You can’t help but feel a change in sensory perception as you cross the city limits and enter the picture-perfect and elegant setting of Beverly Hills. The city’s streets are linedwith couture storefronts, manicured parkways, sparkling clean streets, pinch-me gorgeous vintage homes, and grand mansions, interwoven with contemporary architectural styles, equally as appealing.
It’s not surprising, with the city’s not-so-modest turn of the century celebrity beginnings, that she is home to the most recognizable zip code (90210) and listed as having some of the most expensive zip codes in the nation. An estimated 34,000 people inhabit this lavish city, spanning 5.7 square miles of luxury real estate, also showcasing iconic and world famous— Rodeo Drive, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and restaurants by world renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. With the city’s allure for glamour and glitz, she is esteemed with being the most filmed location in the world.
Beverly Hills is part of the “Platinum Triangle”, which includes the Los Angeles city communities
of Bel Air and Holmby Hills. The city’s student population is served by a proprietary school district, with Beverly Hills High School as the sole secondary public education facility, listed in top 100 high schools of California.
The city’s history in brevity: The land first granted to early feminist, Maria Rita de Valdez, named the land Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas (Gathering of the Waters), aptly for the streams that emptied into the area from surrounding hills and canyons. With each subsequent ownership, came a new use, from lima bean crops, to oil speculation and water utility, coming to rest as an elite housing development. The “Glamour Years” as they are described, began with the construction of the first mansion built by cinema celebrity couple, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. And the rest is history, as they say. As more celebrities followed suit, the city responded with a standard for glamour that has endured for decades.
Everything seems a little bit brighter in Beverly Hills, even on the cloudiest of days.