Brentwood is an affluent neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles, California. Its 33,000+ residents are considered highly educated, and it is the home of seven private and two public schools. Originally part of a Mexican land grant, the neighborhood began its modern development in the 1880s and hosted part of the pentathlon in the 1932 Summer Olympics. Brentwood has been the home of many celebrities.
The district is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, the border of Topanga State Park on the west and Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north. As a member of a group of nearby neighborhoods that are affluent and attractive, it is known as one of the “Three Bs”, along with Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
Seventy percent of Brentwood residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for the city and the county. The percentages of residents in that age range with a bachelor’s degree or greater were high for the county. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates public schools.