Bel Air Real Estate

Bel Air is one of the three communities (along with Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills) making up the Platinum Triangle in Los Angeles. Located among the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Bel Air was designed as an estates community when it was first founded and developed by Alphonzo E. Bell in 1923. Bel Air real estate is governed by local ordinances regulating lot size, architectural styles, and forbidding almost all multi-family housing, which explains, in part, why Bel Air has the highest median household income of any area in Los Angeles and is among the areas with the lowest population density in Los Angeles with only 8,261 residents in six square miles. Appreciation of the median home price in Bel Air has increased over 400% since 1990. Read below for more Bel Air information and additional info on Bel Air real estate.

Bel Air Real Estate

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Bel Air Information

Bel Air is located in the 90077 and 90049 zip codes and is bordered by Beverly Hills Post Office/Beverly Crest to the east, Westwood/UCLA to the South, Brentwood and the 405 to the west, and Sherman Oaks to the north. In addition to several other entrances, Bel Air has two iconic main gates off Sunset Boulevard: the West Gate at Bellagio Road and Sunset Boulevard, opposite an entrance to UCLA, and the East Gate at Beverly Glen Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Bel Air is commonly recognized as containing three neighborhoods: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air, and Upper Bel Air, which is further divided into Bel Air Crest, Bel Air Ridge, Stone Ridge Estates, and Bel Air Glen. Bel Air Crest, Moraga Estates, and Stone Ridge Estates are guard-gated communities in Bel Air. Generally, the largest lots and mansions are located in lower Bel Air near Sunset Boulevard, with lots becoming smaller and homes more modest as you travel up the mountain.

Owner occupancy is high in Bel Air with over 85 percent of housing units occupied by the owner.

As one of the early marketing brochures declared, "Bel Air is different. Like the painting of an artist, it is the dream of one man—Alphonso E. Bell." Bel Air was built according to the vision of its founder and developer, one example being the street names in Bel Air were named after places Bell and his wife visited in France, Spain, and Tuscany during a 1924 European tour. Bell marketed Bel Air as "a community of gentleman's estates" promising "the last word in improvements will prevail throughout," and was the first community in Los Angeles to bury all electric, gas, water, and phone lines.

A sales brochure set the stage for architectural harmony, saying, "You want a distinctive house. Don't forget that there is a far finer distinction in aristocratic humility than there is in insistent calling attention to yourself. The latter impresses some but those whose opinions in such matters is worth having, are attracted rather by an evident regard for neighborhood harmony."

Like Beverly Hills before, Bell established many restrictions on his new community such as barring certain races and all movie people. The first movie person who was turned away was even a college friend of Bell. Fred Thomson, a cowboy star, and his wife, Francis Marion, Mary Pickford's favorite screenwriter, tried to purchase a lot. Bell is alleged to have said, "I'm terribly sorry you became an actor, Fred. I've made it a law— not one acre of my land is to be sold to actors...." Bell's religious beliefs had him ban Sunday sales for land plots and alcohol in the two Bel Air clubs and the one restaurant on his land. When members began carrying flasks, he banned those as well. 

Bell's racist restrictions were lifted long ago, property sales are permitted on Sundays, and Bel Air clubs are no longer dry. Today, liquor flows freely at the Bel-Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel-Air, a famous hotel known as the world's first boutique hotel, and both are important pieces to social life in Bel Air.

Neon Bel Air sign

Famous Bel Air Estates and Homes:

