An affluent neighborhood and commercial hub bordered by Santa Monica to the west, the 405 Freeway to the east, Wilshire Boulevard to the north, and the Santa Monica Freeway to the south. West L.A. is a city of high-rise office buildings surrounded by neighborhoods of single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings. As a hub for fine arts, music, live theatre, film, educational activities, retail and dining, the Westside is also home to many world-renowned museums, concert halls, playhouses and movie theaters, as well as a wealth of great restaurants and shopping destinations.
The Westside is also home to some of the most prominent medical facilities in the region and offers an impressive cross-section of highly trained professionals with state-of-the-art technology at their disposal. The range of health care services in the area includes doctors of all specialties, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, spa technicians and much more.
Education is also important in the Greater West LA area and is served by several fine universities, including the world-renowned University of California, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles College, Mt. St. Mary's University, California Graduate Institute and Concord Law School. The area also features several notable private schools, including Notre Dame Academy, a fully-accredited college prep school for young women.
The Westside is a veritable treasure trove of great shops and restaurants. Westside Pavilion, Westwood Village and Brentwood Country Market are three notable retail centers, featuring a wide array of specialty stores. Some of the city's finest restaurants can be found on the Westside encompassing just about every imaginable style of cuisine, including Persian, Indian, Japanese, Cuban, Italian, Mexican and California Grill.