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The City of Beverly Hills
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Picture of Beverly Hills taken at Wilshire Boulevard

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Nickname(s): "Garden Spot of the World", "B.H.", "The Hills"
Location of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°4′23″N 118°23′58″W / 34.07306°N 118.39944°W / 34.07306; -118.39944
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated October 22, 1906
Government
 - Mayor Nancy Krasne
 - Vice Mayor Jimmy Delshad
 - City Manager Roderick J. Wood
Area
 - Total 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 - Land 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0%
Elevation 259 ft (79 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 33,784
 Density 5,927/sq mi (2,298/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 90210, 90211, 90212
Area code(s) 310, 323, 424
FIPS code 06-06308
GNIS feature ID 1652672
Website http://www.beverlyhills.org
Aerial view, 3D computer generated image

Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, United States. Beverly Hills and the neighboring city of West Hollywood are together entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. The area's "Platinum Triangle" of affluent neighborhoods is formed by Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel Air and Holmby Hills. The population was 34,980 as of the 2006 census. Beverly Hills is home to many Hollywood celebrities, corporate executives, and numerous other wealthy individuals and families.

Beverly Hills is bordered on the north by Bel-Air and the Santa Monica Mountains, on the east by West Hollywood, the Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, and on the south by the Beverlywood.

Beverly Hills contains some of the largest homes in Los Angeles County and in the nation. In 2007, Coldwell Banker lists Beverly Hills as the most expensive housing market (second year in a row) in the United States, with a median home price of over $2.2 million[1]. These homes range from the extravagant and luxurious in size, to the more elegant and modern homes, and then to the many small duplex rental units and detached homes with less than 2,000 sq ft (280 sq meters).

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History

18th century

Gaspar de Portolà's land expedition arrived in the area on August 3, 1769. The group consisted of Portolà (the first governor of the province of California), some Franciscan priests and a cavalcade of leather-jacket soldiers and horses. On September 27, 1821, New Spain became Mexico and the province of California quietly changed flags.

That same decade, retired Spanish soldier Vicente Ferrer Valdez and his wife, Maria Rita Villa de Valdez, settled on the 4,500 acres (18 km2) Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. Rita did not care for the name, however, and chose to call it San Antonio. The Valdez adobe home was built near what is the present day intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive. Valdez died in 1828, leaving Rita and eleven children.

19th century

California was ceded by Mexico to the United States in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, marking the end of the Mexican-American War. It was admitted as a U.S. state on September 9, 1850.

In 1852 Maria Rita Valdez De Villa asked to purchase a league of land for $4,000. She called the land Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. It was later purchased by Major Henry Hancock (of Hancock Park fame), a New Hampshire attorney. He had come to the state during the 1849 gold rush. He used the land as a farm until 1868 when Dr. Edward Preuss, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, bought the land.[2]

A brief oil boom raised interest in the area in 1865 when the Pioneer Oil Company bought the rights to drill wells.[citation needed]

20th century

On October 22, 1906, the community of Beverly Hills was declared open by the Percy H. Clark Co., managers of the tract of land. It was described as a "beautiful suburban residence between this city [Los Angeles] and Santa Monica."[3] The community was designed to allow the buyers to build a custom house on the land they purchased in the new development. The Rodeo Land and Water Company (Burton Green) decided to name it Beverly Hills after Beverly Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts.[4] Prior to this, the land was known as the Hammel and Denker ranch, which was one of Southern California's most fertile lands for growing lima beans.[3] It was purchased by a syndicate of Henry E. Huntington, C. A. Canfield, W G. Kerckhoff, W. S. Porter, Burton M. Green, M. W. Whittier. It lies in the old Morocco Junction of the Los Angeles Pacific road, where the Hollywood and Colgrove braches connect. The investment company marketed Beverly Hills as "between the city and the sea."

In September, 1911, work began on the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Los Angeles Times would call it a "monster hostelry" since it cost $300,000.[5] At the time, lots were selling for around $2,000 each.[6]

In 1919, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford bought land on Summit Drive and built Pickfair.[7] In 1921, they announced that they would build the home which they had been "dreaming" about in Beverly Hills.[8]

Will Rogers, a wisecracking political humorist, wrote of the land boom in 1923, "Lots are sold so quickly and often out here that they put through escrow made out to the 12th owner... They couldn't possibly make out a separate deed for each purchaser; besides, he wouldn't have time to read it in the 10 minutes' time he owned the land."[citation needed]

The movie colony was well entrenched by 1928 when Harold Lloyd ('Greenacres'), John Barrymore, Robert Montgomery and Miriam Hopkins built residences there.[citation needed]

The population in 1920 was 674; in 1924, it was 5,000; by 1930, it was 17,429.[9]

The issuance of building permits in 1918 totaled $35,200; in 1919, $304,900; in 1921, $787,729; 1922, $1,838,994[7].

