West Adams is a historical residential neighborhood in South Los Angeles. It includes several distinct areas including Arlington Heights, Harvard Heights, Pico-Union, Jefferson Park, Adams-Normandie, and University Park.
The common thread among all of these areas are the wide streets and large, majestic homes, many of which were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At one point, this was one of the wealthiest parts of the city but much of the wealth moved to the westside neighborhoods of LA in subsequent decades. West Adams has been a cultural and business center for African-Americans (the singer Ray Charles had his headquarters here).
As you get closer to the University of Southern California, much of the housing is rented by students, but there are still plenty of single-family homes available. As real estate prices skyrocket around the city West Adams has become a desination for young families. This, in turn, has pushed up the cost of housing here and it's no longer unusual to see single family homes over $1 million. As West Adams gentrifies new restaurants, shops, and entertainment options are opening.
West Adams is bordered on the north by Koreatown and Westlake, on the east by Downtown LA and Historic South Central, on the south by Leimert Park, Jefferson Park, and Exposition Park, and on the west by Culver City and Mid-City.
Burbank: 14.4 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 75 minutes by transit
Century City: 7.1 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 4.9 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 11.4 miles / 30-65 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
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