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Westwood was developed on the lands of the historic 'Wolfskill Ranch', a 3,000-acre (12 km2) parcel that was purchased by Arthur Letts, the successful founder of the Broadway, and Bullock's department stores, in 1919. Upon Arthur Lett's death, his son-in-law, Harold Janss, vice president of Janss Investment Company, inherited the land and developed thearea and started advertising for new homes in1922.
The Los Angeles Times reported the news: "Westwood, the subdivision of the Wolfskill ranch, 3300 acres of scenic territory between the city and Santa Monica, is to be opened to homeseekers and investors today by the Janss Investment Company. The tract comprises approximately 1000 residential and business lots, situated west of the Los Angeles Country Club on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Rancho Country Club on Pico Boulevard."
Located in the northern
central portion of Los Angeles's Westside, Westwood is bordered by Brentwood on the west, Bel-Air on the north, Century City and Beverly
Hills on the east, West Los Angeles on the southwest,Rancho Park on the southeast, and Sawtelle on
the south and southwest. The district's boundaries are generally considered to
be Olympic Boulevard on the southeast, the city limits of Beverly Hills on the
northeast, and Sunset Boulevard on the north; its southwestern boundary is
Diego Freeway between Olympic and Wilshire boulevards, and Veteran Avenue between
Wilshire and Sunset.
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