In early 1920, the Beverly Hills Speedway, a 1.25 miles (2.0 km) wood oval track with turns banked 35 degrees was opened. Joe Boyer ran his race car 110 miles per hour (177.0 km/h) during the exhibition run[citation needed]. The races drew huge crowds and radio broadcasts were on a par with today's Indianapolis 500. There were also aviation shows, another national craze. The speedway was closed in 1924 and the site was later subdivided for housing and businesses.[citation needed]

In 1923, annexation to the city of Los Angeles was proposed, but faced opposition. Residents Mary Pickford, Will Rogers and others mobilized local voters against the plan.[citation needed] Those for annexation argued that Los Angeles would provide an adequate supply of better quality water for growth. Workers left bottles of sulfur-smelling water on the doorsteps of every home in Beverly Hills with a label that read: "Warning. Drink sparingly of this water as it has laxative qualities." Despite the campaign tactics, annexation was defeated 507 to 337.[citation needed] The following year, the city voted $400,000 in bonds to purchase the water system from the Beverly Hills Utilities Company and drill additional wells.

This fight for an independent city was arguably the first union of show business and politics in the United States.[citation needed] When Will Rogers became involved in the local city government the community received international advertising. In 1925, Rogers was given the title "Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills," becoming the first and (to date) only person so honored as such. The same year, the citizens of the city voted a $100,000 bond issue to purchase with Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Venice 385 acres (1.6 km2) for the building of UCLA. There were 96 miles (154.5 km) of paved streets in the city limits by 1927. In 1928, the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard between El Camino and Rodeo Drives, part of the old Beverly Hills Speedway, was completed. That same year, Greystone Mansion was completed by Edward L. Doheny, Jr., the only son and heir of wealthy oil man Edward L. Doheny. And in 1930, horses were banned in the City of Beverly Hills.

In the early 1930s, Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens and was extended to span the entire two mile (3 km) length of Santa Monica Boulevard through the city. At its Santa Monica and Wilshire corner, the Electric Fountain, a constant symphony of form and color at night, was installed, with a small sculpture at the top of a Tongva kneeling in prayer, homage to the heritage of Beverly Hills as a wellspring of fertility and abundance.

In April 1931 the new Italian Renaissance style City Hall was opened.[10]

By 1933, the effects of the Depression were being felt in Beverly Hills. The city and school board cut salaries to save funds. In February, some 161 parcels of land were advertised for sale for delinquent lighting assessments. The Chamber of Commerce established an employment bureau and the mayor requested a branch welfare office from the County of Los Angeles.[citation needed] By 1937, the city had weathered the storm of the Depression and was riding the crest of a wave of retail sales that reached more than $20,000,000 and bank deposits topped the $25,000,000 figure. Property values of that year showed a 30% increase over the previous year.[9]

By the 1950s, small vacant lots remained and developers cropped whole mountains to ease the housing shortage. The stables and trails of the unusually large Doheny family estate, Greystone Mansion was bought by Paul Trousdale. The Trousdale Estates area was eventually annexed and an expensive housing development began to take shape in the hills above the city.

Beverly Hills marketed itself as one of the most glamorous places in the world to shop. The Golden Triangle, with Rodeo Drive at its center, was marketed as the apex of chic shopping and fashion.[11]

Via Rodeo was completed in 1990. The Spanish cobblestone street leads to 2 Rodeo Drive, a "mini-mall" with upscale shops and restaurants. In 1992, the Beverly Hills Civic Center was opened. Designed by architect Charles Moore, it links the new public library, fire and police departments with the historic City Hall.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly and Canon Drives all recently underwent construction to widen the sidewalks and beautify the streets. New construction has also just been completed that added more parking for visitors to the famed shopping area.

Geography

Beverly Hills is nearly entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, sharing only a portion of its eastern border, primarily along Doheny Drive, with West Hollywood. The precise limits of Beverly Hills are complex, and therefore hard to describe; however, the city limits can be roughly described as the area surrounded by the Los Angeles Country Club and Century Park Drive to the Southwest, Whitworth Drive to the South, variously Doheny Drive/Robertson Blvd/San Vicente Blvd to the East, and the Hollywood Hills to the North.

Major east-west thoroughfares in Beverly Hills include Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, and Sunset Boulevard. Shopping is prevalent along Beverly Drive and the world-famous Rodeo Drive. Coldwater Canyon Drive is the main road out of Beverly Hills to the north into the San Fernando Valley. Beverly Drive and Roberston Blvd exit to the south into the city of Los Angeles.

In spite of the city's name, most residents live in the "flats" of Beverly Hills, a relatively flat land that includes all of Beverly Hills south of Sunset Blvd. The homes in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard have a much higher value than average homes in the rest of Beverly Hills, and the most expensive homes in Beverly Hills are all in the hills. Santa Monica Boulevard divides the "flats" into two areas, locally known as "North or South of the tracks," referring to the train tracks that were once used by the old Pacific Electric streetcar line that traversed Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd. Homes south of Wilshire have more urban square and rectangular lots, generally smaller than those to the north. There are also more apartment buildings south of Wilshire Blvd than anywhere else in Beverly Hills, and the average home value south of Wilshire is the lowest in Beverly Hills.

