Luxury real estate in Bel Air, California is in a league of its own. Tucked into the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Bel Air is an exclusive enclave that boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Los Angeles. Making up a third of the highly-coveted Platinum Triangle along with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, winding roads lead to multimillion-dollar mansions on large lots, many of which are hidden behind shrubbery and gates for added privacy and protection. Though the median home price lies at around $2 million, it’s not uncommon for estates to sell for $50 million or more.
There are fewer than 8,000 people residing in the six square miles of Bel Air--the low density a testament to the vastness of the houses and spaciousness of the properties. This exclusivity also allows for an air of tranquility and discreetness to permeate the neighborhood.
You may notice that all the streets in Bel Air have Italian names, and there’s a reason for that. In 1923, founder Alphonzo Bell got rich by striking oil and purchased the land, soon beginning to divide and sell some of the area in order to start a new town. His wife was responsible for titling the roads and integrated her admiration for Italy.
● Privacy and tranquility
● Top-of-the-line real estate
● Access to nature
● Bel-Air Country Club and Hotel Bel-Air
Populated by movie stars, key entertainment industry players, and working professionals, Bel Air is an ideal place for those who prize privacy and peace. The area is highly educated, with 77% of residents holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher--nearly double the national average.
The community consistently tops the list when it comes to the best places to live. Not only was it ranked in the top 10 best neighborhoods to raise a family in Los Angeles, but it made the prestigious list of being in the top 20 neighborhoods overall in the area. It’s no wonder, then, that everyone from young professionals to retirees is happy to call the area home.
Entrances off Sunset Boulevard lead into the residential enclave, lined with one luxe home after another. It’s the perfect place for those who prefer a secluded setting surrounded by nature and green space. Joyce Rey can show you all best Bel Air real estate when you schedule an appointment.
Since it’s a mainly residential area, Bel Air doesn’t have endless dining and shopping options within its perimeters. However, its location puts it in close proximity to Los Angeles’ world-class dining, so the hottest spots are only a short car ride away.
What Bel Air itself may lack in quantity it more than makes up for in quality, as the few restaurants in the area are hard to beat. The Bel-Air Restaurant
, for instance, is a favorite spot, serving pasta, seafood, fresh vegetables, and more, as well as traditional cocktails and high-end wines.
There are also dining options housed within one of Bel Air’s main attractions: Hotel Bel-Air
. Wolfgang Puck
offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with special brunch, afternoon tea, dessert, and cocktail menus. The Bar & Lounge
serves small plates and drinks in a sophisticated environment, housing a sleek grand piano and exquisite fireplace. Part of the Dorchester Collection, the hotel also offers signature suites with private patios, a pool, and several courtrooms and meeting rooms in which to hold events.
The Bel-Air Country Club
is another popular spot in the area, especially since Tom Doak’s 2018 golf course renovation. If golf isn’t your style but you still want to flex your athletic prowess, check out one of the several tennis courts. In addition to the state-of-the-art sports facilities, meals and cocktails are also available to members in a sophisticated setting with stunning views.
Speaking of stunning views, Stone Canyon Overlook
is another destination offering exactly that. With unparalleled views of Stone Canyon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains, residents can take in views spanning from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Catalina Island.
Every fall, Bel Air shows off its status as an entertainment hub by hosting the Town of Bel Air Film Festival
. The objective is to present original, high-caliber films that otherwise may not have the opportunity to be seen in the area.
Public schools in Bel Air are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Highlights include:
● Roscomare Road Elementary School: K-5
● Community Magnet Charter School: K-5
● Berkeley Hall School: K-8
● Brentwood School: K-12
If you'd like to see homes, mansions, and other properties for sale in the area, contact experienced Bel Air real estate agent Joyce Rey today.