Learn About Brentwood, CA
Los Angeles isn’t just the sparkling lights of Hollywood and the beautiful beaches that stretch for miles and miles (even though that alone is a reason to visit here). It is also home to almost 4 million people, and the county of Los Angeles with over 10 million residents is considered to be one of the most populated counties in the nation. Because of our vast and diverse population, we have many neighborhoods in which all of these people live. One of these neighborhoods is Brentwood.
Home to many celebrities, Brentwood is located in West Los Angeles near Santa Monica. It is one of the smaller cities in LA and only has a population of just over 30,000 people. One of the more popular attractions in Brentwood is the Country Mart that opened in 1948. This 30,000 square foot market has a variety of restaurants and retail stores. Additionally, Brentwood is also the site that, at the time, one of the worst fires in the nation occurred in 1961. Many people lost everything in the fire that raged for over 12 hours. Firefighters even used water from backyard pools to help douse the flames. The fire destroyed more than 484 homes and 190 other structures and caused an estimated $30 million in damage.
In recent years, Brentwood is probably best known as the site of the OJ Simpson murder case. In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson (OJ’s Simpsons ex- wife) and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death in her home in Brentwood. OJ was accused and eventually acquitted of this horrible murder. The drawn out case had American’s glued to their television sets to see what the outcome would be. One of Mr. Simpson’s lawyers was the late Robert Kardashian, who was father to Kourtney, Kim, Klohe and Rob Kardashian of “The Kardashians” TV fame. If you take our Haunted Hollywood Tour, you will see important landmarks from this case.
Brentwood is actually a very popular place for celebrities to live as well. With beautiful properties and gated homes, it offers the privacy that many celebrities crave. Besides the Simpsons, other notable residents of Brentwood have included James Garner, Tom Brady & Giselle Bundchen, Joan Crawford, Mickey Cohen, Robert Taylor, Arnold Schwarznegger & Maria Shriver, Marilyn Monroe (whose home is shown above), Bea Arthur and many others. It is also where Jennifer Garner and, up until recently Ben Affleck, have called home right down the street from Conan O’Brien.
You can visit Brentwood and many other amazing sites and neighborhoods when you tour with us. Call us at 800-549-6625, to book your next tour!