Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California. Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood are together entirely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. It is part of the so-called “Golden Triangle” of Beverly Hills, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel-Air and Holmby Hills.
It is bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains, on the east by West Hollywood and the Fairfax District of the Los Angeles, on the south by Los Angeles and on the west by Westwood Village and Century City, which are Los Angeles neighborhoods and not separate cities. While Beverly Hills is its own city it is culturally very much a part of Los Angeles.
Bel Air is a wealthy and prominent faux-gated residential community located on the Westside of Los Angeles.
The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell, Sr. Bel Air is part of what is known as the “Platinum Triangle,” a term that refers to three affluent adjoining communities: Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills. The community is approximately 17 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and includes some of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and borders the north side of UCLA along Sunset Blvd. At the heart of the community sits the exclusive Bel Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel Air.
Brentwood is a district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles, California.
Located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, the border of Topanga State Park on the west and Mulholland Drive along the ridgeline of the mountains on the north.
Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades on the west, Santa Monica on the southwest, West Los Angeles on the south, Sawtelle on the southeast, Westwood on the east, Bel-Air on the northeast and Encino on the north.
The area’s ZIP code is 90049, which includes Brentwood and part of Bel-Air Estates (the other section of Bel-Air Estates is located in the 90077 zip code).
View of the Century City skyline from the Getty Center. Downtown Los Angeles (Bunker Hill district) can faintly be seen to the east of Century City.
Century City is a 176-acre commercial and residential district on the West Side of LA. It is bounded by Westwood on the west, Rancho Park on the southwest, Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood on the southeast, and the city of Beverly Hills on the northeast. Its major thoroughfares are Santa Monica, Olumpic and Pico Boulevards, as well as Avenue of the Stars and Century Park East and West.
Century City is an important business center, and many law firms and executives—particularly those with ties to the film, television, and music industries—have offices there.
Most popular condominium communities: The Century, Le Parc, Century Hill, Park Place, Century Towers, Century Park East & Century Woods.
Holmby Hills is an affluent neighborhood in western Los Angeles. It is bordered by the city of Beverly Hills on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, Westwood on the west, and Bel-Air on the north. Sunset Boulevard is the area’s principal thoroughfare.
Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, and Beverly Hills form the “Platinum Triangle” of Los Angeles’ priciest and most exclusive neighborhoods. Many of the estates in Holmby Hills boast panoramic views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Many high-level entertainment industry executives, such as Interscope Records founder Jimmy Lovine, television producer Aaron Spelling, movie mogul Ray Stark, and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (whose home is better known as the Playboy Mansion), currently reside or have previously resided in the area.
The Hollywood Hills, an unofficial designation of part of the City of Los Angeles, California, are part of the eastern section of the low transverse range of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood, on the south side of the Valley, to Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu and Pacific Palisades.
The Hollywood Hills form the north barrier of the Los Angeles Basin. There has been extensive residential development in the Hollywood Hills since the 1920s. The area includes Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, and Nichols Canyon and is dotted with the mansions of the rich and famous.
Traditionally, the designation “Hollywood Hills” comprised the hill neighborhoods north of West Hollywood and Hollywood proper and excluding the more westerly neighborhoods. However, in recent years the meaning has expanded to include areas such as Benedict and Coldwater Canyons.
Santa Monica is a coastal city in western Los Angeles County, California. Situated on Santa Monica Bay of the Pacific Ocean, it is completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades and Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles and Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the south.
Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day. In the skateboard and surfing communities, Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood and adjacent parts of Venice are sometimes called Dogtown.
Because of its agreeable weather, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core with significant job growth and increased tourism.
Just north of Santa Monica and south of Malibu lies Pacific Palisades, named for and located on the bluffs where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Palisades is surrounded by six major canyons that wind their way from the Santa Monica Mountains to the ocean. They add beauty and contrast to the community, because some are uniquely blessed with lush vegetation, wildlife, underground springs, and streams and brooks. Because of the geography created by the canyons and mountains, many Pacific Palisades residents enjoy panoramic views of the ocean shoreline, forested canyons, and spectacular undeveloped mountain landscapes.
The town attracts upscale young families for the high quality of the local schools. Besides the numerous top-notch private schools, all of Pacific Palisades’ public schools are charter schools, which means they have autonomy over their budgets and curricula and there is a lot more parent involvement than in a non-charter school. Pacific Palisades’ proximity to the production facilities of L.A.’s entertainment industry makes it popular, too, with screenwriters, directors, producers, and TV and film stars. Among celebrities who live or once lived in Pacific Palisades are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Short, Tracy Ullman, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chevy Chase, Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg, and John Goodman. The late Walter Matthau was one of the first stars to break the “Beverly Hills or Bel Air tradition” by moving to Pacific Palisades. The community attracts beach lovers, too. Residents are just a 10-minute drive from Will Rogers State Beach.
