Bel Air

Bel Air


Bel Air is an affluent residential community located 12 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, in an area known as the “Westside.” Situated at the base of the hilly terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains, Bel Air enjoys lush, green, picturesque topography, including winding streets that lead to incredible views of Los Angeles. The signature East and West entrance gates to the community of Bel Air sit prominently off of Sunset Boulevard, which borders Bel Air to the south. Car traffic is controlled at the gates, and the exclusive community is patrolled day and night, however no one is banned from entering Bel Air by foot. Housing tracks in Bel Air deliberately have no sidewalks, which discourages outsiders from walking in. Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr. founded Bel Air in 1923 and it has been a haven for celebrity and high-profile executive homes ever since. Ronald Reagan lived in Bel Air from his presidential retirement in 1989 until his death. His widow, Nancy Reagan, still lives in the community. Bel Air is bordered by Brentwood to the west, Westwood to the south, and Sherman Oaks to the north, which begins the southern edge of the San Fernando Valley.

Bel Air is home to the prestigious Bel Air Country Club, and Hotel Bel Air. The UCLA campus sits steps away, directly south of Sunset, and the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden calls the confines of the Bel Air neighborhood home. The Japanese Garden attracts locals and visitors to beautiful grounds filled with koi ponds, shrines, bridges, lanterns, and a 5-tiered pagoda. Built to resemble gardens in Kyoto, the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden features antique carvings from stone that came from Japan. Bel Air hosts an annual film festival, which was first held in 2008. Nearby, residents of Bel Air explore art at the Getty Museum, shop and dine in Westwood Village, and take in nightlife in Beverly Hills and Century City.

Bel Air’s population of 7,928 people are 86.24% white, 6.84% Asian, and 4.6% Hispanic. Homes along lower Bel Air, near the gates, are most desirable, as they are often situated on sprawling lots near the country club. Houses higher up in the mountains are smaller and more modest, but are by no means average. Bel Air boasts ranch style houses, mansions, and large estate properties, most of which are hidden behind private gates or foliage. The community is served by the LAPD, LAFD, and Los Angeles Unified School District.

Worth visiting is the Bel-Air Bay Club, a unique blend of universally recognized luxury and Hollywood glamour, Bel-Air Country Club with its 18-hole golf course, golf shop, bar, and restaurant. Check out Hotel Bel-Air located in a 12-acre park like setting with each suite and guestroom decorated individually, home to many celebrity weddings, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden with the garden house, main gate, shrine, and bridges built in Japan, though reassembled in Bel Air.




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