The Brentwood Country Mart is at its zenith. Reclaimed several years ago, the iconic Mart anchors the residential communities between Brentwood and Santa Monica. It’s now fully equipped with high-end shops like James Perse, Kendall Conrad, Botany, Diesel Books — and a smart combination of eateries such as the generational favorite Reddi-Chick, as well as Fridas for great tacos, The Farmshop , Café Luxxe and the Sweet Rose Creamery.
The Courtyard is packed with families and friends meeting up for a quick lunch or early dinner. On warm evenings, the Sweet Rose Creamery has lines out the door with folks waiting for a Salted Carmel or an ice cream sandwich. The casual gourmet Farmshop is the place to go for power lunches and dinner with your “thinktank.”
Much to the chagrin of the neighbors, the Brentwood Country Mart is now so famous as to have become a point of interest for the sightseers on the double decker Starline Tour bus. However, they appear to only drive by, keeping the inner sanctum seemingly undisturbed.
What other effects has the Brentwood Country Mart had to the neighborhood? Residential real estate values South of San Vicente Boulevard in the surrounding blocks of the Mart (especially Burlingame Avenue and Moreno Avenue) have reached record prices. A $3 million tear-down can become a $9-million-plus estate within a year.
And there are still lovely original homes that grace the stately sidewalks with old world lampposts. The lot sizes lend themselves to the needs of affluent Westside buyers who want the big house with pool, media room, while keeping the elusive grass for their kids to run around. All in all, as the Brentwood neighborhood has flourished, so too has the Brentwood Country Mart.
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