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Beverly Hills is the ‘ideal’ city for so many reasons…perfect year-round climate, excellent schools, easy access to freeways, a multitude of dining options for every taste and palette, and of course, shopping beyond your wildest dreams. Originally a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 by a group of investors who had failed to find oil, but found water instead and eventually decided to develop it into a town.
The development project was named “Beverly Hills” after Beverly Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts and because of the hills in the area. The first house was built in 1907, although sales remained slow for many years before the city began taking hold.
Beverly Hills as well as the neighboring city of West Hollywood, combined are entirely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. Beverly Hills is bordered on the north by the Los Angeles neighborhood named Bel-Air and the Santa Monica Mountains, on the west by Century City, on the east by West Hollywood, and on the south by the Beverlywood and Cheviot Heights neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Beverly Hills neighborhoods are made up of the “flats”, which is a relatively flat area that slants towards the hills, and includes all of Beverly Hills south of Sunset Blvd. The houses situated in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard generally have a much higher value than the average housing price for the rest of the city. Just about a mile north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills ends and the adjacent Los Angeles neigbhorhood is referred to as Beverly Hills Post Office (BHPO).
Santa Monica Boulevard divides the “flats” into two areas, locally known as “North or South of the tracks,” referring to the train tracks that once carried the streetcar line that traversed Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd. Houses south of Wilshire Boulevard have more urban square and rectangular lots, in general smaller by a large margin than those North of the tracks. There are also more apartment and condominium buildings south of Wilshire Boulevard than anywhere else in Beverly Hills. The average house value south of Wilshire is the lowest in Beverly Hills.
Nearly all businesses and government offices in Beverly Hills are located south of Santa Monica Boulevard in a business district referred to as the Golden Triangle. Two exceptions worth noting are the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills is also home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
With starter homes priced at $2.5 Million +, Beverly Hills attracts affluent buyers from all over the world. Larger homes on large lots in the flats sell for as much as $10 Million minimum. Homes in the famed “Bird Streets” offer killer unobstructed 180+ degree views that span from downtown L.A. to the ocean.
Because of an exceptional police department, Beverly Hills continues to be one of the most consistently safe and sought after communities in Los Angeles County, which is why it is the favorite choice of Realtor Dana Ehrlich (not to mention the fact that she grew up here!).
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