Beverly Hills is an independent city within the City of Los Angeles that consists of 5.71 square miles of land nestled between West Hollywood to the east and Westwood to the west. Bordered to the south by Beverlywood and Century City. It also extends northward towards the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Crest, and Bel-Air.
This world-famous up-scale city contains some of the most luxurious (and expensive!) homes in the country with a median value of over $1 million. Beverly Hills has a population of nearly 35,000 residents. However, thanks to a thriving business and commercial base, the daytime population is estimated to expand to over 150,000 people. As of 2012, housing units in Beverly Hills numbered 16,694 with just over 40% of those being owner-occupied. Beverly Hills has its own school district and its schools are some of the best in the nation.
The City of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914. Landscape architect, Wilbur D. Cook, designed Beverly Hills to look uniformly beautiful with wide, tree-lined streets, fountains, and parks. Beverly Gardens Park even spans the length of the city. Long home to Hollywood’s elite and famous, Beverly Hills’ star-appeal began when Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford built their mansion here in 1919. Soon after, movie stars began flocking to Beverly Hills and building their own luxurious homes in the city. One famouse estate–the 55-room Greystone Mansion and the surrounding grounds–was even purchased by the city and preserved as a public park.
Beverly Hills is world-renowned for luxury shopping and dining. The famous Rodeo Drive, with over 100 different stores, boutiques, and hotels, is recognisable as the setting for many classic movie scenes- most notably in the film, Pretty Woman. There is no doubt that Beverly Hills lives up to its reputation as a world-class destination where residents and visitors alike can live, eat, shop, play, and soak in the glitz and glamour of all that the city has to offer.