Beverly Hills is transected east-west by three main boulevards: north of Sunset Boulevard are foothills containing the Beverly Hills Hotel (with its famous Polo Lounge and pink bungalows) and luxurious mansions among the winding drives; south of Sunset Boulevard are the flatlands, containing other expensive homes and, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard, many chic shops, boutiques, and department stores. The most exclusive of these are on the old Rodeo Drive and the newer Two Rodeo Drive, a multilevel shopping street in mock Mediterranean style. The city also has some light manufacturing south of Wilshire Boulevard, though tourism is its economic mainstay. The area of Beverly Hills—5.7 square miles (14.8 square km)—contains several parks and is profusely planted with trees, shrubbery, and lawns. The city is bordered to the southwest by the studios of Twentieth Century-Fox, whose lots, however, have now largely been converted into Century City, a shopping mall, office-building centre, and theatre complex. The city contains a branch of the Museum of Television and Radio. Inc. 1914. Pop. (2000) 33,784; (2010) 34,109.

Rancho Beverly Hills
In 1838, the Mexican governor of California deeded the land grant El Rodeo de las Aguas to Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the Afro Latina widow of a Spanish soldier. Maria Rita, an early California feminist icon, built an adobe ranch house near the intersection of present day Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive. She employed a vast posse of cowboys and proceeded to raise cattle and horses.
As was the custom of a time, Maria Rita permitted her livestock to wander freely, but once a year a festive roundup, another kind of rodeo, was held beneath a huge eucalyptus tree at the corner of Pico and Robertson boulevards.

The Glamour Era
Attracted to an elegant lifestyle made possible by the hotel, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford led the wave of movie stars here when they bought an existing hunting lodge and had it redesigned into the their mansion, Pickfair, in 1919. Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Thomas Ince, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, Carl Laemmle, Ronald Coleman, King Vidor, John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jack Warner, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Harry Cohn and Rudolph Valentino soon followed and built stylish mansions.

Life during the Roaring 20s accelerated with the construction of a huge, banked wooden racetrack, dominating most of the southern section of the City. The Speedway drove Beverly Hills further toward the center of America's popular imagination via radio broadcasts of races that were on the same scale as today's Indy 500. The speedway also was sometimes used as a base for another national craze: aviation.
The very existence of Beverly Hills was threatened by a proposal to annex the City to Los Angeles in 1923. Los Angeles, proponents argued, would provide an inexhaustible supply of clean water for growth. Emboldened by their new local identity, residents Will Rogers (who later became the City's first mayor), Mary Pickford and others mobilized local voters against the plan. Pro-annexation workers left bottles of the sulfur-smelling water on the doorsteps of every Beverly Hills home with a label that read: "Warning. Drink sparingly of this water as it has laxative qualities. Despite these "dirty" campaign tactics, annexation failed 507-337.

This "war of independence" was perhaps the first union of show business and politics in our national life. Long before Ronald Reagan went from soundstage to governor's mansion, Rogers, a wise cracking political humorist, became honorary first mayor of Beverly Hills. Rogers went on to play a part in the development of Beverly Hills by fostering construction of a new City Hall in 1932 and the establishment of a U.S. Post Office in 1934.
Beverly Hills continued to grow. Promotional materials from the period touted the young metropolis as "center of the next million." Fortunately, human-scale public improvements helped soften the effects of growth. In the 1930s, Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens and was extended to span the length of the City. The famous Electric Fountain was installed. A finely modeled sculpture atop the fountain shows a Tongva in prayer, homage to Beverly Hills’ heritage as a wellspring of fertility and abundance.

A Modern City
In the post World War II years, Beverly Hills continued to develop as one of the most glamorous places in the world to live, eat, play and, especially, shop. The Golden Triangle, with Rodeo Drive at its center, was built and marketed to the rest of the world as the shopping destination of a lifetime. Many other glamorous hotels opened, notably the Beverly Wilshire, attracting visitors from all over the world. The City's iconic image was enhanced with the spread of television shows and movies set in Beverly Hills, among them The Jack Benny Show in the 1950s, The Beverly Hillbillies in the 1960s and, more recently, Beverly Hills Cop in the 1980s and Beverly Hills 90210 in the 1990s.