Malibu is an incorporated city in western Los Angeles County, California.
The city of Malibu is a 21-mile strip of Pacific coastline; a beachfront community famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being the home of countless movie stars and others associated with the Southern California entertainment industries. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons; the city is also bounded by Topanga Canyon to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west. Its beaches include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu State Beach and Topanga State Beach; its local parks include Malibu Bluffs Park and the planned Legacy Park, with neighboring parks Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and neighboring state beach Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach.
A popular Malibu license plate frame reads, “Malibu: A Way of Life”. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”. The “27 miles” refers to old Malibu’s length (27 miles) before becoming citified (21 miles).
Studio City is one of 24 named communities in the San Fernando Valley, which are part of the incorporated City of Los Angeles. Only 12 miles northwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center, Studio City is nestled in the foothills of the north slope of the Santa Monica mountains, a prime location for easy access to employment centers in Hollywood, Downtown, the Valley and Beverly Hills. The Ventura Freeway from Los Angeles and the San Diego Freeway from the coastal cities gives easy access to all of Southern California. Studio City is ideally situated for living, working or relaxing in Southern California.
Studio City received its name as a result of the filming activities of Mack Sennett during the silent film era in the 1920's. The sound stages Sennett built have been in continuous use by CBS Television. Until then, Studio City was a large parcel of rural land. Ventura Boulevard was only a country road and the Studio City Business District consisted of nothing more than a drug store, a grocery store, a small bank, a couple of hamburger stands and a few businesses.
On June 21, 1927, the Lankershim Press broke the news that the Central Motion Picture District, a corporation set up to develop movie company sites, had arranged for the construction of a $20 million film center named Studio City. The development was planned for the NE corner of Ventura Highway and Prospect Street ( now Laurel Canyon Boulevard). The first phase of the project was the construction of the 200-acre Mack Sennett Studio. The mission-style administration building was two stories, one of the tallest structures in the Valley. In 1935 it became Republic Pictures Studio and later CBS Studio Center.
Sherman Oaks is a leafy and exclusive suburb of Los Angeles,located in the San Fernando Valley.The community is perhaps best known as the home of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, considered by many to be the undisputed residence of the Valley Girl, a cultural label popularized by the song and 1983 movie of the same name. Two large shopping malls in the area, numerous smaller boutiques and plazas line Ventura Boulevard, providing residents and visitors with endless window-shopping opportunities. Sheman Oaks is also home to the Fashion Square a mall very popular in Los Angeles which boosts only a handful of the Bloomingdales shop in California. Many members of the financial industry, including banks and brokerage houses, are located in the area. And Sunkist Growers, one of the country's oldest and largest agricultural cooperatives, has been rooted in Sherman Oaks for almost 30 years. Besides Sherman Oaks has beautiful homes which are well above the city median price. It possesses good restaurants like Cafe Bizou which is very well known in Los Angeles .Sherman Oaks was one of the first Valley communities to experience intensive real estate development. Anticipating the development of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co. purchased 47,500 acres of the southeast Valley in 1910. In 1911, a subdivision map called Tract 1000 was filed with the county. From that parcel, one of the partners in the company, Gen. Moses Hazeltine Sherman, bought 1,000 acres for himself.Sherman Oaks is bordered by a few cities one with Studio City, Van Nuys and Beverly Hills which can be well accessed through the hills connecting the city with Beverly Hills.
In 1810, as a result of the Mexican Revolution, Rancho Los Encinos was granted to the favored Grabielino Indians. At that time the rancho covered about seven square miles. However, with the coming of U.S. laws and taxes in the 1840s, the heirs of the original land grant lost ownership of the land and it eventually ended up in the hands of Vincent De La Ossa. De La Ossa built a size-able adobe (which still stands), grazed 500 cattle, and employed 20 ranch hands until he died in the 1860s.
Eugene and Phillipe Garnier bought the property and built the Encino Roadhouse which became a twice-a-day stop for both the Butterfield and the Overland Mail Stage between Los Angeles and San Francisco. They also diversified the ranch and raised sheep, wheat, and barley. In the early 20th Century the community of Encino began to be developed. The Encino Chamber of Commerce began in 1927, but was temporarily disbanded during the great depression. The Chamber, which was revived in 1936, worked closely with the community to assist in the development of Encino. Just off Ventura and Balboa Boulevards is the Los Encinos State Park which still includes some of the original buildings constructed by the Garniers.