Welcome to Beverly Hills
One of the country’s most iconic cities, Beverly Hills conjures to mind images of palm tree-lined boulevards, celebrity enclaves, upscale shopping at Rodeo Drive, and five-star accommodations. It represents the pinnacle of luxury living in Southern California.
- Celebrities and A-listers
- Hidden pockets of green
- Great real estate selection
- Outstanding shopping & dining
- Top schools
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Beverly Hills is part of Los Angeles County, about 25 minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles by car. The city is surrounded by Holmby Hills, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and relatively close to the Miracle Mile area. It takes roughly 25 to 30 minutes to reach LAX from Beverly Hills by car.
From lima beans to celebrity digs
Beverly Hills traces its beginnings back to the early 19th century, when Maria Rita Quinteros de Valdez settled in the area with her husband. They had approximately 4,500 acres of property, which they called Rancho Rodeo de Las Aguas.
The ranch changed hands in 1854 when the couple sold it to Benjamin Davis Wilson and Henry Hancock. They divided in the sprawling property into 75-acre parcels that were then sold. Most of these plots went to Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker, who then used the land to grow lima beans.
At the start of the 20th century, the ranch was sold to the Amalgamated Oil Company. Unsuccessful in their search for oil, they started anew as the Rodeo Land and Water Company and gave the ranch its new name: Beverly Hills. Lots were once again divided and sold, with the first home in the area built in 1907.
From then on, the progress of Beverly Hills went rapidly. Actors, film industry giants, and starlets flocked to the area. Some bought properties, others came to party and make their career.
The real estate market
One look at Beverly Hills’ housing market and a person will easily understand why it is a top choice to live for high-profile individuals.
Beverly Hills is divided into several exclusive enclaves, where one can find a fine collection of housing options. A large portion of the residential real estate consists of sprawling homes and estates, built in expansive lots that guarantee plenty of privacy and just the right amount of exclusivity.
For the architecture lover, exploring luxury homes in Beverly Hills is like opening a box of assorted chocolates. Choices range from rustic villas in the Tuscan and Spanish Colonial styles, to mansions that echo European sensibilities. You can also find fine examples of contemporary homes in Beverly Hills, designed by architects such as Paul McClean.
Neighborhoods in Beverly Hills include:
- Trousdale Estates, a hillside community famed for its mid-century modern homes.
- The Flats, where you can find the iconic palm tree-lined streets that have come to symbolize the SoCal lifestyle.
- Golden Triangle, bounded by Canon Drive, South Santa Monica Boulevard, and Wilshire Boulevard.
- South of Wilshire and South Beverly Drive lined with strings of multi-family homes. In between are trendy cafes and shops.
Living in Beverly Hills, expect to brush shoulders with Hollywood heavyweights, industry moguls, celebrities, artists, and their families.
The Beverly Hills lifestyle
Dining in Beverly Hills
- Spago by Wolfgang Puck is a Beverly Hills fine dining institution known for their Californian plates made with locally sourced ingredients. It is located along North Canon Drive.
- Mastro’s Steakhouse takes diners to a supper-club setting and serves what is touted as the best steak in all of Beverly Hills.
- Da Pasquale is the epitome of casual Italian dining with their homemade pastas freshly made every day and array of Neapolitan pizzas.
- Matsuhisa by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa remains the best Japanese restaurant in Beverly Hills. Their seafood and tasting menus are unparalleled.
- Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is the paragon of French cuisine in Beverly Hills. Here, French meets Southern California. A marriage between French food and local ingredients.
Shopping in Beverly Hills
Schools in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is served by outstanding public institutions (managed by the Beverly Hills Unified School District) and private schools.
Public schools in Beverly Hills include Beverly Vista Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, and Beverly Hills High. Meanwhile, private schools in the area include Good Shepherd Catholic School, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, and Futures Academy – Beverly Hills.