By the 1950's, few vacant lots remained and developers cropped whole mountains to ease the housing shortage. Today, such excessive development has stopped and the population is around 34,000 and growing slowly. But the mystique of Beverly Hills as a place of wealth and beauty continues to grow as it has since the days of the Tongva -- who taught residents to appreciate of the abundance of the present while preserving what remains of the past with reverence.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23237237
$48,500,000
14239
sqft
12
Baths
7
Beds
55 Beverly Park offers grand scale living with elegant proportions & holds infinite possibilities for impeccable entertaining and amazing year-round indoor-outdoor living. Located in the exclusive guard-gated enclave of Beverly Park, this very private home was expertly conceived by acclaimed architect Bob Ray Offenhauser, who worked closely with the homeowners to create their sophisticated vision. An air of French Chateau meets Southern California living pervades over the 2.89 acres of romantic French-style garden landscaping. A natural palate of curated lavish finishes and fine materials, including luxurious European imported stone and marble, are showcased in the 7 bedroom, 9 full-bathroom, 3 powder estate. There are 5bds, 7bas & 3 powder in the 14,239sf main house & 2bds, 2bas in the 1,389sf guesthouse. Estate gates open to the drive leading to the grand circular Motor Court with beautiful, tiered marble Fountain. Divine double wrought iron doors open to smooth limestone flooring leading into the soaring gold-leafed domed Foyer with marbled alabaster skylight casting rays below on the dramatic sweeping staircase. Retreat into the exquisite Library appointed with French-style paneled ceiling and walls, marble fireplace, full built-in bar, and custom cabinetry. Entertainers delight in the expansive Formal Dining Room fashioned with vintage hand-painted Asian wall panels, cove ceiling, and custom table with seating for up to 20 guests. Just around the corner the spectacular China Room is outfitted with impeccable custom felt-lined storage for silver, crystal, fine china, and more. The Formal Living Room offers an intimate, glass walled entertaining area that looks out onto the Reflecting Pond, which is dramatically positioned with a marble statue of Dahpne and Apollo. Floor-to-ceiling French glass doors open from both the Living Room and Family Room to the covered Loggia with cozy outdoor fireplace. The impressive, limestone-clad walls in the Family Room feature a striking groin vaulted ceiling, magnificent towering Beauvigny marble fireplace, built-in bar and panoramic walls of glass offering unobstructed views of the inviting 70-foot Swimmers' Pool and picturesque grounds. Sizeable pocket doors connect the Family Room to the amazing gourmet Chef's Kitchen, which boasts a Baking Area, Butler's Pantry, wraparound granite island, generous storage, commercial-grade appliances (including a Walk-In Refrigerator), and a comfortable fireside Banquette Dining Area overlooking the 1,800-bottle Wine Cellar. Just off the Chef's Kitchen is the glass-enclosed Conservatory, adorned with a magnificent custom oval Murano Glass Chandelier, opulent hand-painted fresco ceiling, and incredible indoor/outdoor ambiance. Ascend the stairs to the sumptuous primary suite comprised of a generous sitting room with fireplace, kitchenette, powder room and idyllic terrace with fireplace and serene hillside views. Discerning dual bathroom suites offer spacious walk-in closets, soaking tub, fireplace, office and custom cabinetry. Three additional Guest Bedroom Suites, and a stunning Theater with velvet stage curtain, ornate French ceiling, marble powder room, and kitchenette complete the upstairs. The lush grounds are an outdoor sanctuary with various alfresco dining/lounging spaces, fountains, verdant sprawling lawn, towering trees & rose garden. The large-scale Swimmers' Pool includes a Spa & Wading Pool (great for children) to be enjoyed w/ the Outdoor Kitchen & Built-in BBQ. The estate's additional luxurious amenities include: a championship night-lit Tennis Court, an Elevator, 1bd/1ba Housekeeping Suite w/ kitchen & private patio (in main house), Home Office (or potential future bedroom), & both 2 & 3 Car Garages. The meticulously well-maintained, ultra-private neighborhood park is conveniently located within a very short distance of 55 Beverly Park, offering wonderful walking paths, play areas for children, serene seating & lovely topiary landscapes.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23238141
