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Everything You Need to Know About Living in Westchester

by Rebekah Bell


While it may not be quite as well known as L.A. neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Westchester is a great choice for anyone looking for a small-town feel in the big city. Best known as the home of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Westchester has plenty for residents to see, do and experience. Whether you’re a long-time local looking for new places to frequent or a potential buyer thinking about putting down roots, consider this your go-to guide for everything you need to know about living in Westchester.

Living Arrangements

With a population of just over 41,000, Westchester offers a more laid-back pace of life than nearby communities like Marina del Rey and Silicon Beach. The average age of residents is 35, which means the community is home to plenty of recent college grads, working professionals and families. Whether you’re a recent college grad looking for a cozy apartment that will serve as your first home away from home or a young professional searching for a starter home, you can easily find a place that matches your preferences. 


No matter where you live, you’ll be within easy driving distance of L.A.’s greatest attractions. Bonus points: You’ll never have to worry about missing your next flight since the airport is just minutes away.


Downtown Westchester is home to plenty of places that are well worth a visit. Start by visiting the large chalk billboard that encourages the public to write down how they channel their creativity. Next, head to Soundsations Records to get your vinyl fix before going to Westchester Recreation Center to take advantage of the seasonal swimming pool, sports fields and skate park. 


If you’re looking for a great place to go jogging or hiking, check out Bluff Trail Park. And if you’re in the mood for a beach trip, we recommend driving to nearby Dockweiler Beach or Playa del Rey Beach to enjoy a leisurely picnic, swim or sunbathing session.

Culinary Scene

While there are plenty of standout restaurants in downtown Los Angeles, you don’t have to go that far to enjoy mouthwatering cuisine and enviable cocktails. If you’re in the mood for Thai dishes, head to Ayara Thai Cuisine for tom yum soup, pad see ew and more. For some of the best ramen in the neighborhood, head to The Ramen Joint for steaming bowls of homemade broth and noodles. 


If you’re craving something healthy, opt for a superfood or poke bowl from Sustainabowl. Of course, we can’t forget the ever-popular In N Out, which has a perpetually long line of vehicles at all hours thanks to its proximity to LAX.

Making the Move to Westchester

If you’re thinking of making the move to Westchester, contact the Suarez Team today! As experienced real estate agents with an in-depth knowledge of the neighborhood, we can answer any questions you might have about moving to this community and help you find a home that is right for you.


Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.




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