Brentwood has a low-keyed ambiance all its own. Located west of the 405 Freeway, its main commercial street is San Vicente Blvd. Friends and families gather there to casually shop, market, checkout the public library, pick up a Mocha Frost or sit down for a meal. The area continues to grow, with the conversion of apartments and the construction of new condominiums projects.
Similarly, many of the single family homes located north and south of San Vicente and Sunset Blvds. have undergone transformations. Traditionally Brentwood homes have a warm country feeling: hardwood floors, French doors, a large fireplace in the family room, beautiful flowers in the garden and the almost mandatory Californian swimming pool and barbecue. Renovations and new construction trend toward grander Mediterranean and Architectural styles, while maintaining the indoor / outdoor sensibility. The wonderful picturesque estates of Brentwood Park epitomize the best of Brentwood real estate.
Lower Mandeville Canyon has a rural feel; upper Mandeville has views; and a few sections in Brentwood are permitted for horses.
The gated community off of Mandeville Canyon, Brentwood Country Estates, is another example of high-end country living, which combines city, mountain, and ocean views all in one.
One of the landmarks is the Brentwood Country Mart located at 26th Street and San Vicente Blvd. Once an early farmers´ market with a big red barn facade, today it is a collection of quaint shops and restaurants. Close by is the Brentwood Country Club which encompasses an 18-hole golf course and numerous tennis courts. Brentwood Village which is just south of Sunset is another area where the locals shop and dine.