Westwood Village can feel like a self-contained suburb, thanks to its eponymous shopping center. Yes, if you want fine dining or nightlife, you have to go elsewhere. But if you want a convenient commuter community that has ample shopping and is just a short trip to more hip neighborhoods, Westwood Village is rather perfect. As a transit hub, it’s easy to get south, north and to downtown by bus. This and the commercial heart of it encourage the development of apartments, but many streets around this nucleus and the nearby Roxhill Park are lined with charming classic homes that are totally quiet after dark.