Nearly all businesses and government offices in Beverly Hills are located south of Santa Monica Boulevard, two notable exceptions being the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Just outside the city limits to the west lies the Los Angeles Country Club. Other locations commonly associated with Beverly Hills include the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Beverly Center, just outside city limits to the east.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 674
1930 17,429 2,485.9%
1940 26,823 53.9%
1950 29,032 8.2%
1960 30,817 6.1%
1970 33,416 8.4%
1980 32,367 −3.1%
1990 31,971 −1.2%
2000 33,784 5.7%

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 33,784 people. The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 0.10% Native American, 7.10% Asian, 1.50% from other races, and 4.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Like the rest of Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills is home to a large Persian/Iranian community.There has been a recent estimate that Iranians represent as much as 40% of the city's population and 50% of the students in public schools.[13] This estimate is not immediately evident in Census Bureau data as the Census Bureau defines the "White" race category as including "people having origins in any of the original peoples of .. the Middle East .."[14]

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age for the city was 41 years old.

There were 15,035 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.02.

According to a 2008 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $93,327, which is typical for an upper-middle class suburb.[15] This figure may seem rather low but can be attributed to the unusually large proportion of renters in the city. There are so many renters in Beverly Hills that homeowners are not the majority. Renter-occupied housing units comprise 56.6 percent of the city's housing stock and the median household income for renter-occupied housing units in the city is $48,179, which is just slightly above average for the entire United States.

The median income for a family is $110,040. Males had a median income of $72,004 versus $46,217 for females. The per capita income for the city was $87,589.[15] 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, most of those were 65 and older Senior citizens.

Beverly Hills remains one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country and in the world. The median home sale price in Beverly Hills in 2009 was $2,870,000, down 20% from the high of $3,600,000 reached in 2007.[16]

Government and infrastructure

Local government

The Beverly Hills City Hall, built in 1932, was featured prominently in the Beverly Hills Cop films
Beverly Hills Civic Center
Beverly Hills Police being inspected in the late 1930s

Of the 21,426 registered voters in Beverly Hills; approximately 50.3% are Democrats and 25.9% are Republicans. The remaining 23.8% are Independents or are registered with one of the many smaller political parties, like the Green Party or the Libertarian Party.

The heavy Democratic advantage makes Beverly Hills one of the more liberal cities in Southern California. In 2004, John Kerry won 62% of the vote compared to 37% for George W. Bush. In the 2006 state governor election, Arnold Schwarzenegger got nearly 45% of the vote but won a second term by a state-wide majority, while Democratic opponent Phil Angelides had just over 54%.

Beverly Hills is a general law city governed by a five-member City Council including the mayor and vice mayor. City Council hires a city manager to carry out policies and serve as executive officer. Every odd-numbered year either two or three members are elected by the people to serve a four-year term. Each March the City Council meets and chooses one of its members as mayor and one as vice-mayor.

Nancy Krasne is mayor and Jimmy Delshad is vice mayor. Roderick J. Wood is city manager. The other three city council members are Barry Brucker, Dr. William Brien and John Mirisch. In city council meetings, a few celebrities have shown up to speak on local political issues.

The Beverly Hills Police Department and the Beverly Hills Fire Department serve as emergency response for the city. BHFD has the privilege of being distinguished as "Class 1" in fire protection by an insurance industry rating service.

See also: Mayor of Beverly Hills

County, state, and federal representation

Beverly Hills Post Office

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Beverly Hills.[17] The department operates the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica, serving Beverly Hills.[18]

In the state legislature Beverly Hills is located in the 23rd Senate District, represented by Democrat Fran Pavley, and in the 42nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Mike Feuer. Federally, Beverly Hills is located in California's 30th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +20[19] and is represented by Democrat Henry Waxman.

The United States Postal Service operates the Beverly Hills Post Office at 325 North Maple Drive,[20] the Crescent Post Office at 323 North Crescent Drive,[21] the Beverly Post Office at 312 South Beverly Drive,[22], and the Eastgate Post Office at 8383 Wilshire Boulevard.[23][24] The Beverly Hills Post Office received listing in the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 1985.[25]

Economy

The former Hilton Hotels Corporation headquarters in Beverly Hills

The Los Angeles-area offices of Aeroflot and El Al are in Beverly Hills.[26][27]

At one point Hilton Hotels Corporation had its corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills. Originally GeoCities (at first Beverly Hills Internet) was headquartered at 9401 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.[28]

Underneath the city is the large and still-productive Beverly Hills Oil Field, serviced by four urban drilling islands which drill diagonally into the earth underneath the city. The most notorious of these drilling islands occasioned a 2003 lawsuit representing former attendees of Beverly Hills High School, approximately 280 of which had suffered from cancers allegedly tied to the drilling operations.[29]

Diplomatic missions

Beverly Hills has four consulates (Armenia,[30] Brazil,[31] Colombia,[32] and Ecuador.[24][33])

Education

Public schools

Beverly Hills is served by Beverly Hills Unified School District; which includes four K-8 schools, Moreno High School, and the Beverly Hills High School.

Private schools

Beverly Hills also has several private schools.

