Twelve miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Bel Air luxury homes sit at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. This 6.37 square mile exclusive neighborhood of Los Angeles was founded by former tennis champion, oilman, multimillionaire, and philanthropist Alphonso E. Bell, Senior in 1923. Bell purchased a large ranch, subdivided it, and then developed the property into large estate sized residential lots. Today Bel Air has the lowest population density of any neighborhood in Los Angeles and with barely 7,000 residents includes no multifamily dwellings. Bel Air is bordered by Mulholland Drive to the North, Beverly Canyon Boulevard to the East, Sunset Boulevard to the South, and the 405 Freeway to the West. In addition, Bell built and developed the Bel-Air Beach Club in Santa Monica and the Bel-Air Country Club. In 1931 Bell’s wife Minnewa founded the Bel-Air Garden Club.
The public schools serving Bel Air include Roscomare Road and Warner Avenue Elementary schools, Emerson Middle School, all in Westwood, and University High School in West Los Angeles. Private schools serving Westwood include Stephen S. Wie Temple Elementary, John Thomas Dye a “K-6” school, Westland School, Marymount High School and the American Jewish University.
Bordered by Mulholland Drive to the North, the 405 Freeway to the West, Beverly Glen Boulevard to the East, and Sunset Boulevard to the South, Bel Air residents find themselves on Sunset Boulevard virtually every day. This beautiful but well traveled thoroughfare borders the Westwood campus of UCLA and all of the necessary local conveniences. Proximity to to the 405 Freeway can have you on your way quickly depending on traffic conditions. But as a resident of Bel Air you may not want to leave.
Dining and Shopping
While most dining and shopping options will be found in the neighboring communities of Beverly Hills and across the 405 Interstate on Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood, local favorites include Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air, and the Bel Air Grill on Sepulveda Boulevard. Other restaurants close by include The Polo Lounge, the restaurant at the Getty Center, Sfixio, Vibrato Grill Jazz, La Dolce Vita, and The Belvedeer. To locate the services closest the Beverly Hills home you’re interested in simply select the the property on the map you’re interested in, scroll down the page and view the Walk Score. You’ll see icons for drugstores, restaurants, city services, transportation, and more. Simply click on the icons for more details. Properties closest to the main gates of Bel Air will be closest to area services.
Bel Air entertainment options include Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air, Vibrato Grill Jazz, The Improv Space at UCLA and of course the Getty Museum. The central location of Bel Air provides access to hundreds of entertainment options in Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Unfortunately, as is the case with most neighborhoods, you will need to drive or use a car service to get there. Suzanne is more than happy to share additional favorites upon request.
Parks and Recreation
The private Bel Air Country Club established in 1925 counts Will Rogers and many other famous residents as former and current members. The 18 hole course, the only golf course in Bel Air, is kept in impeccable condition with nice elevation and fast greens. There is no public park space to speak of but again beyond the exclusive nature of Bel Air and the numerous large lots, the location of the community puts you adjacent to the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and a fun winding drive down Sunset Boulevard to the beaches of Santa Monica where hiking trails, community parks, beachfront boardwalks and the famous Santa Monica Pier awaits you.