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Beverly Hills

Internationally known as the home of the well-heeled and well-known, Beverly Hills is a quintessential mecca of luxurious residential living, elite retail emporiums, gourmet dining and world-class hotels and spas. It is unquestionably a city with many of the most lavish homes and estates on the entire globe. Originally bean farms and ranchland, the enclave was first subdivided for residential development in 1906, incorporated in 1914, and named after Beverly Farms in Massachusetts. Its first roads were created during a brief oil boom, however it quickly evolved into the community of choice for celebrities and the most influential movers and shakers of the entertainment and international business worlds. Perhaps a little known fact is there are still a handful of producing oil wells discreetly tucked away within the city’s boundaries.

Beverly Hills and two of its neighboring communities, Holmby Hills and Bel Air, form a “Platinum Triangle” of what has been touted as the most expensive residential and commercial real estate in the United States. Most of the approximately 35,000 privileged residents of Beverly Hills reside on a broad plain known as “The Flats,” while the community’s most luxurious and pricey estates are in its hills.

Services, Social and Cultural Activities

There are 6 public schools in Beverly Hills, all part of the Beverly Hills Unified School District, and 5 private schools. Although most neighborhoods of the city are not conducive to block parties and pick-up basketball games, there are 8 public parks and 7 public “mini-parks” offering a wide variety of walking, biking, sports and other activities. Perhaps the most versatile park location in LA is Greystone Mansion. The historic 55-room 1920s-era home and its sprawling grounds are open to the public for various social and cultural activities and functions. When one thinks of shopping in Beverly Hills, that now famous line in the film “Pretty Woman” comes to mind: “Rodeo Drive, baby.” The epitome of luxury shopping, the three-block stretch of retail heaven between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards is lined with establishments representing many of the most elite names in fashion, jewelry, art and more.

There is much more to Beverly Hills than luxury estates and glamorous shopping, however, and to discover it all check out the official Beverly Hills website, and the website of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.

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