The Westwood/Rancho Park station is located in the heart of the Rancho Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at the intersection of Westwood and Exposition Boulevards. The neighborhood is predominantly zoned for single-family residential use. The station area includes a vibrant commercial corridor north of the station along Pico Boulevard. Among the many retailers on Pico Boulevard is the Westside Pavilion shopping center, a regional destination for the Westside area of Los Angeles and within walking distance of the transit station. Westwood Boulevard also serves as a major north-south thoroughfare connecting UCLA, Westwood Village, Pico Boulevard and the Palms neighborhood via bus transit. The station area has a total population of approximately 22,000 with a total of roughly 12,500 jobs or 25 jobs per acre. The neighborhood also provides a number of public facilities, including Overland Elementary School for Advanced Studies, Notre Dame Academy, Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library and the Palms Recreation Center. Given the single-family nature of the station area, planning efforts around this station will likely focus on the development of a streetscape plan for the segment of the Pico Boulevard corridor that serves the neighborhood.
The station area is located within the West Los Angeles Community Plan Area and is part of the West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Specific Plan. Some properties within the station area are also encompassed in the Westwood/Pico Neighborhood Oriented District.