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Since 2005 Jenni has been taking care of computer problems on the westside. Working out of the Venice/Marina del Rey area, we take jobs within an hour's bike ride for no traveling fee.

We've found something interesting in pretty much every neighborhood we service, and well, information wants to be shared. Please enjoy a little bit of history about the areas we serve in West LA.

Customers in or beyond Malibu, the Valley, downtown L.A., Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance and Palos Verdes Estates will be charged a travel fee. We can offer flat rates/sliding scale for specific cases. Just ask. We can also help you assess your old systems, salvage what's worth keeping and dispose of the rest for a nominal fee.

Bel Air

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 18:56

bel_air-smBel-Air - it means "good air", but really it was named after a tennis player who stuck oil in the 1920's. Now it is home to some of the most exclusive of LA's exclusive canyon gated communities.

Bel Air is generally subdivided into three distinct neighborhoods: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air, and Upper Bel Air. The largest tracts are mostly closest to Sunset, and the "new money" homes are further up in the Canyons. Add a comment

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Beverly Hills

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 18:39

beverly hills sign-smWhat can you say about Beverly Hills that has not already been said?   How about this:

It was home to one of the first raceways in Los Angeles. True that.  Add a comment

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Brentwood

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 21:03

brentwood-smMost famous since the mid 90's as the former home of OJ Simpson, Brentwood is between Santa Monica and Bel-Air. It's also adjacent to Sawtelle, one of the oldest neighborhoods in LA. While its boundries are vague, it is generally bounded by Santa Monica to the southwest, Pacific Palisades to the west, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, Bel-Air to the east, and Sawtelle to the southeast.

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Century City

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 19:04

century_city-smCentury City isn't really a city at all, rather it's a series of high-rise buildings and a shopping center built on top of the only real bedrock in that part of LA. It was the film lot for 20th-Century & Fox Studios for 50 years previous to being redeveloped in the 1970's. Add a comment
 

Culver City

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 19:27

culver-city-smCulver City was established as a westside city, but boomed when it became an alternative to Burbank and Hollywood as a film and studio /lot location. Add a comment
   

Malibu

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 20:09

malibu_sportfishing_pier_sign-smMalibu is one of the few stretches of Califonria coastline not spoiled by a beachside railway. It was spared because the former owner  of Malibu (yes, there was only one at the time) built his own personal railway, which protected his property from incursion under eminent domain via an obscure clause in the federal law governing railway-right-of-way condemnations. Add a comment
 

Mar Vista

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 20:22

MarVistaSign_smMar Vista sits in the middle of West LA, encamped in all the famous westside "cities". Add a comment
   

Marina del Rey

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 20:24

del-rey-sign-smMarina del Rey, like many things in LA, is completely artificial; only the "Mother's Beach" area of the entire marina regularly held water before construction began in 1960, and it was fed by a natural channel from which it is now disconnected. Add a comment
 

Pacific Pallisades

Pacific Palisades was built by Henry Huntington as an extension of Santa Monica, and was originally intended to be connected to the city by a large arch bridge, similar to the Colorado St. bridge in Pasadena. Add a comment
   

Palms

Another city-that-never-was, Palms eventually joined Los Angeles rather than be annexed by their rivals in Culver City. Add a comment
 

Playa del Rey

This area grew up around a long-gone inlet and it's lagoon - formerly the site of a duck hunting lodge, a luxury retreat hotel and once encircled with grandstands for viewing of then-novel "motorized boat" races. Add a comment
   

Playa Vista

Playa Vista will someday be the same sort of curiosity it's man-made neighbors Venice and Marina Del Rey are today, quirky and beautiful at the same time, curiously ridiculous shadows of dreams the men behind them. Add a comment
 

Rancho Park

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 21:12

rancho_park-smThis elite area above Culver City grew up around the country club from which it took its name. Add a comment
   

Santa Monica

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 21:13

Santa_Monica_pier-smWhen Santa Monica was established, it was literally auctioned at the block. Add a comment
 

Sawtell

Once a major train stop, this city that never quite came of age grew up around the only "Old Soldier's Home" in the western United States (and its cemetery). Add a comment
   

Venice

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 21:15

venice-smVenice was built by Abbot Kinney, a tobacco magnate, who wanted to re-create Venice, Italy in America. Add a comment
 

Westwood

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 21:14

westwood-smKnown as the home of UCLA, the Westwood area began as a few small developers speculated on a huge, rolling, grassy meadow at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains. Add a comment