Loud, brash and glitzy, eclectic, dynamic and theatrical: these are all words used to describe Los Angeles, a sprawling metropolis where cultures and lifestyles come together among breathtaking mountain ranges and sun-drenched beaches. The city can be difficult to decode, but for those in the know, LA is best described as a collection of satisfyingly small towns, each with its own distinct character. From sprawling 1920’s Mediterranean-style mansions to today’s celebrity architect-designed masterpieces, from famous movie stars to today’s billionaires, the platinum triangle of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel Air and surrounding areas are home to countless celebrities and the world’s richest families.
Founded in 1923 by visionary real estate developer Alphonzo Bell for Hollywood’s elite, Bel Air is an exclusive and upscale neighborhood built on over 600 acres anchored by the Bel Air Country Club and Bel Air Hotel. There are no sidewalks here, and the atmosphere is one of class and old money. Most of the mansions and estates are private and hidden with dense foliage and large gates. The most desirable homes are near the country club with views of the surrounding golf course and much of Los Angeles.
If there is one place that typifies the popular image of Los Angeles, it has to be Beverly Hills. With its famous zip code, wide palm-lined avenues, exclusive shopping, restaurants, and five-star hotels, this is where you’ll find beautiful people, beautiful homes, and beautiful cars. It all started with the opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1912, and since then this 5.7 square mile city has become the home of countless celebrities and billionaires.
Overlooked by The Getty Center, Brentwood is a quietly affluent neighborhood nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains between Bel Air and the Palisades. Living here is low-key, laid back and peaceful. Privacy is the draw, with families living in beautiful homes and private estates on streets meandering through hills and lush canyons.
While the Hollywood Hills stretch from Downtown to Beverly Hills, it’s only the Bird Streets and Doheny Estates that are important. This showbiz enclave above Sunset Strip offers stunning architecture, jetliner views, and is one of the most exclusive and sought after areas in the city.
Nestled between Beverly Hills and Bel Air, Holmby Hills forms the remaining piece of what is known as the “Platinum Triangle,” which houses the three most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods in the country. From sprawling 1920’s Mediterranean-style mansions to today’s celebrity architect-designed masterpieces, Holmby Hills has always been home to some of the world’s wealthiest and most famous families.
Hugging the Pacific coastline for twenty-one miles north of Los Angeles, Malibu has been a fixture of American culture for generations. Most residents live on the beach or at least within a few hundred yards. Famous for its warm and sandy beaches, Malibu has long been recognized as a beach retreat for the rich and famous.
An affluent family community located between Brentwood, Santa Monica and Malibu, the Palisades is divided into four neighborhoods; the Riviera, the Huntington, the Highlands and the Marquez. Low-key, laid back and peaceful with privacy being the main draw, along with easy access to the beach and mountain hiking trails.
This affluent beachfront city has all the culture, events, and comforts of a modern metropolis. From oceanfront condominiums, family homes on the Avenues, and spectacular estates overlooking the Riviera Country Club, Santa Monica is a unique beach town with a sophisticated state of mind.
A cosmopolitan byway that connects the entire city with a network of neighborhoods on all sides, the Wilshire Corridor is where to find the most luxurious condominiums in Los Angeles. With unparalleled views, five star service and amenities to match, the best buildings here offer a luxurious lifestyle along with easy access to cultural, educational and shopping destinations, as well as direct routes to the Pacific Ocean and Downtown.