Posted on May 9, 2012
Spanish-style architecture has long been a feature of many homes in the Beverly Hills real estate market. Featuring stucco walls, arched doorways and windows, beautiful tile work throughout, and red-tiled roofs, Spanish-style homes can be found all over Southern California, but Beverly Hills and surrounding markets offer some of the most gorgeous examples anywhere in the world.
The Mission Revival style is especially popular in this area. This style was modeled after the California missions that were built in the 18th century, borrowing elements such as bell towers, recessed front porches, and roof parapets. One iconic example of a Mission-style structure in Beverly Hills is the The Beverly Hills Hotel with its large √Ę¬Ä¬úbell tower√Ę¬Ä¬Ě.
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Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills Architecture, Beverly Hills real esate, Jade Mills
Posted on May 7, 2012
Throughout the Beverly Hills real estate market, luxury homebuyers expect to find resort-like amenities as part of the package. This might mean spa bathrooms, elaborate home gyms, or wine cellars. This mindset extends to the outdoor space, as well.
Many luxury homes in the Beverly Hills area include spectacular swimming pools and water features custom built to create a backyard paradise. Homebuyers delight in features like tiered fountains in the center of Italian-tiled swimming pools. Or what about a gentle stream of water cascading down copper walls that enclose a comfortable outdoor living space?
Outdoor gourmet kitchens are another valued feature in the current market. Homeowners create fully functional kitchen spaces conveniently located... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills real estate, Exterior Design, Jade Mills
Posted on May 2, 2012
Movie stars have flocked to Beverly Hills for decades. Many of the landmarks in the city now rival even its most popular celebrity residents for number of on-screen appearances.
Beverly and Canon Drives have the classic rows of perfectly spaced palm trees lining both sides of the wide roadways. They show up again and again to establish classic Hollywood scenes in various films and television shows, from the Beverly Hillbillies to Pretty Woman.
Beverly Hills Cop famously featured Beverly Hills City Hall in several scenes, and apparently it will also make an appearance in an upcoming Tom Cruise movie. √ā¬†In a comical turn of events earlier this month, residents were confused to see a sign in front of Beverly Hills City Hall that read √Ę¬Ä¬úCity... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, entertainment, Neighborhood History
Posted on April 30, 2012
The name Beverly Hills brings to mind fabulous, famous residents and their homes, world class shopping, and of course, hills. While many amazing luxury homes are perched among the cliffsides above Los Angeles in the Beverly Hills area, the majority of Beverly Hills residents live in The Flats.
Residents in the Flats enjoy larger lot sizes than other parts of the Beverly Hills area, averaging between 11,000-15,000 square feet. An eclectic mix of architectural styles appeals to many luxury homebuyers, as well. The real estate market here includes mid-century modern, colonial, and classic Hollywood glam styles as well as brand new construction.
Within the large geographic footprint of the Flats area lies a great deal of neighborhood identity,... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Flats, Neighborhood History
Posted on April 27, 2012
The Beverly Hills dining scene is as renowned as its famous designer shopping district, and for good reason. World class eateries line the streets, featuring a wide variety of cuisines expertly prepared by award-winning chefs, attracting celebrities and the people who follow them, but celebrities aren√Ę¬Ä¬ôt the only ones enjoying the gourmet lifestyle at their doorsteps.
It is not unusual to catch a glimpse of a lucky four-legged friend dining alongside their companion at even the poshest Beverly Hills eateries. Restaurants like Coupa Caf√É¬©, The Farm at Beverly Hills, and Asakuma, among many others, welcome canine companions on their patios. √ā¬†The W Hotel in West Los Angeles even features a menu specially selected for dogs, giving a... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, dining, Pets
Posted on April 25, 2012
The name Lawry√Ę¬Ä¬ôs immediately brings to mind the familiar shaker of seasoning salt for many people, but the birthplace of this ubiquitous spice is a classic Beverly Hills establishment still in operation today. Lawry√Ę¬Ä¬ôs The Prime Rib on La Cienega Boulevard has been churning out classic all-American fare since 1938, serving countless high profile guests, including long-time regulars Frank Sinatra and Mohammed Ali.
Unlike most other restaurants centered on beef, Lawry√Ę¬Ä¬ôs is considered a carvery. The only meat on the menu is the standing rib roast, and it is served as it always has been, cut to order from a silver carving cart rolled table to table. The famous Yorkshire pudding has been served since day one, as well. Today Lawry√Ę¬Ä¬ôs... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, dining, Neighborhood History
Posted on April 23, 2012
The Beverly Hills real estate market offers many distinct choices for the luxury homebuyer. Some areas include gated communities like Trousdale Estates, while others are known for their expansive views. There are also options in the Beverly Hills area for homebuyers who seek a more diverse mix of architecture, lifestyle options and geography.
