Situated just inland from the shoreline community of Playa del Rey, the Westchester neighborhood was not developed until the late ‘20s, when then-Loyola University built there in 1928. This created a housing demand that began to transform the agricultural area. In 1932, the location served as an Olympic equestrian site. In the late ’30s, a new tract of inexpensive local single-family homes was constructed and named Westchester. Residential development grew by leaps and bounds as the aerospace industry boomed during and after World War II and returning GIs flocked to the community.
The southwest portion of Westchester is occupied by Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to Loyola Marymount University, the community is also home to the Otis College of Art and Design. The Westchester Town Center, also known as Old Town Sepulveda, originally developed in the 1940s, is home to a wide variety of local merchants.