$4,495,000
0
sqft
3
Baths
3
Beds
Obsess about this One-Of-A-Kind opportunity, a luxurious rarity of a lot. An absolutely awe inspiring neighborhood.. a must see! On the grounds a midcentury modern style home, situated on a private drive awaits in lower BHPO. Perched atop a magnificent knoll that floods your eye sight with endless / breathtaking views of the entire city. Exquisite privacy w/ a gated entrance in a sought-after, celebrity-studded neighborhood. This existing single-story home includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms across a 1,554 square foot interior. Upon entry, you will find that there is a beautiful indoor pool surrounded by luscious green trees. The modern kitchen opens up with a breakfast bar to the indoor pool for entertaining and also has gleaming city views from the window behind the kitchen sink. The property encompasses 0.41 acres and presents an incredible opportunity to purchase a large piece of land just shy of a half acre in this dream neighborhood. Your new home, renovation, or construction project at 9924 Beverly Grove Drive awaits.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
MLS#: 23236371
$2,299,000
2435
sqft
4
Baths
3
Beds
Situated North of Wilshire in Beverly Hills awaits this contemporary West facing penthouse with 3 beds & 3.5 baths. A sweeping open floor plan welcomes you upon entry and is flooded with an abundance of natural sunlight through floor-to-ceiling windows. The sophisticated dining & living spaces are accented by barrel vaulted ceilings, built-ins, and two balconies where you can lounge or dine while enjoying views of the Hollywood Hills. Cook your favorite meals in the sleek chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line Viking appliances, ample cabinetry, granite counters, large pantry, breakfast bar, and dining nook. The sprawling primary suite features two walk-in closets, a soaring ceiling, wrap-around balcony, mesmerizing DTLA views, and gorgeous marble clad bath with dual sinks, soaker tub, & glass shower. Additional home amenities include two generous guest suites, hardwood floors, cove LED lighting, surround sound, custom shades, dual zone HVAC, two storage units, four assigned guest parking spaces, and so much more. The coveted boutique building offers secured keyless entry and a private fitness center. Centrally located in a world-class setting, move-in today and relish seamless access to the best of Beverly Hills including top restaurants, shops, and entertainment!
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23236901
$2,495,000
2180
sqft
3
Baths
2
Beds
SPECTACULAR NEWER BUILD CONDO IN BEST BEVERLY HILLS LOCATION WITH HUGE OUTDOOR PATIO/GARDEN! Exclusive 460 North Palm developed by ETCO Homes. This contemporary corner unit has everything you can ask for; including 24-hour doorman, direct elevator to your own private foyer, open concept floor plan with indoor/outdoor living, Fleetwood pocket sliders which open to the over-sized outdoor patio for al fresco dining. Large living room with fireplace, equally scaled dining room and a fully well equipped kitchen Sub-Zero & Miele appliances. Covered patio for outdoor dining, large primary suite with walk in closets and gorgeous bath featuring a soaking spa tub, separate shower, double sinks, secondary bedroom suite with private garden, powder room, laundry closet, 2 side by side parking spaces and large private storage rooM. Additional features include Lutron window shades, and Nest security equipment. Close to the best dining and shopping Beverly Hills/West Hollywood has to offer. Triple AAA location. Priced to sell!