One popular area is Beverly Hills Post Office (or √Ę¬Ä¬úBHPO√Ę¬Ä¬Ě), a neighborhood with a 90210 zip code that is actually part of Los Angeles. Many high-profile celebrities have purchased homes here at some point, including Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, and Eddie Murphy. The neighborhood is also known for its mix of celebrity and non-celebrity residents, which can be... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Los Angeles , Tagged Beverly Hills Post Office, Beverly Hills real estate, Los Angeles
Posted on April 18, 2012
Beverly Hills is known throughout the world as a destination for glamour, luxury, and prestige. Countless celebrities and industry leaders have called this gorgeous area home for decades, and fashion-conscious consumers around the globe consider Rodeo Drive a designer mecca. It√Ę¬Ä¬ôs hard to believe it√Ę¬Ä¬ôs been less than a century since the fertile land under Beverly Hills was mostly farmland and wilderness, but it√Ę¬Ä¬ôs true. As the film industry took off in the early part of the 20th century, so did the real estate market surrounding Los Angeles.
It all started with residences like the Pickfair Estate in 1924. One of Hollywood√Ę¬Ä¬ôs earliest power couples, silent film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, wanted to establish a... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills Architecture, Beverly Hills real estate, Neighborhood History
Posted on April 16, 2012
Modern luxury has new meaning as show-stopping light fixtures have become a hot design trend in the Beverly Hills real estate market. Museum-worthy chandeliers can be found gracing dramatic entryways while handcrafted sconces light up hallways.
One source of home decorating inspiration is Dale Chihuly, an artist long renowned for his intricate, bold glass work, which appears in art museums around the world. Much-lauded glass work artist Robert Kaindl made headlines when he created an elaborate, dramatic light installation for the Four Seasons Beverly Hills in 2009. Now, homebuyers are seeing the result of these inspirations as home-lighting vendors offer an increasingly broad selection of artist-inspired pieces for the residential market.
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Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills real estate, Interior Design, Lighting
Posted on April 13, 2012
Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious parts of Los Angeles, Old Bel Air is home to the historic, expansive estates often chosen in the media to epitomize the idea of the √Ę¬Ä¬úBeverly Hills lifestyle.√Ę¬Ä¬Ě Many of the residences here are almost entirely hidden from the roadway by high hedgerows and lush vegetation, allowing passersby only an occasional glimpse at the exclusive, prized estates found behind.
Old Bel Air is also known as East Gate Bel Air, a reference to the imposing iron gate situated near the entrance of this neighborhood off Sunset Boulevard. This is one of the more popular areas in the Beverly Hills real estate market for high-profile luxury homebuyers. Late stars like Johnny Carson, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock,... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Bel Air , Tagged Bel Air real estate, East Gate Bel Air, Old Bel Air
Posted on April 11, 2012
The Greystone Mansion boasts a list of film credits few actors can claim. This 46,000-square-foot Tudor-style estate-turned-city-park was built in 1928. It has been featured in dozens of films and television productions, with its descending staircase often taking top billing.
Originally, the photogenic one-time residence was built as a gift for the son of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, for his son √Ę¬Ä¬úNed√Ę¬Ä¬Ě Doheny, Jr. The younger Doheny died at Greystone only a few months after the home building was completed, and his widow sold the estate to Chicago industrialist Henry Crown, who rented it out to movie studios.
Later, Crown tried to sell the estate in subdivided lots, but the city of Beverly Hills stepped in, bought the property and leased... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Landmarks, Greystone Mansion
Posted on April 9, 2012
The work of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most prolific and highly regarded architects in American history, is mostly centered in the Midwest. But his signature architectural style can be found in Los Angeles. The Anderton Court Shops on Rodeo Drive are one particularly iconic locale within the city limits of Beverly Hills.
Anderton Court Shops was the last structure Wright designed in the Los Angeles area. Structurally, it stands out from nearby buildings with a √Ę¬Ä¬úV√Ę¬Ä¬Ě shaped front elevation. Originally designed to hold three storefronts, today this 3-story building features six shops. The white building with black accents was initially painted a buff color with copper-colored accents. The awning was a later addition.
