Welcome to Bel Air
Exclusivity and fresh air in the foothills of the mountains
Bel Air offers its residents the perfect enclave between bustling Los Angeles and the fresh air of the Santa Monica Mountains. On Los Angeles’ exclusive West Side, this secluded residential neighborhood has some of the finest real estate in the country. Large, multi-story, and multi-winged luxury mansions are nestled among the tranquil and lovely views of the mountains. Bel Air offers easy access to the green space of the mountains, Getty View Park, and several country clubs. Meanwhile, the community is still only 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and just across Sunset Boulevard from the northern wing of UCLA’s campus.
Bel Air was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell. He purchased a ranch and subdivided it into large residential lots with the help of master landscape architect Mark Daniels, known for incorporating natural features into his city planning. Bel Air is best characterized by its large estates, and it is home to some of the finest residential architecture in the United States. Bel Air is a popular neighborhood of choice for Hollywood stars, who prize its exclusivity and privacy. The Bel Air Country Club and the restaurant at the iconic Bel Air Hotel are the only local gathering spots of note as the community offers, above all, privacy, peace, and quiet.
What to Love
- Mountain views
- Privacy and exclusivity
- Peace and quiet
- Large estates with sprawling lots and homes
- Nearby golfing and hiking
Tranquility and seclusion best describe the Bel Air vibe. The area is entirely residential and gated, offering complete privacy for its residents. Bel Air has one of the lowest population densities in Los Angeles, with wide and lovely, winding roads connecting large estates. This is the place to be immersed in nature, relaxing while taking in the beautiful mountain views, going hiking nearby, or hitting the fairways at the nearby golf courses. One of the finest and most luxurious suburbs in the world, residents in discreet Bel Air have a peaceful and laid-back lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Because Bel Air residents value the discreet and private seclusion of the neighborhood, there are only a few businesses located in the community itself. The Wolfgang Puck Restaurant at the Hotel Bel Air and the Vibrato Grill Jazz, LA’s premier jazz and dining spot on the northern edge of the neighborhood offer nearby entertainment options. Glen Market is the neighborhood grocery store. Bel Air is only a short distance from Dodger Stadium, the beaches of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and all the attractions, dining, and shopping of downtown Los Angeles.
Things to Do
Inside the secluded confines of Bel Air, residents enjoy the excellent golf course at the Bel Air Country Club. They enjoy visiting the art exhibits at The Getty or The Fowler museums nearby. On the northern edge of the community, the Skirball Cultural Center celebrates Jewish history and culture. For those that love the outdoors, Getty View Park offers trails, and there are many other trails into the mountains just west of Bel Air in Topanga State Park. Just west of the community, golfers hit the links at the MountainGate Country Club.
Bel Air is part of the Los Angeles Unified public school district and is home to several private schools. A few schools that serve the community are:
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