Living in Los Angeles
There is no place like Los Angeles, and there is no one Los Angeles, as any Angeleno—native or transplant—will tell you. It’s an enigmatic city, filled with the complex histories, cultures, and arts of diverse people. It is energetic, creative, engaging, and beautiful.
As our nation’s second largest city, we boast gorgeous coastlines, a world-renowned entertainment industry, and a vibrant array of communities that have come together to offer locals and visitors alike a taste of global culture.
— Excerpt from The Daily Breeze. The full article can be found here.
Did you know LA is one of only three global cities in the US? Those who don’t know Los Angeles often imagine what they’ve seen in film, either stunning, broad beaches or dense, urban areas paved with concrete and blacktop. What’s missing in those representations are the hundreds of specific neighborhoods that Los Angelenos proudly call home, replete with city parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and unique landscapes. LA is an exciting place to live. Every neighborhood sets a different scene with something for every taste, from eclectic to trendy, from modern to retro.
You’ve probably heard about the weather, and it’s not a myth. Sunshine abounds. The temperate climate allows for year-round outdoor enjoyment—walking, hiking, swimming, bike riding, or just enjoying a good book in a local park are all daily activities in Los Angeles.
Wildwood School is located in West Los Angeles and employees live in a range of neighborhoods—all a relatively short drive to myriad cultural attractions and beautiful beaches. As you consider LA, look into Baldwin Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Leimert Park, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Palms, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Westchester, and beyond. You’ll find more information on local neighborhoods here. Transportation in LA has been made easier with LA’s Metro Rail system—depending on where you live you may not even need a car. The Wildwood middle and upper campus is conveniently located along the Metro Expo line, which stretches from Downtown to Santa Monica. And of course Uber and Lyft are great options as well.
Things to Do
No matter where you live, put a pin in a map and within five or ten miles you’ll find an expansive range of things to do, places to go, and sights to see. Visit one of the many museums—from the obscure Museum of Jurassic Technology to the impressive Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to the Getty Villa and the Getty Center. Enjoy live music and theater—the world-class Los Angeles Philharmonic has two homes, the iconic and renowned Disney Concert Hall and, during warmer months, the Hollywood Bowl. The Center Theatre Group, with three established venues downtown and in Culver City, is in good company with a range of other cutting-edge and established organizations providing live theater for every taste and every budget. Savor one of thousands of restaurants for every palate. From taco trucks to five star dining, every cuisine imaginable is available. Go to Staples Center and the Rose Bowl for sporting events and major concerts. Or just enjoy the unparalleled scenery, whether it be a drive through the mountains of Topanga, people-watching on Hollywood Blvd., or an extraordinary sunset at the Santa Monica Pier or one of the many other local beaches.Wildwood’s appealing location and national reputation draw faculty and staff members from all over the world, and our school provides a warm and welcoming community for all of its colleagues.