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Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Architecture, Rodeo Drive
Posted on April 4, 2012
It might be hard to believe that one of the most well-known and well-traveled streets in Los Angeles had its origins in a barley field, but in fact, this was the inauspicious beginning of Wilshire Boulevard. In the 1890s, Ohio-transplant Henry Gaylord Wilshire cleared out the path in his field that would later grow to become one of the most famous stretches of roadway in America. The Gaylord, a historic apartment building bearing his middle name, sits directly across from the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire.
Today, Wilshire Boulevard is a major thoroughfare, stretching nearly 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica to the west, passing through Beverly Hills along the way. One notable stretch is known as the Miracle Mile, where classic... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Neighborhood History, Wilshire Blvd
Posted on April 3, 2012
While Beverly Hills features many fashionable and highly sought-after areas where residents enjoy a seemingly ever-present spotlight, many options for luxury homebuyers who value privacy and seclusion exist in the Beverly Hills real estate market, as well.
One such notable area is the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood, Beverly Park. Here, residents enjoy incredible views from extraordinary estates set on hillsides above Beverly Hills, with the added bonus of thoughtful security measures throughout the neighborhood. To reach homes in Beverly Park, visitors must pass through multiple layers of security. It is not possible to simply drive up to a home here unannounced, which is part of the reason so many notable business owners and celebrities... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills real estate, Beverly Park, Privacy, Security
Posted on March 30, 2012
When people think of glamour and landmark southern California luxury, there√Ę¬Ä¬ôs a good chance the images conjured up hail from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills.
The location of such world-famous real estate as the iconic Playboy Mansion and Aaron Spelling√Ę¬Ä¬ôs famous former property, countless other world-famous stars have called this area home at some point: Marilyn Monroe, Sonny and Cher, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, Elvis and dozens of current Hollywood stars.
Long before the first classic street light was erected in 1920, the land in this area was home to the Tongva-Gabrieli√É¬Īo Native Americans for over 8,000 years. Over time, ownership exchanged hands between the first European settlers, Mexican... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Holmby Hills , Tagged Holmby Hills, luxury real estate, Neighborhood History
Posted on March 28, 2012
Today√Ę¬Ä¬ôs luxury homebuyers are keeping an eye toward the marriage between exceptional style and a decreased environmental impact.
Several notable trends have emerged in the past several years in the Beverly Hills real estate market: extensive outdoor kitchens, spa amenities in bathrooms, state-of-the-art security systems, and remote access that allows homeowners to control nearly every mechanized aspect of their homes from anywhere in the world. While these upgrades are worthwhile and certain to turn heads, luxury real estate buyers have also begun taking special note of homes that have been built or renovated with the environment in mind. Many home builders and noted designers specialize in these enhancements.
Buyers and renovators need... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills real estate, Eco-friendly features, luxury real estate
Posted on March 26, 2012
Long renowned as a glamorous, iconic example of classic 1940s Beverly Hills architecture, Hotel Bel Air remains a timeless fixture even after undergoing a major two-year renovation by famed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. It appears in countless travel guides as a world-class accommodation.
As part of the prestigious Dorchester Collection of international luxury hotels, Hotel Bel Air provides guests with outstanding options for both rejuvenation and business. All this in a setting designed to maximize privacy and personalization just a half mile off Sunset Boulevard. Hotel Bel Air offers a full spa and fitness center, exceptional meeting and event space, and a host of amenities for guests.
Luxury accommodation options range from well-appointed... View More ¬Ľ
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Posted on March 21, 2012
Selecting a luxury home in the Beverly Hills real estate market means gaining easy access to a wealth of extraordinary amenities and events, enviable year-round weather, and stunning geography. For some residents, however, it√Ę¬Ä¬ôs all about the shoes (and the handbags, gowns, and resort wear).
With Rodeo Drive at its center, the Platinum Triangle area of Beverly Hills showcases an unparalleled designer shopping experience. Bounded by Santa Monica Boulevard to the northeast, Wilshire Boulevard to the south, and Canon Drive to the northwest, this retail and dining area is home to almost innumerable designer boutiques. On Rodeo Drive alone, shoppers can find one-of-a-kind fashions from famed designers like Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Versace,... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills amenities, Rodeo Drive
Posted on March 19, 2012
A study of the architectural styles represented in the Beverly Hills real estate market would not be complete without including the work of Paul R. Williams (1894-1980). Not only did Williams design homes for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Bert Lahr, and Lucille Ball, he also designed over 2,000 private homes and several public buildings throughout the area.
Williams√Ę¬Ä¬ô architectural mark seems to be everywhere, from the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills to the Los Angeles County Courthouse. √ā¬†Williams was also an integral part of the team that designed the iconic, futuristic Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport in 1961.
