Glitz, glamour, 90210, Beverly Hills is known the world over for its affluent mansions and movie star residents. Its often known as the Village in the City and has a significant historical and architectural history. The large parceled palatial homes are on large streets lined with palm trees with famous residents including Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. High priced shopping can be found at Rodeo Drive. You can spend the afternoon at the polo lounge or having a drink or two at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Where is Beverly Hills?
Beverly Hills is boardered by Bel-Air to the northwest, West Hollywood to the east and to the south by Beverlywood. It is located in the “Platinum Triangle,” of affluent neighborhoods including Bel Air and Holmby Hills. Here is a map of the area.
Architecture of Beverly Hills
Just as you would expect, there is a wide range of architects who have worked in the community, including Frank Lloyd Wright, George W. Maher, Walter Burley Griffin to name a few. Some of the more interesting areas include the mid-century Trousdale Estates at the northernmost part of the Doheny Ranch. The Greystone Mansion is a Tudor-style mansion with English gardens designed by Gordon Kaufmann. It has been the film site for many films and TV shows throughout the years. Paul Williams is another notable architect who designed the Saks Fifth Avenue building and redesigned and added rooms to the Beverly Hills hotel.
History of Beverly Hills
In 1906 the area was marketed as a beautiful suburban residence and buyers were lured in with a parcel of land and the opportunity to build a custom home if they purchased in the development. With the interest of a few oil tycoons and railroad magnates the area boomed and lots quickly sold out. The Beverly Hills Hotel began construction in 1911 and in 1920 the population of Beverly Hills was 647. By 1930 that number swelled to 17,429.
In 1920 the Beverly Hills Speedway was opened and the area drew huge crowds via radio. It brought even more intrigue to the area, but was closed in 1924 and the area was divided up to build residences.
The city wanted to be independent of Los Angeles and with heavy hitters such as Will Rogers it was one of the first times that show business began creeping into the political circuit in the United States.
It was later marketed as one of the worlds best places to shop and that campaign has held its promise to this day.
Where to Go and Things to Do in Beverly Hills
Go to Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica at Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Go for a shopping trip or people watch. This is a fascinating area where tourists from all over the world flock to. It always makes for an interesting afternoon, whether you spend a mint or don’t.
Take a Drive on Mulholland Drive
This windy drive at the top of the hill offers great panoramic views of all of Los Angeles. The homes along the way are also stunning and well worth trying to take a peek at. I recommend stopping at Runyon Canyon Park or Laurel Canyon Park where you can take a hike and possibly run into Nickelson walking his dog.
Visit the Greystone Mansion905 Loma Vista Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This is one of the largest estates in the history of Beverly Hills. It is on the National Register of History Places. It was a gift from the oil tycoon Edward Doheny to his son. Schedule a visit by calling (310) 286-0119.