Good Shepherd School, a PreK-8 school in Beverly Hills, is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Other Beverly Hills private schools include Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, Emanuel Academy of Beverly Hills, and Page Private School.

Marymount High School in nearby Westwood, across from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is in close proximity to Beverly Hills.

Climate

Beverly Hills has a warm and moderate Mediterranean climate, with an average high of 85 degrees in August, and an average high of 64 degrees in January. Beverly Hills also receives on average 18 inches of rain. Summers are marked by warm to hot temperatures with very little wind, while winters are moderate to cool with occasional rain alternating with periods of Santa Ana winds. During Santa Ana events, gusts up to 40 mph are common.[citation needed]

Media

Beverly Hills is served by the following newspapers: Canyon News, Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills Weekly, Beverly Hills 213 Magazine, and the Beverly Hills Times. The Beverly Hills Post used to be one of the main newspapers, but it went out of business. The city is also served by all Los Angeles TV, radio, and newspaper media.

Beverly Hills also has its own Television channel, KBEV. Run by the students of Beverly Hills High School, it airs on Channel 6 (on Time Warner Cable) to the residents of Beverly Hills.

Landmarks

Sign marking the Beverly Hills city limits

Derivative nicknames

The name Beverly Hills has often been employed as a nickname for a fashionable, affluent area. For example, Ladera Heights, an unincorporated area in southwestern Los Angeles County, has been dubbed the "Black Beverly Hills".[34] Similarly, the city of Scottsdale has been given the nickname "Beverly Hills of Arizona" for its upscale shops, stately homes, and high household income[citation needed]. Calabasas, California located in the San Fernando Valley is considered the Beverly Hills of the valley. Respectively, Buckhead, the uptown district of Atlanta, has been dubbed "The Beverly Hills of the South" due to the large number (as well as the highest concentration) of upscale shops, elaborate homes, and high average income.[citation needed].

Beverly Hills in popular culture

Beverly Hills has been featured in a number of television shows and movies set in Beverly Hills, including the The Jack Benny Program (1950 to 1954) (and on his radio program from 1932–1955), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 to 1971), the Beverly Hills Cop movies, Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 to 2000), and 90210 (2008 - ).

90210

90210 is one of four zip codes in Beverly Hills, and perhaps its most-famous, gaining popularity with the 1990s television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Other series to make use of the 90210 zip-code include Dr. 90210 and the 2008 spin-off of the original, 90210.

Beverly Hills in fact has three additional zip codes: 90211, 90212 and 90213.

Other pop culture

The animated series Totally Spies is set in Beverly Hills.

The opening scene of The Andy Griffith Show showing Sheriff Taylor and Opie carrying fishing poles was shot at the Franklin Canyon Reservoir at the north end of town just west of Coldwater Canyon.

In Walt Disney's movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The main character, Chloe, lives in Beverly Hills, 90210

In the 2009 Simpsons episode, Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh, there exists a spoof version of Beverly Hills, nicknamed "Waverly Hills".

Ted's of Beverly Hills is a fictional steak restaurant on the Phil Hendrie radio show.

The first track on Weezer's Make Believe album is entitled "Beverly Hills" and is one of their most popular songs.

See also


References

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Bibliography

  • Beverly Hills: 1930–2005 By Marc Wanamaker ISBN 0095299717441999
  • Beverly Hills: An Illustrated History by Genevieve Davis ISBN 9780897812382
  • Beverly Hills: Inside the Golden Ghetto By Walter WagnerPublished 1976
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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Beverly Hills [1] is an enclaved city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, surrounded almost entirely by Los Angeles. Since the 1950's Beverly Hills has marketed itself as a high-end shopping paradise and home of the rich and famous, which still rings true today – its reputation has even been the basis of a few popular TV shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Beverly Hills, 90210. Santa Monica Boulevard bisects the city, with most of the businesses to the south, and the north being primarily residential. Most visitors come to shop or dream of shopping, or to try and hunt down their favorite celebrities' homes, but be careful! Many celebrities consider that stalking.

Disclaimer: For BH 90210 fans, there is no West Beverly High. That was actually Torrance High in Torrance.

  • From Los Angeles International Airport: Travel on Interstate 405 North (San Diego Freeway), then exit into State Route 2 East which is Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • From Bob Hope Airport in Burbank: Travel south on Hollywood Way, exit into the Ventura Freeway (California State Route 134 and US 101), then go south on Coldwater Canyon Drive.

By public transit

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority [2] provides bus service into Beverly Hills, connecting with the rail network. Rapid bus 720 runs along Wilshire Boulevard, connecting Beverly Hills with the Fairfax district, Koreatown, and Downtown Los Angeles to the east, and with Westwood and Santa Monica to the west. Rapid bus 704 runs along Santa Monica Boulevard, connecting Beverly Hills with West Hollywood, Hollywood, Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles to the east, and with Century City and Santa Monica to the west.

Get around

Beverly Hills has several large, well-marked public parking garages in its downtown area, but they tend to fill up quickly. Virtually all of the shops and restaurants are walkable from any of the garages. Parking in Beverly Hills is extremely difficult even with the large parking structures, so it is strongly advised to walk or use public transport. If you choose to drive, be aware that there is a law against oversized pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds.

