Getting yourself acquainted
If you want to spend 20-75 million dollars on an estate, Bel-Air is for you. There are typically a dozen estates on the market in the 25-50 million dollar range and as many – if not more – that are pocket listings off the market that well exceed the 50 million dollar price range.
Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills make up what is known as LA’s Platinum Triangle. The neighborhood has long provided sanctuary for the most wealthy and private moguls of politics, business and entertainment (President Reagan, Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor… the list of residents is endless). The community is anchored by its two gates on Sunset Blvd. which lead into the neighborhood (the East and West gate). And while it’s possible to buy a home in Bel-Air for 2-3 million, the typical price will be closer to starting at $10,000,000 and going up from there.
Bel Air Neighborhood Statistics
Bel Air Crime
As one might expect, crime in Bel Air is rare, especially violent crimes. According to areavibes.com, the crime index (Violent & Property) in Bel Air, CA is 60% lower than it is in Los Angeles, CA. This makes Bel Air safer than 85% of the neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Spotcrime.com is a great resource for those who are interested in viewing crime statistics in cities across America. This site allows you to search crimes by address or city. It also categories crimes in the area, making it easier to identify when thefts, burglaries, and vandalism can be a problem in a neighborhood. The site also specifies things like shootings and arrests.
Bel Air Schools
As one might expect, Bel Air residents send their kids to private schools. There are no lack of them in and around the city, either. Harvard-Westlake and Marymount High School are among the finest learning institutions in California while schools like Berkeley Hall, Brentwood School & The Archer School For Girls offer students a unique, top-notch education experience.
There are 3 public schools in Bel Air; Community Magnet Charter Elementary, Roscomare Elementary & Warner Avenue Elementary – each of these schools has an Academic Performance Rank of ‘10’, the highest possible.
Bel Air Parks & Libraries
Bel Air has some of the most beautiful tree-lined streets in Los Angeles and the local parks & libraries are top-notch. The Stone Canyon Overlook & Getty View Park are two of the region’s most popular parks and offer great opportunities to enjoy a hike with a great view.
Beverly Glen Park is also a location that many Bel Air residents frequent, but can be a bit hard to access since it is surrounded by large segments of privately owned property.
There are no public libraries in Bel Air, but Westwood and UCLA are a 5 minute drive down Sunset. The Donald Bruce Kaufman library in Brentwood and Westwood Library on Glendon Ave. are two public libraries within a short drive from Bel Air.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
One of the true architectural landmarks of Southern California, the Getty Center is located high in the hills overlooking Brentwood and just across the 405 freeway from Bel Air. Part of the experience in visiting The Getty lies in the voyage you must take to get there - with most visitors opting to take the three-car tram from the parking garage.
Bel Air Restaurants
While Bel Air itself doesn’t have any true restaurant options, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills & Santa Monica are all within driving distance and offer great culinary options. Bel Air residents appreciate the finer in life and the cuisine in the surrounding high-rent regions offer ample opportunities for gastronomes to sample some of the best food in California, the west coast, and the world.
Wolfgang Puck At Bel Air Hotel
701 Stone Canyon Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90077
The Hotel Bel Air is one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in the world. Wolfgang Pucks restaurant and bar, which is set within the lovely 12 acres of the hotel grounds, offers incredible culinary delights. The restaurant offers dining options on its picturesque terrace (overlooking a swan lake), a lovely dining room or a more cause bar or lounge area.
Bel Air Bar & Grill
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
Owned by Susan Disney Ward, niece of Walt Disney, this family friendly restaurant and wine bar offers great food options at a reasonable price (for the neighborhood). If you don’t have time to dine in the restaurant, go to the “shack in the back” for some quick eats to go.
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
11640 W San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, California 90049
Celebrated japanese chef Kazunori Nozawa offers some of the finest sushi in California from this location near Bel Air, CA. This isn’t your average sushi spot, no tempura or elaborate rolls to speak of, just fresh, raw ingredients served with a painstaking attention to detail. Order the “trust me” or “omakase” style for a real treat.
If you're looking to buy or sell a house in Bel Air, or are just curious about the neighborhood, contact Johnny Johnston at (323)207.9521. For us, this is one of the neighborhoods in Los Angeles, where if you're going to be looking at real estate, it's imperative that you have a connected realtor - because so much of the market is 'black-market' or off-market, you need someone who knows the players.