Hello Bel Air, CA!
Experience utmost privacy and spectacular estates on large lots in one of America’s most prominent and coveted neighborhoods. Bel Air is located North of Beverly Hills, adjacent to the prestigious University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). As you may have heard, Bel Air is most known for its celebrity inhabitants and with it the exclusivity and privacy that comes with living behind the lush green walls.
Bel Air was founded in the 1920s by one of Los Angeles’ primary real estate developers, Alphonzo Bell (he also founded the exclusive Bel Air Bay Club Pacific Palisades), and the Bel Air Country Club, which is a George Thomas designed golf course (known in the world of premier private courses). It is said that Bell’s wife named the streets in Bel Air after Italian themes (such as Bellagio, Copa de Oro, Cascada, St. Cloud, St. Pierre) when the neighborhood was annexed and sold in the 1930s. Due to its expensive real estate, the community is heavily patrolled with private security, Bel Air Patrol and ACS Security, making Bel Air real estate a premier location for optimal privacy.
Bel Air Real Estate: It’s all about…Location, Location, Location
Bel Air (Bel-Air or Bel Air Estates) is on the “Westside” of Los Angeles, California, in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Bel Air is about 12 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles and lies across Sunset Boulevard from the northern edge of the main UCLA campus. At the heart of the community sits the Bel-Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel Air. Along with Beverly Hills and Brentwood, it is one of the “Three Bs”, home to mansions and pristine grounds; possibly the most expensive real estate in the county.
There are two main entrances: the East Gate at Beverly Glen/ Sunset Boulevards and the West Gate at Bellagio Drive of UCLA/ Sunset Boulevard and is generally subdivided into three distinct neighborhoods: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air, and Upper Bel Air.
Bel Air Community
Without a doubt old-school glamor resides behind estate gates of Bel Air, with the neighborhood providing a home for many celebrities. Single-family homes for rent range from simple modest homes to luxury mansion Renaissance architecture.
Bel Air offers unparalleled privacy and space, as well as old-growth trees that add to the sense of exclusivity. Any normal afternoon around here includes having an afternoon tea at the legendary Bel Air Hotel, while you watch the swans swim in their ponds. Pretty normal eh?
If residents aren’t having tennis lessons and want to do a little shopping, they head to neighboring Westwood for shopping and movies, and to Beverly Hills for the luxury of Rodeo Drive and some of the best fine dining in Los Angeles. The hip beach city of Santa Monica and the promenade shopping isn’t that far either nor is the more quaint neighboring Pacific Palisades.
Things to do in Bel Air, CA
The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is located in Bel Air and was inspired by the gardens of Kyoto. As such, many structures in the garden, including the main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine, were built in Japan and transported here. From the moment you walk through the gate, the sense of tranquility and calm takes over, and you are suddenly transported to meditative place. Also from Japan are the antique stone carvings and key symbolic rocks throughout, water basins and lanterns, as well as the five-tiered pagoda.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Want to eat at a world class restaurant from a world renowned chef? The Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is the perfect place, with its upscale setting and American menu, you might even run into the celebrity chef or any of his celebrity friends there.
Vibranto Grill Jazz
Vibranto Grill Jazz on Beverly Glen Boulevard is owned by jazz icon Herb Alpert. The perfect place for a dry martini while enjoying some smooth sounds. This chic American venue brings big name live jazz bands close to home for Bel Air residents.
The Polo Lounge
The Polo Lounge is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic dining rooms, with its signature balm leaf wallpaper that you can surly recognize in countless movies. The Polo Lounge is just minutes from Bel Air on Sunset Boulevard, inside of the Beverly Hills Hotel. This art deco restaurant/bar offers refined Californian cuisine and is a local hotspot any night of the week and particularly on Sundays for brunch.
Hotel Bel Air
The luxurious Hotel Bel Air is a Spanish monastery-style hotel built in 1922 and is a hidden gem in the Bel Air neighborhood. Head to ‘The Bar’ in the Hotel and explore their extensive mixology and culinary menus.
As Bel Air is a quieter residential neighborhood, aside from the charming old hotel bars, most of the nightlife is located in neighboring Westwood, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
Bel Air Schools
The schools within Bel Air are as follows:
- Roscomare Road Elementary School, 2325 Roscomare Road
- Community Magnet Charter Elementary School, 11301 Bellagio Road. Because the school’s point-based admissions system does not favor area residents, children living in Bel Air generally do not attend the school. It is located in the former Bellagio Road School campus.
- Roscomare Road and Warner Avenue Elementary School in Westwood are the zoned elementary schools serving Bel Air. Bel Air is within the attendance boundaries of Emerson Middle School in Westwood and University High School, West Los Angeles.
- Marymount High School, 10643 Sunset Boulevard
- Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School/Milken Community Schools, K–12, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive
- John Thomas Dye School, K–6,11414 Chalon Road
- Westland School, 16200 Mulholland Drive, was founded in 1949. It moved to its current location in 1965, becoming the first school to locate in what has now developed into a major ‘institutional corridor’ in the area of the Sepulveda Pass
- Bel Air is home to the American Jewish University
Bel Air Real Estate
Few neighborhoods in the United States can compare to the magnificence and prestige real estate of the Bel Air community. Bel Air Real Estate includes a vast assortment of large, gated properties providing ultimate privacy to immaculately designed residences. While there are some remaining ranch style homes which have been here for decades, most properties have vastly upgraded.
Many Bel Air Estates include breathtaking views into the Los Angeles basin, views of airplanes on approach to LAX, and views of Catalina Island off the Pacific Ocean coast. Bel Air Real Estate is ideal for couples, new families, or individuals looking for a home that offers exceptional privacy and luxury real estate. Bel Air is also home to the largest single-family home development project in Los Angeles County, which began construction in 2014.
Bel Air Homes for Sale are in high demand as there is a reduced inventory, meaning there are more potential home buyers than sellers. The median sales price for Bel Air Homes for Sale is currently $1,800,000; which is a decrease of 18.2% compared to the market prices in the first quarter of 2015 when median sales price was at $2,200,00, making now a perfect time to purchase luxury Bel Air Real Estate! The average price per square footage of Bel Air Homes for Sale is $803, in comparison to properties in the greater Los Angeles area this price per square foot is 55.9% higher, with an average price per square foot for homes in Los Angeles at $515.
Bel Air Historical Fun Facts
The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell. Bell owned farm property in Santa Fe Springs, California, where oil was discovered. Alphonzo bought a large ranch with a home on what is now Bel Air Road. He subdivided and developed the property with large residential lots in addition to building the Bel Air Beach Club in Santa Monica and the Bel Air Country Club. As mentioned earlier, Bell’s wife chose Italian names for the streets, and kept herself busy founding the Bel Air Garden Club. Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, Bel Air forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.