Welcome to Bel Air
Luxury suburb with masterpiece mansions situated behind famous gates
Bel Air is a luxury suburb nestled just off Sunset Boulevard in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills. Two historic access gates open to a glittering enclave of lavish gated estates on winding roads. Bel Air is home to the famous Hotel Bel-Air and Bel Air Country Club. The community has an opt-in Bel Air Homeowners Association, which includes security patrol services. Located around 12 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Bel Air has been home to many of the entertainment industry’s elite since the community was created in the 1920s.
The East Gate is the more prominent of Bel Air’s two entrances. The historic estates directly adjacent to the East Gate were originally built for some of the most legendary figures in Hollywood history. Masterpiece mansions showcase a diverse range of styles as you move to Bel Air’s West Gate. Homes in Bel Air represent some of the finest real estate available anywhere in the world.
What to Love
- Luxury suburb behind historic gates
- Masterpiece mansions in diverse styles
- Glittering history of celebrity residents
- Prestigious Bel Air Country Club
People & Lifestyle
Bel Air has been home to a glittering list of superstar names ever since the construction of its grand estates first began in the early 1920s. Past residents of Bel Air included Alfred Hitchcock, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and countless other A-list names from the worlds of film and music. Bel Air’s magnificent residences, impeccable privacy, convenient Westside LA location, and majestic mountain backdrop have all ensured this glamorous community remains high on the list of Los Angeles’ most desirable real estate markets.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The luxurious, five-star Hotel Bel-Air has been an icon of Hollywood glamour since it opened in 1946. The Bel Air Hotel’s glittering list of guests is a who’s who of the Hollywood elite. Marilyn Monroe’s last Vogue photoshoot took place at the Hotel Bel-Air, and Grace Kelly visited the hotel so often that a suite has been named in her honor. Surrounded by 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this vintage boutique hotel remains one of the most popular accommodation choices for world-famous entertainers and visiting heads of state. The hotel’s gardens feature more than 4,000 plants and 483 specimen trees, along with a romantic lake known for its elegant white swans.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air opens from breakfast through dinner for sublime meals crafted by one of California’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs. While Wolfgang Puck’s menu of Mediterranean and Californian fusion cuisine changes with the seasons, the hotel’s famous tortilla soup has remained a fixture on the menu since 1980. Other Hotel Bel-Air amenities include rejuvenating spa treatments and beautiful swimming pools.
Things to Do
Bel Air Country Club counts among its members such famous names as Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise. The country club’s centerpiece 18-hole golf course winds between Bel Air’s mansions and canyons, providing some of the most captivating play of any of Los Angeles’ numerous exclusive country clubs. The course was originally designed by George Thomas and William Bell in the 1920s, and many other famed golf course architects have retouched the course in the years since. Tom Doak’s masterful 2018 reimagining of the course ensures it will remain a landmark befitting its exclusive setting for many years to come.
Bel Air is served by the Los Angeles Unified school district.
- John Thomas Dye School, Private, K-6.
- Harvard Westlake, Private, 7-12.
- Marymount High School, Private, Roman Catholic, Girls, 9-12.