The West Adams district has been the home to many celebrities including Ray Charles, Joe Louis, and Hattie McDaniel, especially during the 1940s. While much of Los Angeles has moved towards modern architecture, much of West Adams’ beautiful Victorian-style villas and mansions were preserved to retell the neighborhood’s rich history and showcase its present day beauty. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, it is now a youthful, densely populated area home to many University of Souther California undergraduates and west-side transplants. With its strong community vibe and affordable rent prices, the West Adams district area remains an attractive option for habitation.
The West Adams area boasts a central location, stretching from La Brea Avenue to Figueroa Street, with the Santa Monica freeway and Jefferson Boulevard serving as West Adams’ northern and southern borders, respectively. Within walking distance is University of Southern California, the soon-to-be home of Rick Caruso’s reimagined University Village; and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a venue which for the short interim will be shared by USC and the LA Rams. Known for its diversity and sense of community, the West Adams area hosts a weekly farmer’s market where community members can actively socialize with one another. It is perhaps the region which most directly benefits from the recent grand opening of the LA Metro Expoline, which connects Santa Monica to Downtown LA with many stations peppered in and around West Adams.