Westchester Real Estate
Welcome to Westchester
“Home of the LAX” Los Angeles International Airport and a techie utopia in an urban suburban mix community.
Surrounded by bluffs, the ocean, the 405 Freeway and LAX, Westchester started out as a windswept plain in a remote corner of the Los Angeles basin. Its evolution into the site of a vast planned community — and a center of the aviation industry — is in many ways the tale of one ambitious developer and his industry-defining approach to building suburban homes.
That developer was Fritz Burns, a real estate man who came to L.A. in the 1920s and set about subdividing land in and around Playa del Rey. His success convinced him to buy out his employers, but his timing was poor: The Great Depression struck and wiped him out.
Howard Hughes had set up his aviation business in the flats below the bluffs, while Douglas Aircraft and other manufacturers had begun to cluster near Mines Field, the city’s newly christened municipal airfield. The industry was thriving, but the remote plateau was still mostly undeveloped bean fields.
Fast forward to now and Westchester has become a suburban oasis. The gently curving streets, tidy homes and well-manicured lawns of Westchester create a small-town feel just a mile or so from busy LAX. Loyola Marymount University, Otis College of Art and Design, and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet Schools are near as well. A techie utopia with close proximity to tech hubs in Venice, Playa Vista, Culver City and El Segundo make Westchester an appealing home-buying destination for technology workers.