Welcome to Bel Air
Bel Air is one of the most exclusive addresses in the entire country. Sitting on the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, its long and winding roads roll up and down the hills. Behind the lush greenery stand discrete luxury estates. This is where you go when you want to hide behind the curtain of privacy.
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Bel Air is a Westside neighborhood, with two gates serving as the main access points: East Gate and West Gate. Surrounding communities include Beverly Glen, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks. Bel Air is a part of the so-called Platinum Triangle, along with Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills.
From Bel Air, Beverly Hills is six miles away. Downtown Los Angeles is a 30-minute drive, and LAX is 25 minutes away by car.
Established in 1923
Bel Air came to be in 1923, when Alphonzo Bell Sr. came to town. A multi-millionaire and real estate developer, he owned a farm in Santa Fe Springs and wanted to expand his portfolio. And so, he bought another property in today’s Bel Air Road.
Bell Sr. got in touch with Mark Daniels, a landscape architect. Together, they worked on a master plan and divided the ranch into large lots. His wife then entered the fray and christened the streets with Italian names.
Not long after, Bell Sr. built the Bel-Air Country Club.
The real estate market
Bel Air’s location and the exclusivity it promises continue to make it a highly sought-after address for many. The decision to divide the community into large residential lots paved the way for Bel Air to have one of the lowest population densities in Los Angeles County. Today, it has a population of under 8,000 residents.
The generous land offerings also set up the stage for sprawling estates and expansive mansions to dominate homes for sale in Bel Air. Dense shrubbery and gates hide these multi-million dollars from street view.
There is a wealth of architectural styles available in Bel Air. There are contemporary homes, stylish mid-century modern abodes, Georgian Revival estates with handsome pilasters and Palladian windows, impressive French-style mansions, and rustic villas inspired by the Mediterranean, among others. Standing alongside these pictures of luxury are more modest residences, also in a variety of designs.
The Bel Air lifestyle
Bel Air is purely residential. As you step out of the neighborhood, however, everything Los Angeles and Beverly Hills have to offer are within reach.
Dining in Bel Air
- The Bel-Air is a love letter to the community. The menu features the chef’s favorites, made with fresh produce and ingredients from local farmers markets. The result is elevated and contemporary Californian cuisine.
- Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is where Mediterranean flavors meet the California lifestyle, served in a garden setting.
- Il Segreto Ristorante along Beverly Glen Circle is aptly named; well-kept secret serving Neapolitan pizza and more.
- SHU means Sushi House Unico (unique). This stone-and-wood restaurant is critically acclaimed for their elegant take on Japanese cuisine.
- The Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge has been a beloved Westside watering hole since 1999. Enjoy modern American plates and entrees in their dark black-booth setting.
Shopping in Bel Air
Options for retail therapy are never far away from Bel Air. The Glen Center, located north of the neighborhood, has a wide selection of boutiques and restaurants (such as Il Segreto). Sunset Plaza and Downtown Santa Monica are both a short drive away from Bel Air, as is Beverly Hills and its shopping hubs.
Schools in Bel Air
Educational opportunities also come aplenty in Bel Air, which further boosts its attractiveness as a place to live. There is a great selection of both public and private schools, and then options for higher learning located nearby.
Bel Air is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). There are two public schools located inside the neighborhood: Roscomare Road Elementary and Community Magnet Charter School. As for private schools in Bel Air, there are several, including Marymount High School, Westland School, the Mirman School, and John Thomas Dye School.