Brentwood is a lovely, affluent residential neighborhood bordered by Pacific Palisades to the west and Bel-Air/Beverly Hills to the east. Homes and yards are beautifully maintained and range from opulent, north of San Vicente, to luxury condos and modest homes, closer to Wilshire. The quiet, clean and safe character speaks to the pride young professionals and families take in their neighborhood. The area also has great access to some of the best shopping and dining in LA, ideal for taking time to stroll and meet neighbors. San Vicente, one of the most beautiful thoroughfares in the city, is more than a main traffic artery. Situated beneath a canopy of coral trees (the official tree of Los Angeles), it has a wide green median and a well-maintained bike path, used by bikers, joggers, and walkers, that leads all the way to the beach. This lush and verdant boulevard is also the location for the popular Brentwood Art Show twice a year.
Just to the north, Mandeville Canyon offers a variety of outdoor activities. Founded in the 1920s as a botanical research garden for UCLA, it offers hiking and horseback riding in a rural atmosphere minutes away from the city. The prestigious, beautiful and private Brentwood Country Club offers tennis, golf and elegant venues for social gatherings. The Brentwood Recreational Center is widely used for a variety of sports, clubs and art.
Along Brentwood’s leafy streets, lined by long driveways, lavishly-landscaped front lawns, and stone and marbled facades – along with tour buses hoping to glimpse someone famous. Plenty of famous people do live in this neighborhood, but rarely are they seen by the paparazzi, and residents respect their privacy. In fact, no one would be so crass as to even notice a movie star – should one actually appear in public, rare even in this protected enclave.
Brentwood is among L.A’s most affluent neighborhoods, with an average home price of $2 million as of this writing. Spanning the area between the 405 Freeway and the base of the Santa Monica Mountains to the west, and from Mulholland Drive in the north to Westwood Blvd. at its south end, Brentwood is protected from the sketchier parts of town by its upscale neighbors: tony Pacific Palisades, hip Westwood, and hipper Santa Monica. Sunset Blvd. runs right through its heart, with the most sumptuous mansions on the winding streets to its north.
The area includes several retail centers, including the quaint Brentwood Country Mart on the corner of Vicente Blvd. and 26th Ave., and several shops, grocery stores, and professional buildings also on Vicente, between Bundy and Federal Ave. on the way to Westwood. Another popular destination, especially with the coffee drinkers set, is the Brentwood Village, located at Sunset and Barrington. On Sundays from 9am to 2:30pm, don’t miss the Brentwood Village Farmers Market located on Gretna Green Way just off San Vicente.
Archer School For Girls
Archer was founded in 1995 by three women, Megan Callaway, Victoria Shorr, and Dr. Diana Meehan, all graduates of girls’ schools and all parents of daughters who were about to enter middle school. Informed by current research on the clear benefits of single-sex education for girls and guided by their founding principles of innovation, community, and diversity, Archer originally opened in a converted Pacific Palisades dance studio with just over 30 sixth and seventh grade students.
Almost two decades later, Archer’s tremendous growth to 480 students on a seven-acre historic Sunset Boulevard campus is a testament to our role as a model of the renaissance of girls’ schools. The founders’ basic premise – that girls thrive in a learning environment of their own – is now playing out across the country: since the school was founded, over 25 girls’ schools have been founded in the United States.
In its relatively short history, Brentwood School has grown to be one of the premier independent day schools in Southern California. Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed since 1902.
Brentwood School opened in the fall of 1972 as a co-educational, college preparatory day school with grades 6-10. Grade 11 was added in fall 1973, and the school graduated its first senior class in June 1975.
Visions Day School
In 2002, Visions’ Founder Chris Shumow began his mission of creating an adolescent program that provided cutting edge mental health, substance abuse and family treatment. Since its inception, he has advocated for the family in its entirety. This founder driven center has set the standard for adolescent treatment amongst industry professionals with its clinical acumen and attention to specialized services.
Chris acknowledged the success of Visions would correlate to the strength and unity of his clinical team. He places great value on collaborating with service providers who share the same passion for adolescents and their families. Since opening, Visions has maintained original founding clinicians while adding several dynamic team members with continued program growth.