Welcome to the area information section for Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and surrounding Los Angeles County areas. When considering what home to buy, the community can be as important a consideration as the real estate itself. This section should help you learn more about our beautiful community and all it has to offer.
Bel Air is an affluent faux gated residential community in the hills of the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills it forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods. Bel Air is a wealthy and luxurious faux-gated community located on the Westside of Los Angeles. Along with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, they form the “Platinum Triangle.” The homes and estates in this area are considered some of the most expensive and exclusive in all of the United States, and are often “the homes of the rich and famous.” Of several entrances, there are two main ones: the East Gate at Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevards, and the West Gate at Bellagio Road and Sunset Boulevard opposite an entrance to U.C.L.A. Bel Air is generally subdivided into three distinct neighborhoods: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air and Upper Bel Air. Bel Air was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo E. Bell Sr, with strict ordinances regarding architectural style, landscaping, and lot sizes, no pedestrian walkways, and no multi-family dwellings. Home of late President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan on St. Cloud.
In 1900 Burton Green purchased land and formed the Rodeo Land and Water Company. Eventually, they renamed the land Beverly Hills after the rolling hills in Beverly, Massachusetts. The Greens hired landscape designer F. Olmstead, who created wide curvy streets. The first streets were Rodeo, Canon, Crescent, Carmelita, Elevado, and Lomitas. The Beverly Hills Hotel was built in 1912.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were among the first movie stars to come to BH. They built Pickfair in 1919. Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, John Barrymore, Harold Lloyd, Jack Warner, and Rudolf Valentino all lived in BH at one time.
After World War II Beverly Hills continued to grow. “The Golden Triangle" with Rodeo Drive as the centerpiece became the ultimate shopping destination.
Today Beverly Hills is an internationally known and distinctive city with luxurious residences, hotels, and restaurants.
Beverly Hills Post Office
Beverly Hills Post Office is an area located North of Beverly Hills. The residents enjoy the Beverly Hills Postal System and the glamorous 90210 zip code, even thought their property is located in the City of Los Angeles. Many celebrities call BHPO home because it offers additional privacy and larger lots. Beverly Park and The Summit are the most well-known gated communities in the area.
Brentwood is located just off a stretch of Sunset Boulevard west of the 405 Freeway, Brentwood is among the most desirable high end neighborhoods in Los Angeles and sees its fair share of celebrity homeowners. It is another high-end community catering to Los Angeles' rich and famous. Like it's counterpart Bel Air, this neighborhood is a magnet for those seeking elite real estate and is defined by the cumulative wealth of its existing residents. Several smaller districts make up the larger Brentwood area including, but not limited to, Brentwood Park, Brentwood Flats, Brentwood Glen, Mountaingate, and Bundy Canyon.
Well-manicured golf courses are a particular attraction of the area as well. Boasting quality greens and links that entice the casual member and pros alike. As part of its park and recreation initiative, the city also takes great care to ensure the vibrancy of the community's natural resources. It is equally important that summer-long events such as Starry Nights, which includes car shows, plays, movie screenings, and musical performances, are open and enjoyed by all.
A steadfast dedication and pursuit of the preservation of the arts also greatly speaks volumes about the nature of life in Brentwood. Once the beauty of the natural resources has sunk in, take a trip to the local independent bookstore or drop into the local grocery store for a chance encounter with a star or two as you sort through the week's shopping list. Brentwood Village should also be able to fulfill whatever shopping
Located west of the 405 Freeway, Brentwood is among the most desirable high end neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Pacific Ocean just four miles from the heart of Brentwood. Beautifully landscaped with a “laid back” country feeling, it is home to The J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, The Skirball Cultural Center, Mount Saint Mary’ College, Brentwood Country Club and the Brentwood Country Mart. Brentwood’s zip code 90049 is distinguished and the area is known for the trendy shops and restaurants along the coral tree lined San Vicente Boulevard.
