Gone are the days when airplane noise defined the neighborhood. Most of the sounds you’ll hear now are construction and remodeling work being done and people hanging out on the patios of Chalet Edelweiss or The Coffee Co. Dining at restaurants like Truxton’s American Bistro or Ayara Thai Cuisine are experiences to remember.
Most apartments for rent in Westchester are getting an upgrade, and new construction may make the neighborhood feel a little less spacious. When you’re looking for an apartment for rent in Westchester, you may still be able to find an occasional bargain, but most of the cheaper units will be those that haven’t yet been updated. Most landlords here are already aware of the increasing demand and will price apartments accordingly.
Like most of the Los Angeles area, it will be nearly impossible to get by without a car in Westchester. Limited public transportation does exist, such as the buses and Green Line light rail that go to LAX. A new light-rail route called LAX/Crenshaw will connect the southwestern Los Angeles suburbs and will have a station at Westchester, but isn’t expected to be fully up and running until 2019. Until then, you’ll probably find it much easier to drive—and you definitely don’t want to walk. Convenient access to major highways like the 405 and 10 make this a very commuter-friendly location.
As more people move to Westchester, the once-quiet nightlife scene is now thriving. Cinco is a Mexican restaurant (pro tip: try the mole) with great margaritas where you’ll love to hang out. Game Sports Bar Restaurant & Lounge is a sports bar with a DJ and occasional live music where you and your friends will have a great time. Heads up that G|S, as it’s called, prefers a 30+ crowd, so this is not where you’ll find a bunch of college kids.
This is Southern California, land of beautiful weather year-round, so it’s not surprising that you’ll have plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Kids will love the Carl E. Nielsen Youth Park or enjoy bringing out their skateboards at the Westchester Skate Plaza. The skate plaza is actually part of the Westchester Park, where you’ll also find tennis courts, playground equipment for the little kiddies and trails for a nice stroll.
When you’re ready to look for an apartment for rent in Westchester, be prepared that it may take a little while to find the right one. While the rental market here isn’t so competitive that you’ll be on waiting lists for months, you should be aware that most apartments could be described as having premium amenities with prices to match. Since Westchester is under a major renovation period, most apartments will have luxury features including stainless steel appliances, upscale countertops and laminate or wood-look flooring.
Most apartment buildings will allow you to bring along a dog or cat (or two!) although you may have to pay extra deposits. The closest dog parks you’ll find are in nearby Playa Vista, a suburb that’s just on the northern edge of Westchester and is a rapidly growing area in its own right.
Westchester has a great location, especially if you work for one of the new tech start-ups in the area or regularly need to fly out of the city. With colleges, beaches, and lots of low-key entertainment, Westchester is a great place to call home.