Bel Air

Bel Air

 

Bel Air is an affluent residential community in the hills of the Westside of Los Angeles. Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills it forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.  Bel Air is situated about 12 miles west of downtown L.A. and includes some of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. It borders the north side of UCLA along Sunset Boulevard.  It is bordered by Brentwood on the west and southwest, Westwood on the south, Beverly Hills on the east, and Sherman Oaks on the north.

Behind the Bel Air gates, lush, verdant, draping trees along the winding roads lead up the hills to large compounds and estates of multiple multi-million dollar homes. Incredible ocean and city views can be seen at various levels in the hills from these homes and one does not have to be at the top of the hill for spectacular views.  Many of the homes are not visible through the vegetation or high walls and gates of security thus offering exceptional privacy.  The first estates were built in the 1930's and many have rich and noteworthy histories. 

Bel Air has long been an area of wealth and exclusivity.  However, on the west end of Bel Air is Roscomare Road which was developed in the early 1950's and 1960's and offered more affordable homes than the estate mansions.  The construction style is predominately California Ranch and mid-century classic.  Recent homeowners to the Roscomare area have renovated the homes to the very hip and trendy retro and mid century style that is back in vogue, giving these homes an updated modern look with a 1950's feel.

The J. Paul Getty Museum is the stand out cultural attraction in Bel Air and took 12 years to build.  World renowned Mount St. Mary's College is also located in Bel-Air and the exclusive Roscomare Elementary is an outstanding school consistently earning 5 out of 5 starts on the top-rated education website: http://www.greatschools.org. Three Country Clubs and private golf courses serve Bel-Air:  Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club to the east on Wilshire Blvd. and Mountain Gate Country Club to the west.  The famous Bel Air Hotel is tucked away in the winding roads and is known for its stunning grounds, lovely swans in the creek and the romantic place for many a sumptuous wedding, anniversary or other special occasion.   Another great attraction is The UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.   It was inspired by the gardens of Kyoto, Japan and many structures in the garden - the main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine - were built in Japan and reassembled here.  Antique stone carvings, water basins and lanterns, as well as the five-tiered pagoda, and key symbolic rocks are also from Japan.  Several hundred tons of local stones came from the quarries in Ventura County and the foot of Mt. Baldy, northeast of Los Angeles.