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.

History of Holmby Hills
The first developer of the land that Holmby Hills, Westwood, and UCLA now occupy was Don Maximo Alanis, a Spanish soldier who obtained title to 4,438 acres under a Mexican land grant in 1843. He called it San Jose de Buenos Aires. In 1884, about 2,000 acres of this land came into the possession of a forty-niner named John Wolfskill, who paid $10 an acre for it and built a ranch house near the present-day LA Temple of the LDS Church.
The actual development of Holmby Hills began when millionaire Arthur Letts, Sr. purchased 400 acres of the original Wolfskill ranch at $100 an acre. Letts, who was born in England in 1862, had made his fortune by transforming a small, bankrupt dry goods business in Los Angeles into the Broadway Department Store empire. He was not only a shrewd businessman, but also a skilled horticulturist; the grounds of his Hollywood home were planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers, and his cactus collection was known across the country.

His master plan for the prime land he had purchased in west L.A. was to create a neighborhood of grandiose estates. He personally christened the development “Holmby Hills,” which was loosely derived from the name of his birthplace, a small hamlet in England called Holdenby. Letts died suddenly in 1923, before he could realize his vision.

His son-in-law, Harold Janss, took over the project, which was billed as “The Ultimate in Residential Estate Development.” Zoning for the community, which straddles Sunset Boulevard, was designed to accommodate large lot sizes (up to 4 acres). Electric and telephone lines were buried beneath the wide, tree-lined streets to preserve the landscape. Handsome, English-style street lamps, designed exclusively for Holmby Hills, were erected throughout the neighborhood.
Among the first mansions built here in the late 1920s was the Tudor-style home of the founder’s son, Arthur Letts, Jr. Thanks to its lush landscaping, enormous lot sizes, and privacy, from the beginning Holmby Hills has attracted the rich and famous. In the 1950s, Walt Disney built his dream home here, which featured a miniature steam railroad, complete with 300 feet of track and a 90-foot long tunnel. Celebrities such as Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Gary Cooper, Barbara Streisand, Hugh M. Hefner and Sonny & Cher have all called Holmby Hills their home.
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Besides grand homes, the neighborhood has two parks ringed by mature sycamore trees.Holmby Park is south of Sunset Boulevard, and the quaint De Neve Square is to the north. Holmby Park has two playgrounds, a nine-hole putting green and classic lawn bowling. The Armand Hammer Golf Course is named for the founder of Occidental Petroleum, who lived just up the block and enjoyed the greens. The Holmby Park Bowling Club was established in 1927 and calls itself the official lawn bowling club of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 23236395
$45,000,000
11780
sqft
10
Baths
10
Beds
Located on one of the most exclusive streets, Carolwood Drive, in prime Holmby Hills, set amongst towering trees and hidden behind a private gated facade is this contemporary 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom Tuscany-style estate. Built of natural woods and imported stone, the romantic exterior harmonizes with the surrounding nature of towering trees and lushly landscaped verdant grounds. The finest finishes, materials and craftsmanship are featured throughout the nearly 12,000 square feet of sumptuous living space. Enter the residence to a dramatic 40-foot, two-story foyer with skylights and ornate architectural detailing. Sophisticated interiors showcase the home's bountiful scale and volume, complete with soaring ceilings, impressive archways and sizable windows and doors. Palatial hallways with luxurious marble flooring lead into the living spaces that all open to oversized stone terraces with alfresco dining, lounging areas and firepit with custom seating. Retreat into the natural light filled formal living room with fireplace and seamless indoor-outdoor living. The well-appointed formal dining room is idyllic for larger dinner parties, while an informal dining room offers an impeccable space for intimate gatherings. The Chef's kitchen complete with a sleek palate of marble and stainless steel, features a voluminous island, upgraded appliances and ample storage. Two generous family rooms offer coffered ceilings, fireplace, custom lighting, built-in shelving and fireplace. The primary mansion suite with a vaulted ceiling, double doors with garden views, a cozy seating area with fireplace and a lavish bathroom suite with custom vanity, steam rainfall shower and a chic soaking tub. The spacious upstairs en suite guest bedrooms offer ambient light and serene views. Enjoy relaxing afternoons at the private swimming pool and spa with lounge area that overlooks the immaculate, rolling grounds. Additional luxurious amenities include: a dedicated salon, recording studio, staff quarters, 3-car garage and more. Carolwood offers a rare combination of infinite entertainment, prime location and year-round indoor-outdoor impeccable living.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22219969
$6,750,000
5745
sqft
7
Baths
6
Beds
Holmby Hills mansion built in 1940. This traditional 6 bed, 7 bath home is 5,745 sf on a 38,260 sf sprawling lot. Huge circular driveway, with automatic gates at each end, guides you past a huge grassy lot that you can picture a Sunday football game on. Mature trees all around leading to the house. Three story home, perfect for a large family and/or entertaining. The main level has a huge formal entry with winding staircase to the second floor. On one side of the entry is a large living room, a sun room, den/family room, on the other side is the stately dining room, leading you to the butler's pantry, breakfast room and kitchen. This cook's kitchen has all the major appliances of a small restaurant, including a US Range that is 72" with 6 burners, a griddle and a grill, 2 ovens (36" each), a salamander and a Traulsen refrigerator. Behind the kitchen is another bedroom and laundry room. There is a back staircase to the second floor as well as another staircase that leads to the lower level, where there is a bonus room, bath and direct entry 3 car garage. The back yard features a swimmer's pool and spa with plenty of room for guests. Warner Ave. Elementary School. What you can do with this property is only limited by your imagination!