  • Fig Tree, Beverly Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard (in park). This Morton Bay Fig tree is 85 years old and is 65 feet tall.  edit
  • Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive (just north of Sunset Blvd), +1-310-550-4654, [3].  edit
  • Museum of Radio and Television, 465 North Beverly Drive, +1-310-786-1025, [4].  edit
  • Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive (prounounced Row-Day-Oh) and the nearby walk street Two Rodeo earn their reputation for outrageously expensive and unique boutiques catering to outrageously expensive and unique people.  edit
  • Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd (at Camden Dr), +1-310-276-4400, [5]. Much ballyhooed boutique department store specializes in couture and ready-to-wear (not too mention the famed shoe department) from glamour designers like Manolo Blahnik, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Vera Wang, Prada, Marc Jacobs and so on. It's a superlative, fashion and pop culture experience from the first floor to the fifth, a dizzying array of trendy 'must-haves' and the most highfalutin' and buzz-worthy cosmetics, attire, shoes and accessories featured in all the glossy magazines. Store itself is awash in vivid colors and hip displays; it's absolutely a unique shopping experience. Barney Greengrass, the top floor deli, is equally chic and draws in hungry shoppers who want a nice meal and to see and be seen (obviously).  edit
  • David Orgell, [6]. One of the long-standing merchants on Rodeo Drive, Orgell has such diverse offerings as tapestries, antiques, jewelry and timepieces.  edit
  • Faconnable, 9680 Wilshire Blvd, +1-310-247-8277, [7]. M-Fr 10AM-6PM; Sa 10AM-7PM; S 12PM-6PM. Beverly Hills edition of the French fashion house offers upscale men and women's apparel, watches, shoes, fragrance and accessories with a distinct, "classic" style in both design and prevailing brand; somewhat like a European equivalent to Ralph Lauren.  edit
  • GEARYS Beverly Hills, 351 North Beverly Drive, +1-310-273-4741, [8]. M-SA 10AM-6PM; S 12PM-5PM. A Beverly Hills classic, GEARYS is known for providing some of the most luxurious in tabletop and jewelry to its customers. Featuring an extensive selection of china, crystal and silver along side a high-end collection of home decor and decorative items the GEARYS gift and wedding registry is a popular choice for brides seeking uncompromising service and unmatched selection. In addition to the 1930s Beverly Drive location, there is also an exclusive jewelry and watch boutique on Rodeo Drive.  edit
  • Hannspree, [9]. An electronics lover's paradise, this eclectic shop offers up television sets in the shape golf balls, apple, or a cows, among many other oddities. If you can't find what you want on display, create a personalized one.  edit
  • James Perse, [10]. It all started with a desire for the perfect baseball hat. Originally selling his designs from his father's store, James Perse has since opened his own stores specializing in basic T-shirts and an evolved California-style. Its flagship store is on Canon Drive in and houses a high-end home collection including cashmere blankets and bedding, an expanded intimates and loungewear line and the boardshorts and surf T-shirts evocative of his California upbringing.  edit
  • La Perla, [11]. Home to some of the most exclusive intimate apparel around, La Perla carries a large line of lingerie to complement - or complete - any outfit. It might not always be seen, but it's often the underpinnings to those red carpet fashions.  edit
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, on Wilshire Blvd, [12]. This has to be the most popular Saks store - it was the site of Winona Ryder's infamous shoplifting incident in 2001.  edit
  • Scandia Down Shop, [13]. Retailer of luxurious down blankets, linens, bedding, and bath apparel, their Beverly Hills location is not only a collection of these, but a repository of expert advice on restoration and cleaning of down bedding.  edit
  • Two Rodeo, (at Wilshire Blvd), [14]. A fusion of opulence and European design, the charming Two Rodeo is located in the heart of Beverly Hills' famous shopping district. Just three, very luxurious blocks long, Two Rodeo features an eclectic collection of restaurants, salons and boutiques: Urasawa, Cole Haan, Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, McCormick and Schmick's, Tiffany & Co. and Badgley Mischka to name a few.  edit
  • Valentino Boutique, 360 N Rodeo Dr, [15]. Purveyor of many of the dresses worn by Hollywood's women on Oscar night, this boutique is the Beverly Hills representative of Valentino fashion for both women and men.  edit
  • Mishima, 8474 W. Third St., +1 323-782-0181, [16]. Tasty and fairly cheap Japanese food, better known for its udon and soba dishes. It's in a strip mall across from the Beverly Center.  edit
  • Barney Greengrass, 9570 Wilshire Blvd (at Camden Dr), +1-310-777-5877. M-W 8:30AM-6PM, Th-F 8:30AM-7PM, Sa 9AM-7PM, Su 9AM-6PM. Perched atop the trendy Barney's New York, this isn't the average deli; here, the brisket sandwiches and bagels are served while surrounded by Hollywood agents and the well-heeled crowd who like to be seen as much as they like to eat tasty, deli-inspired food. Great view from the patio (perfect spot for a Sunday brunch) and the prices are relatively fair considering everything else at Barney's is very expensive.  edit
