From my experience this place does an excellent job in whatever it does. The place is a little more expensive than others but it shows in their work. Also, the mechanics don't try to charge you with a bunch of things you don't need but actually offer less expensive alternatives when there are some. Definitely go here if you want the work done right the first time.
This elementary school has an excellent faculty, reputable CAT scores and a decent playground. It also has a great magnet program comparable to that of nearby Balboa's. If you are trying to set your child on a track to college, Vintage Elementary is a great place to start.
Hazeltine is located is a run down school with a great faculty, well, most of them anyway. The teachers that I've encoutered have been friendly, knowledgeable, caring, and empathetic. However, the facilities of the school and the lack of good after school programs weigh heavily on my decision to not give a recommendation for this school. The school needs remodeling and new textbooks.
One of the few museums in Los Angeles that you will actually enjoy taking your kids to. There are fun and interactive games that include racing cars and every exhibit has an explanation that non science savvy people can understand. It's a great way to spend a weekend afternoon at since it is normally not very crowded at anytime. The best part of the whole place is the giant double helix DNA strand that expands and contracts slowly in the background while you are exploring the museum.
Club California is a wonderful place to live if you are looking to rent in an apartment complex with lots and lots of resources at your disposal. The building includes a great gym with modern exercise equipment, a small dance room with mirrors, a party room that you can reserve, a pool, a Jacuzzi, and babeques! However, at 2400 and up per apartment you are paying about 100 dollars more than you would for a larger apartment in the same area.
If you love to stalk celebrities then this is definitely the place to go. Movie premieres are held here on a regular basis and celbrities such as Tom Cruise, Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman, and many more have graced the red carpet here in Westwood. In addition, this is also a great place to go as it offers an expansive screen in a giant auditorium that immerses you in the movie going experiences. If you love movies and celebrities and don't care much for the opulence of the lobby, then this is the place to go.
Unless you are sitting in one of the main theatres, I do not recommend this theater. The side theaters that show 2 or 3 week old movies are tiny. However it is located in a fantastic mall where you can find lots to eat and lots of extremely nice (if not a little overpriced) gifts and clothes in the surrounding Beverly Hillseque stores.
Nobel has a great honors program and is located in a great neighborhood. The school is one of the only ones in Los Angeles that is not fenced off like a prison. Also, the teachers her are AMAZING. I still remember most of my teachers. The school prepares you very well for high school and college as I only got mediocre grades at Nobel, but went to Wilson High School and got straight A's for 4 years there. The campus is beautiful and the staff are extremely friendly (depending on who you run into of course).
The great thing about Wilson High is that there is a tremendous amount of resources located within and immediately surrounding the school. The school is located in a great neighborhood across the street from the park and only a few blocks away from the Belmont Shore swimming pools and the beach. However, the number of good, quality teachers is few and far between. This is not to say that you won't be able to get into a good college however. Wilson is notorious for grade inflation as well as offering a wide variety of AP courses (which are easy to get an A in, but do not prepare you well enough to take the actual test. Overall, I recommend Wilson if you are looking for a decent school with resume building programs in a great neighborhood.
The Armand Hammer is in no way a world class museum, but it does have it's moments. Sometimes I question the motivation of its curators with exhibitions featuring plastic breadfaces and entire walls of scrap wood, but sometimes they make tasteful decisions by exhibiting some of the best works by artist in Los Angeles. Plus their in- house restaurant Joan's on Third is fantastic if a bit pricey.
PROS: Free for Students
CONS: Questionable Exhibition choices