Los Angeles, CA 90024
MLS#: 22216111
$63,000,000
31450
sqft
12
Baths
8
Beds
Welcome to Il Magione, a divinely designed modern mansion brimming with countless resort-like amenities. Located at 271 S. Mapleton Drive on the famed Billionaire's Row in Bel-Air's Holmby Hills enclave, this 8-bed, 12-bath retreat spans 31,450 SF on approximately 1.4 flat, park-like acres. Set behind 24-hr guarded gates, Il Magione's 3-level estate is where old-world grandeur meets new-world elegance. Grand living spaces with soaring ceilings enjoy dynamic furnishing by Fendi Casa. Standout features include a bowling alley, movie theater, gym, hair salon, medical room, wine cellar with a tasting room, indoor and outdoor pools, a guesthouse and 4+ car garage. Il Magione offers an escape from the city while being just minutes from the shops and restaurants of Beverly Hills, Westwood and West Hollywood.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22212623
$9,995,000
8182
sqft
6
Baths
5
Beds
A rare opportunity to purchase this 8182 square foot custom built Chateau on more than a half-acre of land in Holmby Hills. The grandeur of the estate is immediately apparent upon entering the property through the large gated motor court. The home is designed for the ultimate entertainer, with large dramatic spaces, 30 foot high ceilings and an abundance of natural light throughout. The formal foyer flows effortlessly into the grand living room, great room and formal dining room, with fireplaces in all of them. The living room and great room both open directly to the outdoor entertainment areas. The spacious primary suite features a fireplace, a large terrace overlooking the backyard, luxurious dual bathrooms with sauna and spa tub and room sized walk-in closets. The home also has 3 additional bedrooms and a lower-level maid's room, chef's kitchen with walk-in pantry, breakfast room, a large temperature controlled underground wine cellar attached to a separate tasting room, an elevator and a 3 car garage. The tranquil backyard is great for entertaining with expansive patio spaces, a pool, spa and beautiful landscaping. 10101 W Sunset is a unique opportunity, surrounded by some of world's most expensive estates and situated moments away from world-class shopping, dining and entertainment including the Beverly Hills Hotel, Rodeo Drive and the LA Country Club, all moments away.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22174347
$65,000,000
29108
sqft
25
Baths
17
Beds
World-Class estate that could not be duplicated at this price level. Over 2.8 acres in the heart of Holmby Hills. An incredible combination of 6 structures totaling just under 30,000sqft. Complete privacy up long driveway to expansive motor court for over 20 cars. Reminiscent of classic East Coast estates but with modern scale. A total of 17 bedrooms and 25 baths. The main house is the perfect combination of form and function. Epic public rooms are designed for large scale entertaining. One of the most important home offices in the city. Sensational cinema, catering kitchen, pool house with wellness and Hammam. Grounds include: full tennis court, rolling lawns, tropical garden, negative edge pool and mature trees. One of a kind. Must see to believe. Shown only to prequalified buyers.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22136401
$39,999,000
14259
sqft
13
Baths
7
Beds
Paul Williams, 1936. Holmby Hills Jewel Box as featured in Architectural Digest. Highest Quality, ultimate in sophistication and signature elements of Art Deco glamour. Over 1.3 acres of complete privacy, the manicured grounds afford a long driveway, motor court, meadow, large pool and N/S tennis court. Nearly 14,000sqft of period detail, expertly expanded by renowned Richard Manion, this estate is timeless in every way. Signature Paul Williams elements include oval entry foyer, oval formal dining room and scalloped sunken bar. Professional screening room, luxurious family room, sun-drenched solarium/dining make for a most special experience. Totaling 7 bedrooms, the primary suite is a world apart with dual Art Deco baths that are editorial and beyond special. Elegant, restrained, and timeless. A rare offering.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22129621
$8,950,000
4095
sqft
6
Baths
4
Beds