  • 750 Bel Air Road (aka: The Beverly Hillbilies mansion): Used for exterior shots of the Beverly Hillbillies home. Architect: Sumner Spaulding
  • 1811 Bel Air Road: Case Study House No. 16. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Architect: Craig Ellwood
  • 430 Amapola Lane: The Spice Girls were formed on the patio of this home
  • 10410 Bellagio Road: 1931 Spanish Colonial Revival home. Original architect was Paul Williams, but the home was expanded and extensively renovated in 2007
  • 10475 Bellagio Road: Former home of Renee Zellweger and Debra Messing. Architect: Paul Williams
  • 10539 Bellagio Road: Former residence of Sol Wurtzel, Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Prince Rainier of Monaco, and Bill Bell. Architect: Wallace Neff
  • 10807 Bellagio Road: 1998 Contemporary Architectural. Architect: Hugh Newell Jacobsen
  • 10644 Bellagio Road (aka: Casa Encantada and Bellagio House): Former home of Conrad Hilton. Architect: James E. Dolena; Landscape Architect: Morton Purdy
  • 11630 Bellagio Road: 1940 Country Colonial farmhouse. Architect: Gerard Colcord
  • 526 Bellagio Terrace: 1967 mid-century post-and-beam. Architects: Matlin & Dvoretzky
  • 10211 Chrysanthemum Lane: 1991 International style home. Architect: Richard Dodson
  • 364 St. Cloud Road: Former home of Sony and Cher and current residence of Larry Flynt. Architect: Garrett van Pelt
  • 616 Nimes Road (aka: Lionsgate Estate or Liongate): Former home of Kenny Rogers and Nancy Davis. Architect: Paul Williams
  • 15000 Mulholland Drive (Singleton House): Former home of Vidal Sassoon. Architect: Richard Neutra
  • 15154 Mulholland Drive: 1950 post-and-beam design mid-century modern architectural home. Former home of Case Study architect Rodney Walker. Architect: Rodney Walker
  • 15171 Mulholland Drive: 1959 mid-century modern architectural home. Architect: Edward Fickett
  • 2170 Stradella Road: 2014 architectural home perched atop Stone Canyon Reservoir. Architect: Patrick J. Killen
  • 909 North Beverly Glen Boulevard (aka: Broughton House): A modular home, built in a style situated between a traditional post-and-beam and steel beam design reminiscent of Mies. Architect: Craig Ellwood
  • 10778 Chalon Road: Jacobean home built in 1927. Former home of Dole Food Co. Chairman and CEO David Murdock. Architect: Gordon B. Kaufmann
  • 1280 Stone Canyon Road: Former home of Betty Grable, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jaclyn Smith from Charlie's Angels
  • 1492 Stone Canyon Road: Restored 1940 French Country Estate. Home of Sela Ward. Architect: Samuel Marx
  • 1704 Stone Canyon Road (aka: Zoltan Pali Architectural): 2002 architectural which has been featured in Architectural Digest and won "Home of the Year" Architect: Zoltan Pali
  • 1775 Stone Canyon Road: 1992 modern architectural home. Architect: Kirk Shimazu
  • 121 Udine Way: 1929. Former home of David Brenner and Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland. Architect: Roland Coate
  • 3130 Antelo Road: Former home of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon  
  • 15210 Antelo Place: 1986 architectural home. Home of Shigeki Maruyama. Architect: Ted Tanaka
  • 227 Copa de Oro Road (Whispering Pines Manor): 1929 Georgian-style home. Architect: Paul Williams
  • 1211 Linda Flora Drive: 1979 architectural home. Architect: Charles Moore
  • 1239 Linda Flora Drive: Architectural home. Architect: Patrick Killen
  • 11492 Thurston Circle (aka: Nordlinger House #1): 1948 mid-century modern architectural home. Architect: A. Quincy Jones
  • 11075 Sunset Boulevard: 1941 traditional home. Architect: Arthur W. Hawes

Notable and Celebrity Bel Air Residents (Past and Present):

  • Ronald Reagan: 40th President of the United States
  • Nancy Reagan: First Lady and "Just Say No" Spokesperson
  • Elvis Presley: Musician and Actor
  • Sony Bono and Cher: Musicians and Entertainers
  • Alfred Hitchcock: Director
  • Betty Grable: Actress, Singer, and Dancer
  • Elizabeth Taylor: Actress
  • Johnny Carson: Comedian and Television Host
  • Howard Hughes: Aviator, Business Magnate, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Investor, Aerospace Engineer, and Eccentric
  • Mick Jagger: Musician
  • Tom Jones: Singer
  • Brian Wilson: Musician
  • Jennifer Aniston: Actress
  • Justin Theroux: Actor, Director, and Screenwriter
  • Prince Rainier III of Monaco: Monarch and Husband of Grace Kelly
  • Salma Hayek: Actress
  • Elon Musk: Founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX
  • David H. Murdock: Chairman and CEO of Dole Food Company
  • Marion Davies: Actress and mistress of William Randolph Hearst
  • Judy Garland: Actress and Singer
  • Dean Martin: Singer, Actor, and Commedian
  • Cheryl Tiegs: Model and Actress
  • Michael Bay: Director and Producer
  • Johnny Weissmuller: Actor and Competition Swimmer
  • Vidal Sassoon: Hairdresser and Businesman
  • Kanye West: Musician
  • Kim Kardashian: Model and Reality Television Personality
  • Conrad Hilton: Hotelier
  • Rick Hilton: Realtor and Co-Owner of Hilton & Hyland, Grandson of Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, and father of Paris Hilton
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor: Actress and Socialite
  • Brad Alan Grey: Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures
  • Michael Eisner: Former CEO of The Walt Disney Company
  • Andrew Jerrold "Jerry" Perenchio: Former Chairman and CEO of Univision
  • Louis B. Mayer: Film Producer
  • Debra Messing: Actress
  • Leonard Nimoy: Actor, Director, Poet, Singer, and Photographer
  • Nicholas Cage: Actor
  • Charles Bronson: Actor
  • Jill Ireland: Actress and Singer
  • David Brenner: Stand-Up Comedian and Actor
  • Stephen Stills: Musician
  • John Edmund Andrew Phillips: Musician
  • Nick Cannon: Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Producer, Entrepreneur, and Radio and Television Personality
  • Mariah Carey: Singer-Songwriter, Actress, and Record Producer
  • Jennifer Lopez: Musician and Actress
  • Marc Antony: Musician
  • Jaclyn Smith: Actress
  • Zach Vella: Real Estate Developer seen on Million Dollar Listing New York
  • Renee Zellweger: Actress
  • Mark Spitznagel: Investor
  • Larry Flynt: Publisher, Pornographer, and First-Admendment Crusader
  • Bob Newhart: Comedian and Actor
  • Georgia Frontiere: Owner of the St. Louis Rams
  • Beny Alagen: Founder of Packard Bell Electronics
  • Ken Berry: Former EMI Music President
  • Nancy Berry: Former Vice-Chairman of EMI Music
  • The Jonas Brothers: Musicians
  • Terry Semel: Former Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Incorporated
  • Sol Wurtzel: Film Producer
  • Shigeki Maruyama: Professional Golfer

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