Bel Air-Holmby Hills

Iconic Westside LA neighborhood with old Hollywood glamour.

Welcome to Bel Air-Holmby Hills

Iconic Westside LA neighborhood with old Hollywood glamour
 
Bel Air is an iconic Westside Los Angeles neighborhood offering the glitter and prestige of old-school Hollywood. Developed in the 1920s, Bel Air quickly became synonymous with grandeur and luxury. Accessible through two guarded entrance gates, this private community has a long history of attracting the Hollywood elite. Institutions such as the Bel Air Hotel and Bel Air Country Club add to the neighborhood’s glamorous appeal.

No two of Bel Air’s homes are alike, but all are similarly exceptional. From original 1920s mansions to palatial contemporary masterpieces, Bel Air offers some of the most spectacular real estate you’ll find anywhere in the world.

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Local Lifestyle

Bel Air is perched entirely in the Santa Monica Mountains above Sunset Boulevard. Together with its neighboring communities Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills, Bel Air is part of Los Angeles’ ultra-desirable Platinum Triangle. The community’s convenient location and impeccable privacy have attracted many A-list residents since the development of Bel Air began in the 1920s.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Hotel Bel-Air’s signature restaurant Wolfgang Puck is the perfect encapsulation of this prestigious community’s appeal. The setting is elegant but relaxed, featuring an outdoor patio with lots of beautiful greenery, intimate interior dining spaces, and a piano bar lit by a roaring fireplace. The food is similarly refined without being pretentious, combining Mediterranean and Californian culinary influences to craft artfully presented meals prepared with the finest quality locally sourced ingredients.

SHU is another Bel Air dining standout. Nestled within one of the community’s scenic canyons, this refined and innovative sushi house blends Italian and Japanese influences to create innovative and playful variations on classic carpaccio, handrolls, ceviches, and sashimi.

Just outside Bel Air in the Westwood neighborhood, Diddy Riese Cookies has been one of Los Angeles’ most popular purveyors of sweet treats since the 1980s. This L.A. stalwart continues to attract crowds of customers with its scrumptious brownies, ice cream, and signature cookies made from scratch and baked fresh daily. Other nearby amenities include the state-of-the-art gym and fitness club Equinox.

Things to Do

The Hotel Bel-Air opened in 1946 and quickly gained a reputation as one of Los Angeles’ most glamorous luxury hotels. A glittering list of Hollywood A-listers has stayed at the Hotel Bel-Air. Marilyn Monroe conducted her final Vogue photoshoot here and Grace Kelly visited so often that a suite has been named in her honor. This storied hotel is surrounded by gorgeous gardens with a swan pond. The hotel’s amenities include first-class spa treatments, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. The Hotel Bel-Air also regularly hosts exhibitions of art and photography.

The main campus of the University of California, Los Angeles sits just across Sunset Boulevard from Bel Air’s southern boundary. UCLA is frequently ranked among the world’s finest institutions of higher education. The university has exceptional academic and sports programs. The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pac-12 conference and athletes from the university have won gold medals in every Olympic Games the United States has competed in since 1932.

The Beverly Glen Center is a nearby hub of shops and restaurants. Bel Air Country Club is a prestigious private members’ club boasting one of the finest golf courses in Los Angeles. Designed by renowned golf course architects George C. Thomas and William F. Bell in 1926, the course offers challenging play in a course laid out to navigate Bel Air’s rolling canyons. The course has been updated by other noted architects over its century of operation including George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and Tom Fazio. The most recent update came from Tom Doak in 2018. The club has included among its members United States Presidents and countless Hollywood A-listers. Howard Hughes once landed his plane on the greens of the Bel Air Country Club’s golf course to avoid being late for a golf date with Katherine Hepburn.

Schools

Bel Air is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • Milken Community School, Private, Jewish, 7-12.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Public, Higher Education.
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