Real Estate in Bel-Air and Holmby Hills
Known for elegant architecture and mature landscapes, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills are two of the world’s most exclusive neighborhoods and make up two-thirds of the Platinum Triangle. Bel Air’s rolling hills and tall, verdant hedges provide residents privacy, while the neighborhood’s quiet and hidden location offers respite from the commotion of the city. Similarly, Holmby Hills is known for its elegant homes set on sprawling lots with lush, rolling landscapes. The neighborhoods are home to the most eminent names in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
North of Beverly Hills, with Holmby Hills to the East, and Sunset Boulevard to the South, Bel Air is widely considered an oasis in the heart of the city. Founded in the 1920s by Alphonzo Bell, founder of the Bel Air Bay Club, and the George Thomas designed Bel Air Country Club, few neighbourhoods in the world can compare to the grandeur and prestige of Bel-Air.
The development of Holmby Hills began when Arthur Letts, Sr., founder of Broadway department stores, purchased 400 acres of the original Wolfskill Ranch at just $100 an acre. He called the development “Holmby Hills.” Zoning for the community, which straddles Sunset Boulevard, was designed to accommodate lot sizes up to 4 acres, and street names served as an ode to Britain—Devon, Charing Cross, Conway, etc. In the 1920s, English-style streetlamps were added specifically for the neighborhood, and after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the grand mansions synonymous with Holmby Hills began to go up.
Residents of both Bel-Air and Holmby Hills include a mix of storied Los Angeles families, artists, creatives, executives and international elite from Jimmy Iovine and Hugh Hefner to Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand to Michael Jackson and Sonny and Cher. Aside from housing some of the nation’s most private, extraordinary estates, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills real estate is desirable for its proximity to some of the world’s most exclusive private country clubs.
Bel-Air is home to several elite schools, including Marymount High School, an all-girls independent Catholic high school, John Thomas Dye School, an independent elementary school, and Community Magnet Charter School, a National Blue Ribbon school. Holmby Hills is home to Harvard Westlake, one of the most exclusive preparatory schools in Southern California.
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