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It is named after the 19th century Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela, whose site of former ranchlands it passes through.
The street runs primarily north/south, with a southern east/west section.
Centinela Avenue is not a continuous street but is separated into two parts, the northern and southern sections, with a jog connected by Ocean Park Boulevard.
The northern section of Centinela Avenue is a minor two lane street. It begins near the Brentwood Country Club in Brentwood, Los Angeles. It proceeds south, ending at Ocean Park Boulevard and the Santa Monica Airport, a block west of the southern section of Centinela Avenue. It is the official dividing line between the cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
The southern section of Centinela Avenue is a four lane major thoroughfare. It starts off as Bundy Drive at Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, passing through West Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Airport, where at Ocean Park Boulevard its name changes to Centinela Avenue.
At its intersection with Jefferson Boulevard, Centinela Avenue angles southeastward to become an east/west street. It runs parallel to/on the south of Slauson Avenue. Centinela Avenue ends at the intersection with Florence Avenue in Inglewood. Centinela Park and Centinela Regional Medical Center are located here.
Nicole Brown Simpson lived at 875 South Bundy Drive with her and O.J. Simpson's children, Sydney and Justin, at the time Nicole and Ron Goldman were murdered in the courtyard of that address, on June 12, 1994. The house sat empty for two years, until the next owner extensively remodelled it and had the address changed to 879 South Bundy Drive.
- (it had an earlier designation of Cambridge St.)
- Margolick, David (July 25, 1995). "Simpson Expert Supports Conspiracy-Theory Defense". The New York Times. Los Angeles, CA.
- Siegel, Jessica (June 13, 1995). "Gawkers Flock To Crime Scene On Bundy Avenue 1 Year Later". Chicago Tribune. Brentwood, CA.
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- "Lingering questions from the O.J. Simpson chase". The Orange County Register. June 16, 2014.
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