Century City is a 176-Acre commercial and residential area on the Westside of Los Angeles, bounded by Westwood on the West, Rancho Park on the Southwest, Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood on the Southeast, and the city of Beverly Hills on the Northeast. Century City is an important high-rise business center which is home to many law firms and money-management firms. The Westfield mall is an important shopping destination.
Cheviot Hills is a neighborhood known for traditional single family homes between Century City, the 10 Freeway, Westwood and Beverly Hills. Originally part of a Spanish land grant, Cheviot Hills is named after the rolling hills area between Scotland and England. The homes were originally built in the 40’s and 50’s. Cheviot Hills is just South of 20th Century Fox studios, and enjoys a large public park with tennis courts and an18-hole golf course.
Beverlywood is a large residential neighborhood located West of Cheviot Hills, North of Culver City, East of Robertson Blvd, and North of Pico Blvd. Simon Weisenthal Museum was created to remember the Holocaust and this famous museum is blocks from Beverlywood. Beverlywood has a homeowner’s association that maintains the common areas and still has covenants and conditions that have to be adhered to by its residents. Beverlywood is adjacent to Beverly Hills and close to the 10 Freeway.
Downtown Los Angeles
Currently undergoing a tremendous transformation, Downtown Los Angeles boasts a fabulous mixture of historic buildings and state-of-the art construction. Today, many historic structures have been converted into lofts, and major construction projects are underway. All designed to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles, these projects have brought a wave of new restaurants, shopping, entertainment and residential opportunities to the area. Thanks to this surge, the area is now a place to eat, work, play and sleep.
Since the early 1900s, Echo Park has been known to attract the creative, underground, independent, and iconoclastic elements of society. The vast majority of Echo Park’s population used to be Latino, primarily Mexican and Mexican-American. In the past 10 years, however, the overflow from its trendy neighbor, Silver Lake, has radically changed the demographics of the area. Artists, actors and musicians have been drawn to the neighborhood by its alternative feel. Many small independent boutiques and coffee shops have blossomed along the northern-most part of Echo Park Boulevard. The historic Angelino Heights neighborhood is also located in Echo Park and was originally developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s for Los Angeles’ banking community, which operated in nearby downtown Los Angeles. You will find some of the city’s most pristine examples of Victorian architecture in Angelino Heights.
Developed in the 1920s, by the Hancock family, Hancock Park owes its name to developer-philanthropist G. Allan Hancock. The list of families who moved into Hancock Park’s first homes reads like a “Who’s Who” of California: Doheny, Chandler, Huntington, Van Nuys, Crocker, Banning, Newmark, Van de Kamp and Duque.
In marked contrast to most Los Angeles neighborhoods, houses in Hancock Park are set well back from the street, most power and telephone lines are buried, and fences are strongly discouraged. The area also surrounds the Wilshire Country Club. These characteristics, along with the area’s abundance of classic Los Angeles architecture, have made it one of the most desirable areas in all of Southern California ever since its development, and the average household income of its residents consistently ranks among the highest in the United States.
In 1853, a single adobe hut stood on the site that became Hollywood. For the past several years, this community has been undergoing a rapid gentrification and revitalization. In particular, the Hollywood & Highland complex, which is also the site of the Kodak Theater, has been a major catalyst for the redevelopment of the area. In addition, numerous fashionable bars, clubs and retail businesses have opened on or surrounding Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. Many older buildings have also been converted to lofts and condominiums. Hollywood is hot!
Hollywood Hills / Beachwood Canyon
Hollywood Hills is a hilly neighborhood of Los Angeles bordered by Los Feliz, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. Its geography creates breathtaking views of the city, and has resulted in extensive residential development since the 1920s. The area includes Mulholland Drive, Beachwood Canyon, Laurel Canyon, Nichols Canyon, Bronson Canyon and Mount Olympus. The most famous part of the Hollywood Hills is the area above the historic Sunset Boulevard, which is dotted with the mansions of the rich and famous. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Beachwood Canyon includes the Hollywoodland development that was originally advertised in the 1920s and is steeped in Los Angeles’ rich history. This serene neighborhood canyon features its own market, coffee shop and equestrienne stables. The best-known landmark of the hills, as well as one of the best-known landmarks of Los Angeles at large, is the Hollywood sign which is located at the top of Beachwood Canyon.
