Hello Beverly Hills, CA!
From chic boutique to luxury hotels that are five-star, five-diamond retreats, it’s quite easy to fall in love with Beverly Hills, CA. Indulge in lavish spa treatments, world-renown shopping along infamous Rodeo Drive or catch a glimpse of a celebrity at any of the star-studded events. Funny how, those who live here, Beverly Hills is just a city that works for them. A city they call home.
Beverly Hills is in Los Angeles County, surrounded by the City of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Beverly Hills was originally settled as a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, but was incorporated in 1914 by a group of real estate investors who after failing to find oil, found water instead and decided to develop it into a town. It’s sometimes referred to as “90210”, one of its primary ZIP codes (and duh, you guessed it the TV show), it has been home to a handful of actors and celebrities throughout the 20th century.
Beverly Hills Real Estate: It’s all about…Location, Location, Location
Beverly Hills and its neighboring West Hollywood, together, are entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. More specifically, Beverly Hills is bordered on the northwest by Bel Air and the Santa Monica Mountains, on the east by West Hollywood and the Fairfax District, and on the south by the Beverlywood. The area’s “Platinum Triangle” is formed by the city of Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel Air and Holmby Hills.
In spite of the city’s name, most residents live in the “flats” of Beverly Hills, which is the relatively flat land that includes all of Beverly Hills itself. The homes located in the hillside north of Sunset Boulevard have a much higher value than the average housing price for the rest of Beverly Hills Homes for Sale.
Santa Monica Boulevard divides the “flats” into two areas, known around here as “North or South of the tracks”. This isn’t your typical reference for the “good” or “bad” side of the neighborhood. Instead it’s referring to the train tracks that were once used by the 1940s Pacific Electric streetcar line that traveled into Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills Homes for Sale south of Wilshire Boulevard tend to have more urban square and rectangular lots, generally smaller than those to the north. The most ‘affordable’ housing in Beverly Hills would be south of Wilshire Blvd, which is where there are more apartment buildings than anywhere else in Beverly Hills. This is also the area with the lowest house value for houses for sale in Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills Community
Beverly Hills is fairly easy to navigate along the main thoroughfares. You can explore the city’s treasures at your leisure, like taking in a screening at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where movie stars mix and mingle with fans. If exploring outside is more your thing, wander the manicured gardens and vast public spaces at Greystone Mansion – a historic estate with a storied past and the backdrop for countless Hollywood feature films.
Whether you’re looking for a calm and relaxed romantic weekend, a family trip no one will forget, an event to remember, or even better a place to call HOME, in Beverly Hills you will find culture, luxury and fun. It’s all there!
Things to do in Beverly Hills, CA
Restaurants & Nightlife
You can find everything from famous, Michelin-starred restaurants to quick-serve places providing easy takeout options in Beverly Hills, CA. The outstanding wealth (and quality) of restaurants means you will definitely not go hungry.
The iconic sushi restaurant Matsuhisa sits on the stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that used to be known as Restaurant Row. Also, you’re bound to run into a celebrity or two, so have your camera and autograph book ready. No matter what you order here, you can’t go wrong! Try the monkfish liver paté, the miso black cod, the halibut tiradito or the yellowtail jalapeño. For a lively yet intimate ambiance, get a chair up at the sushi bar and ask the chef to make you something special as an omakase meal.
Spago remains an iconic restaurant for those who do not mind spending half a paycheck on a great meal or who are celebrating a special occasion. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant serves up memorable choices like lobster salad, smoked salmon pizza, diver scallops with black truffles and chestnut ravioli. Living up to the restaurant’s two Michelin stars, you can expect to enjoy every bite from appetizer, to main, to desert.
Peppered throughout the main commercial district are many small restaurants serving casual food, and many of them are clustered on Beverly Drive south of Wilshire Boulevard.
The Honor Bar is lively any night of the week. Attached to the South Beverly Grill, you’ll find a fun happy hour crowd enjoying anything from a kale salad to a perfectly cooked burger. Or, unwind with a dirty martini while you enjoy the live jazz band.
