 405 freeway and the Hollywood 101 freeway. Sierra Madre Blvd. and Huntington Dr. are the main streets, leading through Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel.
All four of San Marino’s public schools – including Carver Elementary, Huntington Middle, and Valentine Elementary School – are California “Blue Ribbon” schools, and San Marino High School is considered one of the best performing public schools in southern California, consistently ranking as the highest Academic Performance Index (API) scorer in California.
While Los Angeles neighborhood Westwood is famously home to UCLA’s sprawling campus and most definitely a college town, Westwood is equally a glossy business district of skyscraper offices and penthouse apartments.
With Wilshire Blvd. as its backbone, Westwood is a central district of Los Angeles, and both centered in its university fame and multi-million-dollar high-rise real estate: Westwood Village is a cozy shopping district both bustling late night while one of the safest parts of Los Angeles, Westwood Village is both In N’ Out and Nappa Valley Grille, Westwood is a few minutes west of glitzy Beverly Hills and south of hipster Sawtelle.
Westwood’s Location in Los Angeles
Centered in the northern part of west Los Angeles, Westwood has Brentwood then Santa Monica to its west, Beverly Hills and Century City to its east, Bel-Air at its north, and Sawtelle and Rancho Park at its south.
Westwood warms up to 84°F on average (July-August) and Westwood chills lowest at about 48°F (December-January).
Westwood’s main streets are Santa Monica Blvd., Wilshire Blvd., and Sunset Blvd., all of which run east/west throughout Los Angeles, and Sepulveda Blvd., which runs north/south as an alternative to the San Diego 405 freeway. Westwood’s public transportation is mainly the variety of buses that run on Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood’s main college is obviously UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), and Westwood is also home to the Pacific Western University, Concord Law School, and Bryman College. Westwood’s kindergarten through 8th grade is served by Los Angeles Unified School District.
Known for its boho-chic, Venice is a casually eclectic, sunnily artsy beach town in Los Angeles.
Stroll shopping district Abbot Kinney and window shop everything from crowded antique and vintage stores to carefully edited boutiques of high-end independent designers; walk alongside the Venice Canals and face neighboring cozy craftsman homes and shining minimalist modern houses; dine at an Asian fusion bistro or snag take-out at a homestyle Chinese hipster dive.
Live in Venice and see Los Angeles’ high-end design meet its hipster street.
Venice’s Location in the Los Angeles
14 miles west of Los Angeles proper, Venice has Santa Monica at its north, Marina del Ray at its south, Los Angeles proper at its east, and the Pacific coastline at its west.
On average, Venice reaches highs of 70°F (August-September) and chills lowest at about 51°F (December-January).
The Santa Monica 10 freeway runs near Venice, connecting to the San Diego 405 freeway, the Hollywood 101 freeway, and the Pasadena 110 freeway. Main streets in Venice include Pico Blvd. and Olympic Blvd., which run east/west through most of Los Angeles. Venice’s public transportation is supplied by Los Angeles MTA buses.
Venice is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, and schools such as Westminster Avenue Elementary School, Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, Saint Mark Elementary School, Mark Twain Middle School, and Venice High School. Organizations such as Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods offer the community youth free art education.