  • Enoteca Drago, 410 N. Canon Dr (at Brighton Way), +1-310-786-8236. Open daily 11AM-11PM. Already lauded for his popular Italian restaurants Drago and Il Pastaio, Celestino Drago's most recent entry, Enoteca Drago, serves up delicious pizzas, small plates and other authentic Italian dishes in a spacious, urbane atmosphere complete with an impressive wine bar.  edit
  • The Farm, 439 N. Beverly Dr (at Little Santa Monica Blvd), +1-310-273-5578, [17]. M-Th 7:30AM-9:30PM; Fr 7:30AM-10PM; Sa 8AM-10PM; Su 8AM-9:30PM. Situated on the bustling Beverly Dr., this cozy eatery has had a loyal clientele since its '97 debut and routinely packs in new converts for its American-style comfort food. Uncomplicated, but no less innovative and tasty salads, fish, meats, sandwiches and assorted entrees form an inviting menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ahi Three Ways (Seared Ahi with Pepper Corn, Crepe Wrapped Ahi, Ahi Tartar, Mixed Greens and a Warm Ponzu Sauce), Black & White Salmon, Breakfast Quesadilla, Applewood Smoked Bacon Sandwich and Three Cheese Ravioli are menu standouts. Prepare for an excellent bread assortment. The room is bright, airy and warm, presenting a taste of Americana with old farm utensils and folk art hanging on the muted-colored walls. Location equals waiting list for Saturday-Sunday brunch. But it's worth the wait. Most weeknights a reservation can be avoided. But this is Beverly Hills, so... Amazing brownies.  edit
  • Il Cielo, 9018 Burton Way (at Doheny Dr), +1-310-276-9990, [18]. Romantic, alfresco hideaway in Beverly Hills combines dreamy ambiance and fine, Italian cuisine. A steady favorite for those 'special occasions', the upscale restaurant features a fountain garden, with retractable glass roof, and fireplace for dining under the stars. Many come for the setting, but the Northern Italian menu features a variety of equally heartwarming main dishes and desserts.  edit
  • Kate Mantilini, 9101 Wilshire Blvd (at Doheny Dr), +1-310-278-3699. More than just the backdrop for the classic scene in the film "Heat" that featured Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro going mano e mano, Kate Mantilini is a Beverly Hills classic, serving up a monster menu of comfort food morning, noon and night since the '80s. The daily specials never disappoint and the menu is dotted with one great dish after another.  edit
  • La Scala, 434 N. Canon Dr (at Santa Monica Blvd), +1-310-275-0579. Original La Scala dominated the culinary scene (specifically Italian food) in Los Angeles of the '50s and '60s, yet the more recent embodiment of the eatery remains a hotbed for excellent Italian cuisine. The cozy environs, replete with red, vinyl booths, add to the pleasant experience. The venerable chopped salad remains a must-have.  edit
  • Mako, 225 S. Beverly Dr (at Charleville Blvd), +1-310-288-8338, [19]. M-Sa 6PM-10PM, W-Fr 12PM-2PM. Delicious and creative, the Asian-eclectic menu is served small plates style in a snug, minimalist dining room that is never without bustle. Chef Mako whips up truly scrumptious cuisine.  edit
  • Maple Drive, 345 N. Maple Dr, +1-310-274-9800, [20]. M-Fr 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 6PM-10PM. Part of the '80s culinary renaissance that hit Los Angeles, Maple Drive remains a fine destination for inventive (and quite appetizing) cuisine that is best described as California-eclectic. There's a very lively bar scene with a jazz trio adding the perfect soundtrack. Try the famous 'kick-ass chili.'  edit
  • Oliverio, 9400 Olympic Blvd (at Beverly Dr), +1-310-277-5221, [21]. Eating establishment inside the achingly trendy Avalon Hotel. The stylish indoor-outdoor tables share space with the hotel's pool, lively bar and its constant wave of partygoers and socialites. Lunch begets a more casual mood, whereas nighttime is primarily the right time as the hotel bar/pool/restaurant kicks into high gear. Food-wise, it's modern American cuisine galore and reaches a level of top-tier flavor one might not expect going in. Cool music, lounge-style vibe and good food makes for an enjoyable experience. The scallop and celery root risotto is a menu highlight.  edit
  • Porta Via, 424 N Canon Dr (at Brighton), +1-310-274-6534. Neighborhood bistro is a charming locale for breakfast, lunch and dinner; very cozy exterior/interior sets the stage for idyllic consumption of fresh salads, tasty sandwiches and other goodies. Not too pricey, which is nice.  edit
  • The Stinking Rose, 55 North La Cienega Blvd, +1-310-652-7673, [22]. A classy restaurant with a menu focused on garlic. Make sure to order the Bagna Calda as an appetizer. Also features vegetarian meals and meals without garlic. The more adventurous can try the garlic ice cream.  edit
  • Cafe Rodeo, 360 N. Rodeo Dr, +1-310-273-0300. Located inside the Luxe Hotel. It has outdoor dining that affords great people watching.  edit
  • Crustacean, 9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd (at Bedford Ave), +1-310-205-8990. From the moment the An family opened the doors to their posh, multi-level eatery in 1997, the Asian and Vietnamese-inspired menu has wowed food lovers – not too mention the interior design of the restaurant/bar, which blends an evocative Asian aesthetic with Hollywood style. The glamorous vibe and hot bar scene aside, it's the food that is the main draw, which features Dungeness crab, gigantic grilled tiger prawns, Sea Bass and the famous garlic noodles.  edit
