World-renowned Beverly Hills was incorporated 1914 and sits in the cradle of the Los Angeles Basin, mid-point between the area’s major freeways (from north to south between the 10 and 101 and from east to west between the 405 and 101).
While known as the home to, celebrities, industrialists, and bankers did you know that Beverly Hills was once a lima bean field and to this day has an active, producing oil field underneath it?
As one might expect, average home prices in Beverly Hills are much higher than the rest of L.A. County. Compared to other cities in the region, homes in Beverly Hills cost three times more than those homes in West Hollywood or Burbank, and twice as much as homes in Santa Monica.
What’s more, if you start driving up the hillsides overlooking Beverly Hills, and digging into the adjacent enclaves -- areas like Holmby Hills, Beverly Glen, Beverly Crest, and Bel Air -- you'll find some of the priciest estates in the United States. Grand mansions with delightful gardens are common.
There are two main residential areas in the city, North of the Tracks and South of the Tracks. These district names refer to a time when the Pacific Electric streetcar line ran along Santa Monica Boulevard. They are:
The neighborhoods are comprised mostly of single family luxury homes and mansions. This area further divides into enclaves:
These neighborhoods, south of Santa Monica Boulevard, is where you’ll find single family homes and condominiums. The areas are conveniently close to small shops and big stores suitable for regular shopping and everyday errands.
To the outside world, Beverly Hills must seem like a hotbed of opulence, grand hotels, and high-end shopping. To the residents and government officials of the city, it’s a close-knit community that aims to maintain a high quality of life. Several weekly and annual events bring locals together (and folks from around L.A. County):
The commercial core of Downtown Beverly Hills is called the Golden Triangle. Rodeo Drive crosses it, lined with upscale retail stores and restaurants. Valet parking and city-owned garages (free) makes it easy to get here and stay here. Once downtown, the area is highly-walkable should you want to spread out and take advantage of all that the Golden Triangle offers.
Other major shopping areas nearby include:
The City of Beverly Hills operates several parks which serve as valuable community resources. Some are small (mini-parks), nestled within the quiet neighborhood streets, good for quick workouts or just relaxing outdoors. Some are big and offer a broad range of exercise equipment, playfields, and community centers. You'll never be too far from tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and picnic tables. Here are a couple of notable facilities:
Planning to buy or sell a home? Our Beverly Hills real estate agents would love to help! We’re the neighborhood experts who can provide the updated Beverly Hills home prices, value comparisons, sales history for any property, and information about the broader Los Angeles real estate market. We’re here to provide all the facts and figures you need to make the best decision possible. What’s more, our forte is negotiating the quickest and smoothest home sale possible.
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