The history of Westwood is tightly intertwined with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which broke ground on its campus in 1929.


Runners are introduced to Westwood once exiting Century City on Santa Monica Blvd.


Westwood was developed on Wolfskill Ranch, a 3,000 acre parcel owned by Arthur Letts. Westwood became home to many important architectural structures from the ‘30s and ‘40s with styles ranging from Mediterranean, French Regency, and Post War Modern to name a few. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, Westwood was hotspot for the local youth. Currently, Westwood is known as a ‘student area’ due to UCLA’s location.

Westwood Village

Opened in 1929, Westwood Village is the main shopping and commercial center of Westwood. Developed by Janss Investment Company, the area opened with 34 businesses, and despite the Great Depression, had 452 in 1939. Today, Westwood Village still houses small and large shops and restaurants, although some are independently owned, most of the establishments are chain stores. Some notable buildings in Westwood Village include the Fox Theatre, the Janss Dome, the Bruin Theatre and Ralph’s Market Building. All four of these buildings have been declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments.


The second oldest of the ten University of California campuses, was founded in 1919 as the “Southern Branch” of the UC system. Currently, UCLA enrolls about 40,000 students, 29,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate students. The campus competes in student-athletics with the Pacific-12 conference as the Bruins. UCLA has captured 108 NCAA championships, more than any other university.