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23237669
$5,999,000
5133
sqft
6
Baths
5
Beds
Set back from the street, sits this Mid-Century 5 bedroom 5.5 bath home located in sought-after Trousdale Estates. Sited on a mostly flat lot of over 21,000 sq. ft. At approximately 5,133 sq. ft., the main home is one of the few Trousdale properties with a fully permitted guest house. The guest house has one full bedroom and bath, a living room with fireplace, kitchen and dining area with high ceilings and a totally separate entry. Features include a double door entry, marble foyer, grand living room with parquet floors and fireplace, large den, office/library, formal dining room, all with high ceilings. The kitchen has European cabinetry and granite countertops. Primary bedroom has a large en-suite bathroom. Floor to ceiling windows open to an expansive grassy yard with canyon views and a large pool surrounded by mature trees, creating a serene and private setting. 3 car garage and room for additional on-site parking. The total square footage encompasses the approximately 4,183 sq. ft. main house and the approximately 950 sq. ft. guesthouse.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 223000388
$1,900,000
2700
sqft
6
Baths
5
Beds
This highly-desirable neighborhood in Beverly Hills is a developers dream. Take advantage of the opportunity to put the finishings touches of a discerning homeowner or investor in this property. This new/under construction sits on 13,000sf lot with 2,700sf interior space. Currently is is framed with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23236173
$10,750,000
8004
sqft
9
Baths
6
Beds
Nestled in the treetops above Beverly Hills, A totally Bespoke Estate, Spanning approximately 8,000 feet of luxurious materials by renowned Designer/ Builder Barbara Bazyler in conjunction with Welch Design Studio. Laden with Beverly Park level finishes, every inch of this home is custom. Boasting a perfect layout, enjoy an unparalleled flow between indoor and out in absolute privacy. Gated and hedged in mature foliage, enter through a custom 18ft solid wood pivot door to a home of warmth, luxury, and design, equipped for the highest caliber of living. Clad in white oak and walnut with intricate custom paneling- Expansive living room and bar, Chef's kitchen equipped with professional grade appliances is designed and manufactured by DOCA. 38-foot entry way with dual sided opening Fleetwood doors- MASSIVE flat yard infinities into a lush green forest TOTALLY private from neighbors. 38-foot zero edge swimmers pool that cascades into a waterfall below, 100-year-old trees and mature foliage create serene setting different from any other in the neighborhood. 6 large true bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, (7) separate HVAC zones, and an additional 2 powder rooms plus pool bath- Every bathroom is totally different from the next. Commercial grade elevator access each of levels. ADDITIONAL outdoor kitchen, professional movie theater, gym, lower-level den, and entertainer's bar. This home was built made to measure, there is no other home on the market that comes close. 4 years in the making with approvals from Mulholland scenic review. Could not be replicated or built for the list price.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 23236175
$9,995,000
5305
sqft
5
Baths
5
Beds
This mid-century jewel has been rebuilt from the ground up with a harmonious blend of home and nature. Embracing the California scenery, this single-level home boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 luxurious bathrooms, each with its own unique texture and mood. The over 5000 sqft of living space is framed by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains on a half-acre street-to-street lot behind a gated entry for complete privacy. The home features soft tones, rich oak wood, Jerusalem stone, and an abundance of natural light. Carefully crafted with the highest quality materials and over 2.5 years in the making. The massive walls of disappearing Fleetwood doors open to views that will leave you speechless. The infinity pool with its backdrop of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean is the perfect spot to relax and soak in the natural beauty. The backyard features an ENORMOUS grassy lawn, an outdoor bbq pavilion, and outdoor dining with heated covered overhang, melding the indoor with the outside world. Olive trees, exotic plants, and lush green hillsides greet you from the backyard. This is truly a one-of-a-kind property that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living for the ultimate California lifestyle.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
MLS#: 22217461
$35,000,000
0
sqft
0
Baths
0
Beds
Once in a generation opportunity, over 65,000sqft+ lot on the finest street in Beverly Hills. Approved plans for an exquisite approximate 20,000sqft warm modern with interiors by Clements Design. Years in planning and design. Start construction and when complete will be world class in every way. Shown only to prequalified buyers.
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