History of Crestview

Crestview is a friendly community outlined by the eastern boundary of La Cienega Blvd, Roberson Blvd is on the west and Pickford Street is on the north with Sawyer as the southern boundary.

crest 2crest 1It is comprised of 902 homes and is ranked the 16th most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles, according to walkscore.com.  Most of the homes in Crestview were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s by developer Elwain Steinkamp  and William T. Richardson.  Their signature stained glass windows set them apart as traditional Spanish-Mexican style homes.


Pacific Electric Railroad Car

The area was originally serviced by the Pacific Electric Railway company back in the early part of the 19th century.  The Venice Short Line was a popular tOrig Exporain which took residents to Venice and Santa Monica from the La Cienega / Venice stop.  Pacific Electric built a bridge for the train to circumvent the swampy areas during the rainy seasons, for this reason the street was named “La Cienega,” which means “the swamp” in Spanish.  In September of 1950 the railway company was pushed out of business by the new invention of the bus system and Pacific Electric was forced to shut down.  After 13 years of abandonment, the bridge was ultimately demolished, as new developments for the Santa Monica Freeway began.  A new bridge completed construction recently which once again brings light rail to our neighborhood.

Santa Monica Freeway around 1950. Venice and La Cienaga Launch Taken from the KCET library

Santa Monica Freeway

expo CC station

Now, Crestview is located just half a mile away from the Santa Monica 10 Freeway, which connects drivers to Downtown LA and the Beach cities.  Crestview is also located less than 2 miles away from the Metro Expo line with stops at La Cienega / Jefferson or the Culver City station (National /Robertson).   Riders can get to Downtown Los Angeles in less than 30 minutes.  The Expo Line is currently under construction for a Downtown Santa Monica train station, which will extend from Culver City straight to the beach.  The Metro Expo Line connects the Westside to Downtown, Hollywood, South Bay, Long Beach, Pasadena and dozens of points in between.  For more information about the Metro Expo Line visit: http://www.metro.net/projects/exposition/

Crestview is conveniently located next to large retailers such as CVS Pharmacy, Smart and Final, Fresh n’ Easy, LA Fitness, Ross Clothing Store, Baskin Robins, Toys “R” Us and much more!  It is a diverse community that is home to the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Khalsa Peace Corps, Claude Pepper Senior Citizens Center and the Robertson Branch Library.  Crestview also has access to a state of the art Olympic size indoor pool at the LACES Aquatic Center located at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies which is a highly acclaimed Senior High School.

By Sherilyn Correa

Crestview Resident and Co-President 2014