Welcome to Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills Real Estate
The City of Beverly Hills is known the world over as being a high-class stomping ground of the rich and famous. Located in the western portion of Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills real estate is part of the wealthy "Golden Triangle" of cities, which also includes Holmby Hills and Bel-Air. Between the multi-million dollar mansions and ritzy hotels, restaurants and shopping on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills is rich in many ways.
~ Beverly Hills Demographics
~ History of Beverly Hills
The original inhabitants of Beverly Hills real estate were the Native American tribe of Tongva Indians. They gathered in the canyons of Beverly Hills because the canyons made the fertile lands a natural gathering place for water. With the arrival of the first Europeans to the area, a smallpox epidemic broke out and killed nearly two-thirds of the Native American population in the area in 1844. The rest were quickly driven out of the community by the poor treatment from the Europeans.
In 1900, the Amalgamated Oil Company bought the land that would eventually become Beverly Hills from the sheep and cattle ranchers who owned the land to drill for oil. When oil was never found, the Amalgamated Oil Company became the Rodeo Land and Water Company in 1906 and the area was christened Beverly Hills after a city in Massachusetts.
The first streets were laid out in 1907: Crescent, Rodeo, Lomitas, Canon, Carmelita and Elevado. In 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel was built and quickly became the center of the community. With the popularity of the entertainment industry in nearby Hollywood and the construction of the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills real estate became sought after by the movie stars of the era: Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Rudolph Valentino, just to name a few. In fact, in 1923, Mary Pickford and Will Rogers helped vote down a possible annexation of the City of Los Angeles.
After WWII, Beverly Hills continued its development as one of the most luxurious places to live, shop and dine. Residential development is not as prevelant today as it was in the past because of the lack of vacant land. This helps to maintain Beverly Hills as a place of wealth and beauty.
~ Education in Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills public school system is serviced by the Beverly Hills Unified School District. There are four elementary schools that actually serve grades K-8, one high school and one continuation school in the district. There are also four private schools available in Beverly Hills. The University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles are state run unversities located near Beverly Hills.
~ Things to See and Do in Beverly Hills
Besides the fabulous shopping, fine dining and luxurious hotels, Beverly Hills offers other fun things to do. You can take a walking tour of the city, see the public art available throughout the city, enjoy a trip through yesteryear by taking a trolley tour or visit one of the museums and galleries in the city. There are also some great events and celebrations that happen throughout the year in Beverly Hills and wonderful parks to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather. Visit the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce for a listing of local events.