It’s no secret that Beverly Hills is home to the many of the world’s rich and famous, but how did this city in Los Angeles county get to be so synonymous with luxury and status?
The area first drew settlers’ attention due to its abundance of water coming down from the now famous canyons in the Hills known as Benedict, Franklin and Coldwater. The Native Americans at the time even named it the “Gathering of the Waters,” or in Spanish El Rodeo de las Aguas.
After being bought and sold several times, Burton Green and his wife renamed the land Beverly Hills after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. With failure to reap much oil, they developed the land into a city and first put it on the map by constructing the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1912, incorporating the city in 1914.
This soon attracted notoriety among Old Hollywood starlets, who flocked to Beverly Hills to build mansions on large flat lots first with the Beverly Hills flats. The Roaring 20’s created a snowball effect, attracting more stars and developers to keep up with the home demand. Amenities such as Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Gardens park, other luxurious hotels such as the Beverly Wilshire, restaurants and more.
By the 1950s, development in the young metropolis slowed as there were few vacant lots left. Similar to the 20s, today Beverly Hills is still home to the most recognizable entertainment stars, business moguls, royalty and distinguished families from all over the globe living in luxurious homes, with the utmost safety and privacy.
The main draws to Beverly Hills today are its centralized location in town, wide array of amenities nearby, private luxury homes, and safe neighborhoods. Beverly Hills borders Los Angeles, Bel Air, the San Fernando Valley city of Sherman Oaks to the north, and West Hollywood to the east. It is also only about 30 minutes from the coast. Hollywood and the entertainment studios in Burbank are also about 30 minutes away to the east.
The business district of downtown Beverly Hills holds the majority of amenities, such as world-class shopping on Rodeo Drive, upscale dining and bars where the most recognized stars are a common sighting. Exclusive clubs like the Beverly Hills Country Club and hip Soho House allow residents to relax in a private, unobtrusive environment.
Most of Beverly Hills’ luxury homes are either tucked away behind private gates or within a guard-gated community. A huge draw for high-profile individuals and foreign clientele who keep a second or third home in Beverly Hills is the high safety aspect. Streets are patrolled constantly by the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The oldest hotel in Beverly Hills, established in 1912, is the Beverly Hills Hotel at the corner of Sunset and Beverly Drive. Other hotels similar in status are the Beverly Wilshire, the Waldorf- Astoria, the Four Seasons, Montage, SIXTY, and the Peninsula. Closest in proximity to Rodeo Drive shopping would be the Beverly Wilshire, Montage and the SIXTY Hotel.
There are an assortment of restaurants and bars to suit whatever occasion calls. Fine dining options are Spago, owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Villa Blanca, for Mediterranean food, Il Fornaio, for Italian food. Other incredible options are Café Roma for Italian food, the Grill on the Alley, an old-school eatery, Mr. Chow’s for Chinese, Avra for seafood and much more.
Everyone knows about the first-rate shopping found along Rodeo Drive and in the 2 Rodeo Drive complex, however there is more shopping off Rodeo along Beverly Drive, Canon Drive, and Camden.
Beverly Hills more or less buttons up after 9PM with many more nightlife options in nearby West Hollywood, Hollywood, Santa Monica and DTLA. However, there is a great rooftop pool and bar at the SIXTY Hotel. Many great happy hour bars exist throughout Beverly Hills, which make excellent starting points for a successful night out.
Parks & Nature
Parks include the Beverly Gardens Park along Santa Monica Blvd, Roxbury Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, and Franklin Canyon Park with hiking trails.
Top-Rated Schools in and around Beverly Hills
The high-rated Beverly Hills schools are a huge draw for families. The big item to note in a home search is that only homes located within Beverly Hills proper are able to take advantage of its public schools, as well as fire and police departments. Beverly Hills Post Office in the hills, which still has a Beverly Hills 90210 address, has Los Angeles services. The change from off white street signs to blue signs is a clue to the difference in area.
El Rodeo | 605 Whittier Dr, Beverly Hills 90210 Hawthorn | 624 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills 90210 Horace Mann | 8701 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills 90211
Beverly Vista | 200 S Elm Dr, Beverly Hills 90212
Beverly Hills High | 241 S Moreno Dr, Beverly Hills 90212
Harvard Westlake School | 700 N Faring Rd, Los Angeles 90077 Harvard Westlake Upper School | 3700 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Studio City 91604 Good Shepherd | 148 S Linden Dr, Beverly Hills 90212 St. Paul the Apostle | 1536 Selby Ave, Los Angeles 90024