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
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Development opportunity in the quaint P.O. area of Beverly Hills. Plan check approved (has since expired) for a three-story 3BR/2BA single-family residence. The lot is surrounded by million-dollar homes and is conveniently located in close proximity to shopping and the restaurants of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Buyers to verify reports and to conduct their own investigation. Architectural plans available upon request.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
$3,999,900
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Dont miss this opportunity to own a unique piece of income property in this sought-after Beverly Hills neighborhood. This nicely remodeled Spanish Colonial Revival 4-plex is comprised of 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Units that are nearly 1,300 sq feet each. Each unit features balconies and rear entrances. Other features include central AC, washer/dryers in unit, and secure-access parking. The subject property is located in Beverly Hills just south of Wilshire Blvd. & San Vicente Blvd. It is walking distance to beautiful La Cienega Park.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Great investment opportunity of land development in Beverly Hills Post Office. Two pieces of land ready to build.Completed soil report, tree report, grading plan, landscape plan, architectural design.Structural and civil engineers have guided through the entire design process. The plan has been submitted to the planning department due to additional retaining walls. In the process of obtaining full approval Maybe fully approved before the end of the year. Each land may be built up to 3000 sqft. The finished home will have a breathtaking canyon views.All info are projected and are not guaranteed.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
$3,900,000
6367
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Best priced luxury home per square foot in the Franklin Canyon area! ($738) Located in the highly desirable Post Office district of Beverly Hills, this property has been beautifully updated and re-imagined, showcasing a bright sophisticated modern soft contemporary style with designer finishes, loads of windows and doors bringing the outdoors in throughout this 6,367 square feet of living space. Gorgeous views of the surround hills grace this stunning entertainer's home with gourmet kitchen appliances (Wolf & Viking), large dining island, four fireplaces, great room off the kitchen, and a large bar area with a wine cooler, cabinets and sink off the secondary rooms and office area below. The master bedroom has an adjoining private outdoor patio and grass area (artificial), while the master bath has a freestanding tub, a luxurious waterfall walk-in shower, and a spacious walk-in closet with drawers and cabinets. All secondary bedrooms have private shower baths, and some have private outdoor patios too. There is a large elevator at the front entrance to access the upper floors. Surrounded by mature trees and low maintenance plants, the backyard is primed for al fresco entertaining with a large deck including a spa and also a large area for planting your gourmet kitchen garden or grapevines on the terraced hill. Nearby are the Franklin Canyon hiking trails & reservoirs, Coldwater Canyon Park, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Enjoy a natural lifestyle in the beauty of the hills and still be so close to the sophisticated dining and shopping options of Beverly Hills!
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
$1,800,000
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Incredible opportunity build a dream view home in a prime Beverly Hills P.O. area. Sweeping, pastoral canyon views! Located on a quiet street. Minutes to Beverly Hills attractions. This lot has a plan of 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms single family resident with entertaining rooms, rooftop swimming pool, deck, and so much more. Don't let the opportunity pass by! GEO and Soil reports available upon request. Buyers and Buyer's agent are responsible for verifying the accuracy of all information and should investiga
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If you would like to live with privacy, seclusion, peace, quiet, openness, and spectacular views, this might be the property for you. There are no nearby intrusive houses. 3+ acres (300' wide x 500' deep) downslope at 1000 altitude, with a private driveway that goes from the paved public street down to two building pads. Extra wide street frontage surrounds the entrance to the private driveway. There is very little traffic because Summitridge is not a through street and ends nearby. The property is conveniently located 500 feet south of the very exclusive Beverly Park, 1.6 miles north of the Beverly Hills Hotel and 2 miles to Rodeo Drive. The prestigious area has been and is home to many prominent people; e.g., Elizabeth Taylor lived directly across the road from the property. See the MLS property listing PRIVATE REMARKS for a link to a complete discussion of the property and the community, with many informative pictures. Next visit the property to fully appreciate its unique characteristics, virtues, and superb architectural possibilities. Then contemplate how it can satisfy your needs and desires.
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