In the heart of the shopping and commercial district is this Housewives of Beverly Hills favorite, Villa Blanca. Serving gourmet Mediterranean dishes in the PERFECT people watching setting – both on the street and inside the restaurant.
Buena Vista Cigar Club
Popular among locals and visitors alike, the Buena Vista Cigar Club is a Laid-back lounge offering a wide range of tobacco products for the smoking aficionados. Pop in to watch the football game or for a distilled scotch and a smoke.
Nic’s Beverly Hills
Nic’s Beverly Hills on Canon Drive mixes an electric atmosphere with wildly inventive martinis to create a uniquely alluring vibe. The crowd here is always ready to have a good evening out! Want to know a secret? Put on one of the restaurant-supplied fur coats and visit the vodka tasting room, where you can try rare foreign vodkas and exotic flavors like bubble gum, chocolate, and pumpkin.
Beverly Hills Shopping
Beverly Hills is known as one of the best shopping destinations in the world, as all the top designers features flagship stores with everything from ready to wear to luxury couture. Stroll down renowned Rodeo Drive to shop at Harry Winston, Prada, Valentino, Ferrari, Gucci, and Chanel or just enjoy window-shopping the mesmerizing window displays. For an all in one shopping experience, the department stores of Beverly Hills line Wilshire Boulevard and include Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus and Barney’s New York.
Jason of Beverly Hills
When you’re checking out all the high-end jewelers in Beverly Hills, don’t forget to make a visit to Jason of Beverly Hills, where you’ll find so much BLING you’ll need to wear your shades inside the store. You’re rubbing elbows with some serious spenders here.
A.sweeT. Candy & Fashion Boutique
Stop in at A.sweeT. Candy & Fashion Boutique for a fun treat and not your typical shopping experience. In the front of the store, you’ll find fashion-forward women’s clothing designers like Eleven Paris, Aiko, and Paper Crown. Keep walking till the rear of the store to get your sweet tooth fix. After all, you’ll need that sugar rush to shopping!
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills residents do most of their grocery shopping at Bristol Farms or Whole Foods, but when throwing a special party or dinner, the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills is the spot for rare, artisanal cheeses and cheesemongers who can help you choose just the right wine or other accompaniments for your favorite brie, goat, or manchego.
Beverly Hills Schools
There’s definitely bragging rights for students of any of the Beverly Hills Unified School District schools. Some elementary schools include:
- Hawthorne Elementary School
- Beverly Vista Elementary School
- El Rodeo Elementary School
Beverly Hills Real Estate
A quick drive into Beverly Hills and you’ll understand why this is home to some of the most prestigious real estate in the country. Aside from the homes, the public open spaces, parks, heck even the Civic Center is a gorgeous, mission-style landmark. Its residential thoroughfares are lined with multi-million dollar mansions, miles of manicured lawns with towering trees.
While the homes south of Sunset Boulevard are beautiful, if you want to really see spectacular mansions, head north. This is exactly where you’ll find the most expensive real estate in Southern California. The homes north of Sunset and up into the hills in Beverly Hills hold that title, beating out Bel Air and Malibu. With the obvious exception of the “Golden Triangle” most of the homes and businesses south of Santa Monica Blvd are rather modest, by comparison.
Beverly Hills Historical Fun Facts
Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker acquired most of the ‘ranch land’ that is present day Beverly Hills in the 1880s and used it for farming lima beans. By 1888, Denker and Hammel were planning to build a town called Morocco on their holdings.
In 1900 the Amalgamated Oil Company was formed, bought the Hammel and Denker ranch, and began looking for oil.
Unsuccessful to find enough oil to exploit, they reorganized in 1906 as the Rodeo Land and Water Company, renamed it “Beverly Hills,” and began selling lots. The development was named “Beverly Hills” after Beverly Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts and because of the hills in the area.
Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens in 1930 and was extended to span the entire two-mile length of Santa Monica Boulevard through the city. The Italian Renaissance-style Beverly Hills City Hall was opened in April 1931.