Holmby Hills is a ritzy, secluded neighborhood characterized by rows of multimillion-dollar mansions on manicured lots. Far and away a residential area, this portion of the Platinum Triangle is perfect for those who desire a place of solitude and privacy.
Founded by a man named Arthur Letts Sr., Holmby Hills began as 400 acres of the original Wolfskill ranch. Unlike the Italian street names of Bel Air, Holmby Hills has predominantly British-sounding streets. The name “Holmby Hills” itself was derived from Letts’ English birthplace of Holdenby. Though unfortunately, Letts passed away before he could see his vision realized, his son-in-law Harold Janss took over to complete the neighborhood, continuing to pay tribute to his family’s British roots.
Holmby Hills real estate includes some of the most famous homes in Los Angeles. The most iconic is undoubtedly the glitzy Playboy Mansion
, where Playboy founder Hugh Hefner lived. However, that’s far from the only notable property.
Clocking in at over 55,000 square feet and containing more than 123 rooms, The Manor at Holmby Hills
is the largest home in all of Los Angeles and in the top 50 in the US. Also known as Spelling Manor, the French Chateau-style abode was constructed for television producer Aaron Spelling in 1988. After belonging to heiress Petra Stunt for several years, it was sold again in 2019 for nearly $120 million--the highest sale in all of California history.
Other famed estates include the Fleur de Lys
, which has a 50-seat theater, track, and ballroom housed within its nearly 43,000 square feet. Modeled after King Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles it is in the top 10 largest homes in LA and the top 100 largest homes in the United States. The Disney Estate, formerly owned by Walt Disney, is tied for the 12th biggest house in LA, with 30,000s square feet.
A section of famed Sunset Boulevard winds through the community of Holmby Hills, bringing an air of Hollywood glamour to the community. With Beverly Hills and Bel Air mere minutes away, top-rated amenities are easily accessible to residents.
Holmby Hills truly offers its inhabitants the best of both worlds. Though the residential enclave noticeably lacks a nightlife, it is close to an area that’s known for it. Its close proximity to the 405 makes it an ideal place to commute into the city on a regular basis. Plus, its laid-back pace and privacy are perfect for those who want to be able to retreat to a place that’s more lowkey. Nearby hiking trails also make it a popular home base for hikers and nature lovers.
But don’t just take our word for it. Past residents have included big names such as Bing Crosby, Jayne Mansfield, Barbara Streisand, and Neil Diamond. If you’re ready to live like one of the greats, experienced real estate agent Joyce Rey would be happy to show you all of the Holmby Hills homes for sale in this incredible area.
Holmby Hills may not be a bustling hub of activity, but it’s far from boring. In fact, there is always something to do and see in the area. A favorite way to relax an unwind is to spend the day at the iconic Holmby Park
, enjoying a picnic lunch or throwing a frisbee around with friends. The Armand Hammer Golf Course
, which was named for a late Holmby Hills resident, is an 18-hole, par-54 course sure to please golf novices and pros alike.
If you’d prefer an indoor event, head to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
to see artwork from some of the most acclaimed artists in history, showcasing the likes of European Modernists like Picasso to Pop Art pioneers like Andy Warhol.