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Bel-Air / Holmby Hills

A ritzy, quiet residential enclave perched above the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

This wealthy neighborhood is anchored by two stately entrance gates off Sunset Boulevard, leading to lush winding streets lined with lavish mansions and expensive cars. It has been a long time sanctuary for celebrities and entertainment executives including President Reagan, Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Taylor, and ZsaZsa Gabor. It is also home to the landmark Hotel Bel-Air, the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club, and the infamous Playboy Mansion – the latter of which recently sold for a record-breaking $100 million. Together with Beverly Hills, these three areas make up the Platinum Triangle, and offer some of the most spectacular homes in all of Southern California.

Not surprisingly, there are no apartment buildings or ranch homes here, only large, beautiful single-family homes with high privacy hedges and expansive private estates. It has one of the highest median incomes in the county, but is not a particularly diverse community. One bright note is that despite its celebrity population, it doesn’t get the waves of tour buses like Beverly Hills, and is a rather quiet residential area. There are a few dining and shopping options here, and the nearby areas of Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Westwood offer plenty more. The Beverly Glen Centre offers a local market, Jayde’s, where you can grab a quick roast chicken for dinner or a smoothie on the run. There is also Vibrato Grill, owned by music icon Herb Alpert, a great venue that features big-name live jazz acts and the perfect place to grab a meal or drink and enjoy.

Best Cup of Joe Parable Coffee Lounge

Best Grub Segreto Ristorante

Best Cocktails Vibrato’s Grill & Jazz

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