Adjacent to Beverly Hills and immediately northwest of Holmby Hills, Bel Air is one-third of what is popularly referred to as the “Platinum Triangle” of ultra-expensive real estate. Established in 1926, the enclave traditionally has been home to entertainment and business elite. An exclusively residential community of just under 8,000 residents, it offers no commercial businesses other than the world-class Hotel Bel Air and Bel Air Country Club, and hosts no multi-family units. Most of its homes rest on large lots lining winding streets and nestled behind lush landscaping, walls, fences and gates. The neighborhood and many of its residences have been the settings of numerous films and television shows, and it has always been known as the home of Hollywood celebrities and other notables, including President Ronald Reagan. Approximately two-thirds of the community’s residents hold university degrees, with over one-quarter having graduate degrees.
There are three sub-divisions within the neighborhood: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air and Upper Bel Air. The community is within the Los Angeles Unified School District and has two public schools, four private schools and the American Jewish University. The Bel Air Homeowners Alliance and Bel Air Association are two of the most outspoken neighborhood associations in the Los Angeles area.
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