  • Cut, 9500 Wilshire Blvd (at S. Rodeo), +1-310-276-8500. Ubiquitous Mr. Wolfgang Puck returns, this time to the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, with a steakhouse that has the town abuzz. Urbane service and top-shelf cuisine set the stage for a delicious, though pricey dining experience.  edit
  • The Grill on the Alley, 9560 Dayton Way (at Wilshire Blvd), +1-310-276-0615, [23]. M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, Fr-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Prominent, old school inspired steakhouse known for the Hollywood powerbrokers who power lunch in The Grill's sleek, leather banquettes, expense account credit card in hand. With a bar perfectly situated upon entering, there is a nice emphasis on cocktail culture to go along with the juicy steaks, fish and seafood and other classic dishes. The décor is decidedly masculine, with an east coast (think Manhattan) tenor permeating the usually noisy room. A phenomenal menu top to bottom.  edit
  • Jaan, 9291 Burton Way (inside Raffles L'Ermitage hotel), +1-310-278-3344, [24]. 6AM-11PM daily. French-Asian cooking. Lavish surroundings. Both points come together is an inspired hotel dining experience inside the Raffles L'Ermitage. Guests can feast or relax on the patio around the fireplace or next to a lighted waterfall. Jaan (the word is Cambodian for dish or bowl) menu changes monthly, alternating between diverse flavors and cuisine styles.  edit
  • La Dolce Vita, 9785 Santa Monica Blvd (at Wilshire Blvd), +1-310-278-1845, [25]. M-Sa 5PM-2AM. This celebrated Italian eatery in Beverly Hills dates back almost 50 years and is a throwback to the good, old days in Los Angeles when folks actually dressed up for a night on the town. The place was a hotbed for the who's who. The décor remains dark and sophisticated, highlighted by the classic brick walls, adorned with glossies of Hollywood legends. Step inside and one might close their eyes and feel the presence of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin holding court in one of the plush booths. And apparently, as research points out, every president since Kennedy has enjoyed a fine meal at La Dolce Vita. Nostalgia and presidential history aside, the food remains delightful; lasagna, veal, steak, capellini, risotto, linguini and so on – it's all here and it's quite superb.  edit
  • Mastro's, 246 N. Cañon Dr (at Wilshire Blvd), +1-310-888-8782, [26]. Expert mix of classic steakhouse, chic bar scene and well-heeled denizens makes for one heck of a dining experience; that it's located smack dab in the center of glitzy Beverly Hills only seems apropos once you step inside. Two lounges, one upstairs and one down, buffer the main dining room, which features a menu touting wonderful steak selections, as well as seafood and chicken. Side dishes demand top billing, too. The upstairs lounge is quite a scene, with a pianist crooning standards and bartenders whipping up endless orders of martinis for a showy crowd. The whole place operates at high speed, but the old school-meets-modern elegance ambiance, which is appealing in its own right, never overshadows the real star of the show – the food.  edit
  • Matsuhisa, 129 N La Cienega Blvd, +1-310-659-9639, [27]. Better known for his Nobu restaurants, this is the original restaurant of Nobu Matsuhisa, one of the most influential sushi chefs in the world. Truly fantastic.  edit
  • Mr. Chow, 344 N. Camden Dr, +1-310-278-9911, [28]. Famed, ultra-chic Chinese eatery built upon the egos and expense accounts of celebrities, wanna-be celebrities, Hollywood busybodies and the in-crowd. Since opening in 1974, Mr. Chow has remained a culinary heavyweight in the pantheon of Los Angeles dining, not too mention the enduring allure it has for the A-list. Austere in design, with trademark black and white checkerboard floor and tiny tables bunched close together, the dining room is always bustling, still channeling the 'café society' vibe restaurant founder Michael Chow instilled in the place from when it opened. There are now Mr. Chow restaurants in London, New York, and coming soon, Las Vegas. Do try the Drunken Fish.  edit
  • The Prime Grill, 421 N. Rodeo Dr (at the Rodeo Collection), +1-310-860-1233, [29]. Already ensconced in New York City, the decidedly original 'kosher steakhouse' now lands on Rodeo Dr. And not only does the upscale steakhouse cater to hungry, kosher-adhering carnivores, they also specialize in sushi. The décor is vibrant and bright with purple curtains, and modern yellow and green cushioned lounge chairs. The restaurant has a gorgeous cabana along with an indoor-outdoor lounge and bar, large main dining room and private room.  edit
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House, 224 S. Beverly Dr, +1-310-859-8744, [30]. Always busy, it seems, at this steakhouse chain, which sits comfortably on the lively Beverly Dr. The sizzling filet mignon, rib eye, New York strip, T-bone and porterhouse stand center stage on the menu, which features all sorts of delicious side dishes. The place is dark and busy and the noted cocktails fight for space on most tables. It's a chain, sure, but remains a consistent winner for great food and atmosphere.  edit