Many of his private home designs can be seen in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, including... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Holmby Hills , Tagged architecture, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills
Posted on March 16, 2012
Nowadays, celebrities are often found in the three-block stretch the world knows as Rodeo Drive. √ā¬†All the best designers, from Armani to Gucci; from Cartier to Tiffany, can be found there. √ā¬†One thing is for sure. √ā¬†When you own real estate in Beverly Hills, you√Ę¬Ä¬ôll never be far from the most exclusive and desirable fashion to be found anywhere.
Worldwide, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is synonymous with haute couture fashion. √ā¬†When speaking of the road, people generally refer to the three-block stretch that connects Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. √ā¬†One of Beverly Hills√Ę¬Ä¬ô most recognizable areas, the most fashionable section is a European-style shopping center known as Via Rodeo, located at the intersection of Rodeo... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills real estate, celebrities, entertainment, unique
Posted on March 14, 2012
One of the many perks of owning Bel Air properties is being a part of a rich and glamorous history. √ā¬†In October 2011, Hotel Bel Air reopened after a two year construction project, but the history stretches back more than half a century. √ā¬†Soon after Alphonso E. Bell bought more than 600 acres in the 1920s, he began to make his vision of an elegant and upscale development real. √ā¬†Bell built his sales and planning office in a mission-style building. √ā¬†Next door were stables so Bel Air residents could board their horses when not riding them through the beautiful Los Angeles canyons.
In the 1940s, Texas entrepreneur Joseph Drown purchased the mission-style office and 18 acres with a dream of developing a lush, exclusive, retreat-style hotel.... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Bel Air , Tagged Bel Air, Bel Air real estate, celebrity, unique
Posted on March 12, 2012
When buying a luxury home in a community like Beverly Hills or Bel Air, it√Ę¬Ä¬ôs important to have an eye for every detail in order to know that you√Ę¬Ä¬ôre getting the very best. Certain features of a home are obvious selling points: the size of the property, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, on-site amenities and architectural style are all major factors in a decision to buy. But a knowledge of the smaller luxuries that go into making a property truly unique can help a buyer to discern the full value of a home.
For example, even the material a home√Ę¬Ä¬ôs kitchen cabinets are made of can contribute to the overall sense of quality. Birdseye Maple is one of the most sought-after materials in kitchen cabinets today. √ā¬†It gets its name from... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills real estate, cabinetry, Jade Mills, luxury real estate
Posted on March 7, 2012
One of the most evocative roads in America, Sunset Boulevard winds across just over 20 miles of western Los Angeles County, from Figueroa St to the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. √ā¬†It passes through Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, and Bel Air. √ā¬†The Boulevard has been the backdrop of many artistic works; perhaps most famously immortalized in the 1950 classic film noir work, Sunset Boulevard, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.
One of the most well-known portions of the road is the almost two mile stretch in West Hollywood known as the Sunset Strip. √ā¬†An entertainment hub and center of nightlife for nearly 100 years, the strip is home to nightclubs such as The Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go.... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills mansions, celebrity real estate, luxury homes
Posted on March 5, 2012
The kitchen has long been considered to be the heart of the home. √ā¬†Whether you are entertaining in numbers or hosting an intimate gathering of family and friends, people naturally converge in the kitchen. √ā¬†√ā¬†Of course you want it be a beautiful showcase, containing only the finest materials. √ā¬†In countertops, for example, is granite or quartz better?
Performance of both countertops is similar; they are quite durable with proper care. √ā¬†Cost is comparable as well, varying based on availability and choice of material. √ā¬†These days, quartz and granite are de rigueur in fine Beverly Hills properties. √ā¬†√ā¬†While both have unique advantages, it seems there is not a clear winner in this debate. √ā¬†What is best for your home is determined... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged beautiful, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, home
Posted on March 2, 2012
Of all the plentiful benefits of owning luxury real estate in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas, none is more memorable than the stunning views. √ā¬†Some properties offer legendary views of shimmering city lights. √ā¬†Others open toward the natural beauty of the canyons or toward ocean and coastline scenes. √ā¬†Some locations offer a combination of landscape vistas.
Homeowners, drawn to these properties in part because of the beautiful surroundings, want to enjoy the scenery both from the outside and the inside. √ā¬†Homes in the area often feature floor-to- ceiling windows to accentuate the dramatic scenery. √ā¬†Others offer walls of clear glass doors which can be automated. √ā¬†Convenient and beautiful, automated pocket doors truly bring... View More ¬Ľ
Posted on Beverly Hills , Tagged Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills real estate, entertainment, view