Holmby Hills is a very affluent neighborhood in West Los Angeles. It is bordered by Beverly Hills, Westwood, and Bel Air. Sunset Boulevard is the main thoroughfare for the area. Along with Bel Air and Beverly Hills, these three communities form the “Platinum Triangle.” Holmby Hills has been the home of many entertainment industry executives, including Aaron Spelling, Walt Disney, and Hugh Hefner (Playboy Mansion).
The development of Holmby Hills began when Arthur Letts, founder of the Broadway department stores, purchased 400 acres from Wolfskill farm to create an area of grandiose estates named after his English birthplace - Holdenby. After Letts died, his son-in-law, Harold Janss took over the project which was coined “the ultimate in residential estate development.” The area enjoyed large lots which were up to 4 acres. Power lines were buried to preserve the landscape and wide streets were lined with English-style lights, designed especially for Holmby Hills.
Arthur Letts Jr. built one of the first mansions in the 20’s. Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Barbra Streisand have lived in Holmby Hills.
Los Feliz sits to the north of East Hollywood, and is just south of the Santa Monica Mountains. Adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hollywood and Silver Lake, it is home to Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The homes and estates that were developed in Los Feliz were some of the earliest built in the entire Los Angeles basin. The majority of the neighborhood’s original architecture has been preserved, giving the community a rich and historic feel. Los Feliz Village is home to numerous restaurants and bars frequented by a robust mix of hipsters, scenesters and families alike.
“Malibu: A way of life” aptly describes the 21 mile strip of beautiful beachfront Pacific Coastline. A community that is famous for its celebrity residents, warm sandy beaches, film and TV locations, and relaxed lifestyle. Malibu Colony is a gated beachside area with multi-million dollar homes on small lots and known as a popular private enclave for wealthy celebrities. The Colony commands breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular coastline stretching to Palos Verdes known to Westsiders as the “Queens Necklace”. Malibu backs up to the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational area, therefore, Santa Monica is to the South and Ventura to the North. An incorporated city, that has a large, casual, and trendy shopping area at Crosscreek
Pacific Palisades is a well landscaped community situated between Brentwood, Santa Monica and Malibu. Most of the people who live in the Palisades are affluent, well educated and appreciate the small town “village like” atmosphere. There are approximately 23,000 residents and 630 businesses, yet the area still has hometown “flavor” with events and activities that bring out the residents, who are committed by their personal concern for retaining the quality of the community. The area is cooled by the ocean breezes due to the close proximity to the coastal beaches. It is home to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Riviera Country Club, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Rustic Canyon Park and several private elementary schools.
The Neighborhoods of Pacific Palisades
• The Riviera features The Riviera Country Club, a high-end country club, and streets named after various locations in the French and Italian Riviera. The neighborhood is divided into north and south sections by Sunset Boulevard. It borders Santa Monica and Brentwood.
• Rustic Canyon features post-war homes located on the former polo field of The Uplifters, the original site of The Uplifters clubhouse (now a city park) and the "cabins" developed as second homes and weekend retreats. This area is also known as Uplifter's Ranch. Located off Sunset Blvd. between The Riveria and Huntington Palisades. Above the canyon lies Will Rogers State Park.
• Huntington Palisades is close to the 'Village”, and the homes and estates have larger lots and sits above the Pacific Ocean. It is located south of Sunset Blvd and above the Pacific Coat Highway with many homes affording ocean views.
• The Alphabet Streets are north of Sunset Blvd. and are characterized by narrow flat streets. Walking distance to the “Village” The street names are named beginning with A, B, C, D, etc – now known as the Alphabet Streets.
• The Bluffs, with some homes having breathtaking ocean views, are located further out-of-town west along Sunset Boulevard and start past Palisades High School, a Charter School, and Via De La Paz. The streets extend for a long stretch between Sunset Blvd. and the Palisades Bluffs.