  • Spago, 176 N. Cañon Dr, +1-310-385-0880, [31]. Wolfgangs Puck's flagship is worth a splurge, and you can say you ate at the real deal. The food is excellent, the decor (designed by his wife) is terrific, and Wolfgang himself often stops by if he's in town.  edit
  • Urasawa, 218 North Rodeo Dr (near Wilshire Blvd), +1-310-247-8939. When Masa Takayama relocated to New York, his assistant, Hiro Urasawa took over the space. The space still has the most expensive restaurant in California, but it's well worth it for sushi fanatics.  edit
  • Sprinkles, 9635 Little Santa Monica Blvd, +1-310-274-8765 (), [32]. M-Sa 9AM-7PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Featured on television shows like Good Morning America and the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sprinkles is the place in Los Angeles to get gourmet cupcakes. This increasingly popular dessert takes one of America's favorite baked desserts to a whole new level, offering 10 varieties a day, 5 of which are always available and the remaining 5 of which varies from day to day. Flavors range from the basic (milk chocolate or strawberry) to the exotic (ginger lemon or chai latte). The shop is hugely popular, but also a bit pricey (at $3.25 a pop), so if indulgent desserts are your thing, be sure to make a quick stop here. $3.25/each, $36/dozen.  edit
  • Trader Vic's, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, +1 310 285-1300, [33]. New location at the Beverly Hills Hilton poolside bar. Great exotic drinks and Polynesian tropical modern decor. With a laid back bar environment that flows on to a patio/pool area.  edit
  • Backstage Café, 9433 Brighton Way (at Beverly Dr.). +1 310-777-0252. [34]. Open daily 4pm-2am. Situated deep in the heart of Beverly Hills, amongst the designer boutiques and trendy restaurants, Backstage Café is low-key with a rock n' roll vibe. It's said various celebrities desperate to fly (re: drink) below the radar away from fans and paparazzi drop by time to time to blend in with the darkened room and moody red interior, but that aside, it's a cool, uncomplicated bar; a nice place to get a drink and chill. The music selections are quite choice as well.
  • Bar Noir, 140 Lasky Drive. +1 310-281-4000. [35]. A cozy, though supremely stylish bar in the equally stylish Maison 140, a 43-room luxury boutique hotel tucked away on a side street in Beverly Hills. Enjoy fancy cocktails or traditional libations amidst the candlelight and achingly seductive décor. It's serves as both prime option for first-daters or those who desire an intimate, low-key spot to cuddle up with a warm body and tasty beverage.
  • Writer's Bar, 9291 Burton Way (at Elm Dr.). +1 310-278-3344. Open daily 11am-2am. [36]. Not sure how many actual writers are on the premises working on a novel or screenplay, but the Writer's Bar – inside the swanky Raffles L'Ermitage hotel – definitely hosts a recurrent assemblage of Hollywood types (re: agents, executives) and those who like to see-and-be-seen. Still, the easygoing vibe and cool, sophisticated environment keeps the bar relatively mellow, even when it's crowded – which it usually is. In all the spacious design and warm, comfy décor' (two fireplaces!) makes it a fine place to relax and socialize.
  • The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, +1-310-274-7777, [37]. Walk to Rodeo, enjoy the restaurants along the way. Be sure to stop at the Buena Vista Cigar Club and say hello to Rigo - ask him to make a recommendation and enjoy a good smoke. Or stay in your room and order up room service and be treated like royalty. Circa 55 in the hotel has a delicious roasted crispy duck, or you can walk next door to Trader Vics and enjoy a Mai Tai made right. You may not spot a celebrity here, but you will definitely be treated like one.  edit
  • The Carlyle Inn, 1119 South Robertson Blvd, +1-310-275-4445 (toll free: +1-800-322-7595), [38]. Suite accommodations.  edit
  • The Crescent Beverly Hills, 403 N. Crescent Blvd, +1-310-247-0505, [39]. A modern hotel originally built for silent film stars in 1926. Has a trendy on-site restaurant.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills, 1150 South Beverly Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-553-6561, [40]. Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills is a family friendly luxury boutique hotel within walking distance to Rodeo Drive that offers exclusive vacation package deals.  edit
  • Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Dr, +1-310-860-7800, [41]. Has an on-site spa.  edit
  • Travel east on Santa Monica Boulevard through West Hollywood - it's pretty obvious that this is the gateway to Hollywood.
  • West on Santa Monica Boulevard is Century City.
  • West on Santa Monica Boulevard also leads to where else but - Santa Monica. Beautiful beaches, and of course the Santa Monica Pier.
  • South on Robertson Boulevard leads to Culver City, which has been recently having a resurgence of nightclubs and bars.
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  1. A city within Los Angeles, California.







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