Remarkably quiet, ultimately private and soothingly serene, this fine Holmby Hills estate was designed in 1941 by legendary architect Paul Williams. His signature elegance and his evocatively charming architectural elements have been lovingly cared for and preserved over many years. Rich wood paneling, heavy doors and moldings, leaded windows, coffered ceilings and so much more grace every corner of this truly special home. Easily gated and sited well-above the road up a very long, private, wooded driveway, this property feels like it's in the countryside, yet is located mere moments from downtown Beverly Hills, Westwood, Harvard-Westlake and UCLA. A gorgeous foyer leads both to a stately and inviting living room, anchored by a warming fireplace and to a grand formal dining room with beautiful views of the gardens. The library is a wonderful retreat with its bar, fireplace, built-in bookcases and cozy-feel. The large, Primary bedroom suite is a delight with its sitting area, its bay window, its large closet space and its sizable bath, complete with a sunken tub overlooking the pool. There's also a sweet second bedroom with its own bath. The well-planned kitchen is full of cheer with its separate butler's area and pretty, green vistas. There's even an expansive enclosed sun porch, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining. A lovely powder bath and a housekeeper's suite and bath complete the floorplan. The grounds are nothing short of magnificent. There are glorious moments of mature and established landscape everywhere towering trees, a large brick patio with space for many vignettes of furnishings lush grassy expanses, a sparkling swimmer's pool, sauna, a putting green and a north/south tennis court, so hard to find today. The grounds also feature a separate bed-and-breakfast-style guest cottage as well as a very spacious additional structure currently used as an office with its tall-beamed ceilings and unique, tree-house feel. Each is sited artfully to take in pastoral views of the leafy surroundings. There's also a large motor court with parking for many cars. Warner Avenue School district.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
MLS#: 22116521
$75,000,000
30000
sqft
25
Baths
17
Beds
Nestled on nearly three rolling acres in the heart of Holmby Hills is Paul Williams largest original creation. With interiors of the grandest scale, The Azria Estate beams sophistication, timeless design, and an esteemed Los Angeles heritage. The 17 bed, 25 bath reimagined 1930s home proves to be an unwavering rarity across the globe to this day. From the floor-to-ceiling Swarovski chandelier in the grand dual staircase foyer to the shimmering metallic leaf draping from the living room ceiling, the elevated design-centric elements are in idyllic contrast to Williams quintessential colonial architecture. Sixty rooms in total, each with intricate trim work, voluminous window treatments, and bespoke finishes for a lavish sense of sophistication throughout. Amenities are complete with a separate 6000 SqFt structure that includes a grand theater and a gold ceiling dome library overlooking the manicured grounds. The terraced exterior and tranquil waterfalls lead to a glass-walled tennis court perched aside the Moroccan bathhouse and an inviting authentic hammam, all complementing the intricately blue tiled swimming pool. Cultural integrity completes the grounds with a Japanese Garden and teahouse, French Courtyard, and a romantic greenhouse. As a Paul Williams revival, The Azria Estate is truly a legacy property in prime Holmby Hills.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
MLS#: 21705644
$65,000,000
30000
sqft
14
Baths
9
Beds
When an estate surpasses architecture and design, it becomes a work of art. Inspired by the iconic Reina Sofia museum in Madrid & built by a world class art collector on the finest street in Holmby Hills, a spectacular backdrop was created for a personal collection of antiquities & contemporary art. After a decade, the result is rarefied 30,000 Sq feet of museum-quality rooms w/soaring ceilings, carefully curated materials & a flow that makes this landmark home feel both expansive and intimate all bathed in natural light. From the soaring 30 ft entry w/400 yr old moorish columns & 16th/17th century Florentine carved ceilings, to the Art Deco library, which has been called "The Finest Room in LA," this rare blending of gallery, artistic temple & personal sanctuary only becomes available once in a lifetime. A gated compound, for the most discerning, features every conceivable amenity; a 3-story guesthouse w/a stunning cinema, an entertainment complex, outdoor ballroom, underground parkin
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