ⓘ San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica. San Vicente is the northernmost primary thoroughfare in Santa Monica. San Vicente begins at Ocean Avenue in northern Santa ..


ⓘ San Vicente Boulevard (Santa Monica)

San Vicente is the northernmost primary thoroughfare in Santa Monica. San Vicente begins at Ocean Avenue in northern Santa Monica and heads east. Continuing through Santa Monica, the route begins to curve south. San Vicente enters the city of Los Angeles at 26th Street. San Vicente becomes the central thoroughfare in downtown Brentwood, home to many restaurants and popular shops. San Vicente curves to the south at the Veterans Administration complex, intersecting Wilshire Boulevard, where it ends, becoming Federal Avenue and continuing south into West Los Angeles. The entire route carries a wide median with abundant grass and trees, and its only traffic lights between Ocean Avenue and Bundy Drive are at 7th Street and 26th Street.

Intersections with Ocean Avenue and 7th Street in Santa Monica lead down to Santa Monica Canyon and on to the Pacific Coast Highway. The intersection with 26th Street north connects with Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon. For most of its length, it runs generally parallel and south of Sunset Boulevard and north of Montana Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.


1. Features

San Vicente Boulevard is four lanes wide with a large landscaped median along its entire length, planted with ~120 large Coral trees Erythrina caffra, along its center. Those in the western section within Los Angeles, between 26th Street and Bringham Avenue, are a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The median is popular with joggers.

Other features along the boulevard include The Brentwood Country Mart at 26th and San Vicente, and the private Brentwood Country Club and golf course.

The Santa Monica and Brentwood neighborhoods north of San Vicente Boulevard often have larger properties with distinctive residences.


2. History

The Mezzaluna Trattoria, formerly located at 11750 San Vicente Boulevard, was involved in one of Los Angeles most notorious murders: the O. J. Simpson murder case. Nicole Brown Simpson was a frequent patron and had eaten there with her family on the last night of her life. Her friend Ronald Goldman, a waiter at the restaurant, was also murdered at Browns condominium that night, when he had stopped by to return the eyeglasses Browns mother had left behind at the restaurant.

15 months later, Goldmans friend and fellow Mezzaluna Trattoria waiter, Michael Nigg, was murdered in Hollywood, in a crime F. Lee Bailey described as "fishy". In separate books, Bailey and the authors of Killing Time: The First Full Investigation Into the Unsolved Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman 1996, Donald Freed and Raymond P. Briggs, have noted that the restaurant was the nexus of drug trafficking in Brentwood, and Nigg and Goldman were not the only Mezzaluna waiters who had fallen victim to foul play around that time: two others were missing, and a third had his car destroyed by fire in Corona del Mar during 1994.

The restaurants patronage suffered in the wake of the murders and the lengthy O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the establishment closed in 1997. The building now under new ownership, currently is vacant.