Immediately recognizable by its iconic gates, Bel Air represents one of the most prestigious and secluded neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Winding roads lead to private gated hillside estates, revealing some of the county’s most expensive residences. Originally a working ranch founded by famed oil tycoon Alphonzo Bell, the neighborhood retains its heritage of lush greenery and enjoys one of the city’s lowest population density’s. Favored by married couples and families with Beverly Hills based business interests, Bel Air is the definition of classic old Hollywood luxury and is home to some of the areas most important business people, pro-athletes and celebrities.
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Nicknamed the the Platinum Triangle, Bel Air, combined with neighboring Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills showcases some of the areas most significant European-style traditional chateaus and historic estates built in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Toward the top of the mountain, contemporary architecturals afford easy access to the Valley.
Business and entertainment executives dominate the community, with a median age of 46 and a high prevalence of married couples. The percentage of residents over the age of 50 is one of LA’s largest.
The words Bel Air are synonymous with refuge and prestige, however the traditional homes accessed through the Bellagio West gate off Sunset are often the most coveted. Bel Air Estates, Nimes Road, Bellagio and Bel Air Road are also highly sought-after locations which give way to gleaming contemporaries at the top of the mountain.
Marymount High Schools (all girls Catholic), Community Magnet Charter (K-5) or John Thomas Dye (K-6)
Largely a residential area, Bel Air is adjacent to the famed Beverly Hills Platinum Triangle shopping and dining district that incorporates fabled Rodeo Drive, and is home to the celebrated members only Bel Air Country Club. Neighborhood Hotel Bel-Air has been providing luxury hospitality since 1922, and multiple cultural institutions such as The Getty, Annenberg Space For Photography, Greystone Mansion & Park, and The Skirball Cultural Center are within a few short miles of this UCLA adjacent enclave. Bel Air residents can often be found strolling the nearby Beverly Glen farmers market or Getty View Park.