The densely populated Westmont neighborhood lies south of Los Angeles and west of Interstate 110. Most homes are single family units built between 1940 and 1969. Newer developments have added a few high rises and some small apartment buildings to the neighborhood. Westmont is considered an artsy, family friendly area, and the Metro Bus system connects the area to most of Los Angeles.
The neighborhood’s commercial zones are West Century Boulevard to the west and South Vermont Avenue to the east. Local eateries like Bertha’s Soul Food Café and Aunt Rosa Lee’s Mississippi Restaurant share the area with the usual fast food outlets. On the northwestern end of the neighborhood lies the Jesse Owens Park, which offers baseball/softball fields, a heated indoor pool, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, a picnic area, a gymnasium, and a computer room.
Schools in the area include Woodcrest Elementary, George Washington High, and the private Legacy Charter High School. Kiddie Tots Prep School is available for pre-schoolers. Westmont is ringed with churches, among them the Holy Defender Church of God, First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, and the Century Boulevard Church.
Less than a mile south of Westmont, the Los Angeles Southwest College sits on the West Imperial Highway. Due west via Interstate 105, the Los Angeles International Airport and Dockweller Beach State Park line the shores of the Pacific Ocean. This three mile stretch of beach offers picnic areas, restrooms, hiking paths, and sand volleyball courts. A lifeguard is on duty during day hours to keep an eye on swimmers and surfers.