• Marquez Knolls a large area of middle class homes is located farther west on Sunset Blvd on the upslope and was developed beginning in the early 1950s by the Earl Lachman family. Marquez Elementary services the neighborhood along with a small shopping center on Marquez Street and Sunset Blvd.
• Palisades Highlands is an affluent community near the end of Sunset Blvd., bordering Malibu. About ten minutes away from the center of the Pacific Palisades, and the Palisades Village. The Highlands is considered its own separate community with it’s own community recreation aea.
Santa Monica is a beautiful seaside resort town with easy access to the 10 Freeway. The demand for homes has been steadily increasing over the past several decades due primarily to its proximity to the ocean, the mild climate, and that it is an incorporated city with its own school system, fire and police departments. This desirable city features the Third Street Promenade with businesses, restaurants and movie theaters and the popular Palisades Park which overlooks the ocean and is renown for its panoramic view of the Coastline. South Santa Monica is home to a busy city-owned and operated small plane airport which has two restaurants that view the flights taking off and landing.
Located East of Hollywood in the city of Los Angeles, Silver Lake is home to a wide variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic groups, but it is best known as an eclectic gathering of hipsters and the “creative class.” It is known for its bohemian vibe, mix of class levels, and neighborhood feel. It boasts some of the most famous modernist architecture in the United States. Silver Lake has its fair share of businesses, but is better known for its residential areas. In recent years the gentrification of the neighborhood has begun to intensify with the opening of many cafes, boutiques, fitness studios and restaurants. Since the 1990s, Silver Lake has been at the center of the alternative and indie rock scene in Los Angeles.
The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile 1.5 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood. It extends from West Hollywood’s eastern border with Hollywood at Crescent Heights Boulevard, to its western border with Beverly Hills at Doheny Drive. The Strip is probably the best known portion of Sunset, embracing a premier collection of boutiques, restaurants, famous rock clubs, and nightclubs—many of which are on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry, making it a popular hang-out for rock stars, movie stars and entertainers. Fancy cars, movie stars and paparazzi find themselves at home on Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, a strip along Sunset Boulevard dotted with trendy al-fresco dining, high-end boutique shopping, and world-class spas.
Venice was founded in 1905 by Abbot Kinney and is known for its world famous Venice Boardwalk which is a mecca for street performers and artists, and for Muscle Beach where body builders work out in the sand. It is an eclectic and ethically mixed beach resort consisting mostly of single family homes with some of the more expensive ones located on one of the five canals. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street offer new age shopping districts with many Internet cafes, restaurants and shops. This community borders Santa Monica to the North, Marina Del Rey to the South and Mar Vista and Culver City to the East.
West Hollywood, a city in Los Angeles County, is well-known for its nightlife, celebrity culture, and diverse atmosphere. Informally referred to as “WeHo,” it is known as a neighborly, safe environment with a diversity of residents and businesses, as well as streets that are green and walkable. West Hollywood is urban in the sense of traffic, nightlife, and general activity level, but the village component distinguishes it from adjacent cities. Although just 1.9 square miles in size, West Hollywood is one of the highest profile communities in the Los Angeles area, full of celebrities and nightlife, and due to its central location among the generally upscale communities west of downtown Los Angeles.
Westwood is an area in West Los Angeles most well-known for being the home of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Like Holmby Hills, Westwood was part of the Wolfskill farm which was purchased by Arthur Letts, founder of the Broadway departments stores, and developed by his son-in-law, Harold Janss. They began selling the newly-built homes in 1922.
Westwood is bordered by Brentwood, Bel Air, Century City, Beverly Hills, and Rancho Park. A two-mile section of one of the main thoroughfares, Wilshire Boulevard, is known as “the Wilshire Corridor,” and it is dominated by residential high-rise buildings, often with very luxurious penthouses.
Places of interest include vintage movie theaters – The Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village with its 170-foot tower, the Mann Bruin, the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery where Marilyn Monroe is buried, and the Armand Hammer art museum.