Bel Air Neighborhoods:
Bel Air Casiano (sometimes referred to as Upper Casiano), Bel Air Crest, Bel Air Estates, Beverly Glen, Glenridge, Lower Casiano, Moraga Drive, Moraga Place.
In 1920, Alphonzo E. Bell founded the region known as Bel Air. Bel Air is the ultimate in California lifestyle. Wherever one looks, there are amazing homes and estates with tree lined streets that line the famous Sunset Boulevard. Bel Air, being just 10 square miles, is truly unique and considered to be one of America’s most prestigious addresses. Bel Air is situated at the apex of Los Angeles’s famous Westside, with the Mulholland corridor and Santa Monica Mountains to the north, Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills to the east, and Westwood and UCLA to the south. To the west, is where many Bel Air estates and homes look out to the renowned Getty Center Museum. Homes and estates in Bel Air have always and will continue to rank in the top tier in regards to value and price.
Bel Air is home to many of the “Who’s Who” of the business, media, and of course, the entertainment world. Elvis Presley resided in numerous Bel Air homes throughout his life. The exclusive Bel Air Country Club offers one of the most amazing golf challenges on the West Coast, and the Hotel Bel Air is ranked as one of the leading luxury small hotels in the world. It is nestled in one of the canyons and arroyos that lead down from the Santa Monica Mountains.
Interestingly, one of the world’s most famous boutiquevineyards – Moraga Vineyards, is located in Bel Air. It homes 16 acres of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay grapes. Moraga Vineyards is located on Bel Air’s western side, on Moraga Drive.
Various neighborhoods make up the Bel Air area. Upper Bel Air offers some of the most beautiful properties complete with spectacular views. This portion of Bel Air is accessible through West Gate and its main roads are Benedict Canyon, Beverly Glen, Roscomare Road, and Stradella. Homes up near Mulholland Drive usually have smaller lots but make up for it by the lush landscaping.
Just above Sunset Blvd and nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains is the area known as Lower Bel Air. This region is accessible through East Gate and its main roads are Chalon Road, St. Cloud, Stone Canyon, St. Pierre, and Strada Court. A number of these homes have views of the Bel Air Golf Course and they tend to be executive homes or mansions built on multi-acres.
There are only a small number of apartments and offices in Bel Air and there are only two neighborhood shopping centers in the community – The Glenridge Center (on Mulholland Dr. and Beverly Glen) and one on Roscomare. For the serious shopper, luckily Bel Air is situated right next door to Beverly Hills, Century City, and Sherman Oaks, which are filled with some of the finest shops in the world.
Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council
1525 Sepulveda Blvd. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90025
or phone @ 310.472.9872
Bel Air Casiano (sometimes referred to as Upper Casiano) is a gated community that has 145 single-family homes. It overlooks the Getty Museum while sitting atop the beautiful mountain crest. It is located just off of Mulholland Drive, where many of the homes sit on large lots with breathtaking views and wide streets. Bel Air Casiano has no through-traffic and is adjacent to the well-known American Jewish University and Stephen S. Wise Synagogue.
Developed in the Santa Monica Mountains, Bel Air Crest is one of the most exclusive residential areas in the United States. It is a 285 planned-home urban development with a 24-hour guard-gated community. It is located equal distance between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside and is just two miles north of Sunset Boulevard.
Bel Air Crest is made up of two residential sections - the Custom Homes and the Canyon Homes sections. The Custom Home Community features homes ranging from 9,000-15,000 square feet on 16,000- 30,000 square foot-sized lots. A number of these homes have tennis courts, swimming pools, and magnificent ocean and canyon views.
The Canyon Homes, located in the northern section against the Santa Monica Mountains, are comprised of six floor plans, ranging between 2,500 and 4,500 sq. feet. Some of the Canyon Homes, in the southern area of Bel Air Crest, offer amazing views of the canyons
with average lot sizes of 8,000 sq. ft.
Bel Air Crest is an active community that holds an annual BAC Barbeque, a Halloween Party, a Spring Easter Egg Hunt, and other activities throughout the year. Also, the community is blessed with two paddle tennis courts, three regular tennis courts, a children's playground, a small pitch/putt course, and basketball courts. The BAC Clubhouse has a large "great room" with a professional catering kitchen that can be used for meetings and private parties. The clubhouse also has a fully equipped gymnasium, pool, and spa. Safety, as well as quietness is insured, considering that most streets in Bel Air Crest are cul-de-sacs. This is one of the Westside's most desirable communities and it's no wonder why.
Bel Air Estates is located north of Sunset Boulevard within the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. There are three main roads that allow access to the estates, Bellagio/Roscomare Road, Benedict Canyon Drive, and Beverly Glen Road. All three roads are curvy and windy; near the top of the ridge, they connect to Mulholland Drive which conveniently allows access to Sherman Oaks and the rest of the San Fernando Valley.
Bel Air Estates is situated on 180 acres of adjacent land to the airport. The Bel Air Estates is a fly-in, residential community, which houses 140 homes. This community began development in 1994 and in 4 years was sold out. One hundred of the 140 sites have access to the airport by means of various taxiways.
Most of the homes are upscale houses hidden behind grand gates or large hedges. These estates tend to be executive homes or mansions. The world renowned Bel Air Hotel is located in this area known as Stone Canyon, as well as the Bel Air Country Club. Many of the homes in this area are large and private with spectacular views of the golf course. Most of the properties are two to four acre plots with enormous mansions.
Not only does Bel Air Estates have single family residences, they have now constructed 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums located next to the 7-acre lake. Although these condos do not have taxiway accessibility, hangar space will be available for those purchasing a condo. The buyer is also able to customize their own floor plan in order to accommodate one's needs.
Beverly Glen, also known as "the Glen," is home to the elite, such as entertainment industry types, lawyers, doctors, and anyone else who is able to afford it. It is part of the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, where its length runs three miles from the top of the canyon at Mulholland Drive all the way to its entrance at Sunset Boulevard.
Beverly Glen is extremely close to UCLA and Wilshire Boulevard and is situated just on the other side of the hill from the San Fernando Valley. There are a plethora of styles that make up the houses in this community; custom-built mansions stand right next to architecturally significant houses and square-like homes are built right into the sides of the hills. This area has a unique-almost country feel.
One of Beverly Glen's negative aspects is that Beverly Glen Boulevard is often used by drivers trying to avoid the 405 Freeway. This means heavy traffic flow because of its relation to the Westside and the Valley.
One of the area's most popular dining establishments is the elegant, Four Oaks restaurant, which has been in business for more than 20 years. Locals frequently eat at the trendy eateries and shop at the stores at the top of the canyon at the Glen Center. Annually, the community puts on a street fair in June and a garden walk and brunch.
In Beverly Glen, The Los Angeles Unified School District has two highly reputable elementary schools: Warner Avenue Elementary and Roscomare Road Elementary. According to the latest statistics available at the California Department of Education Web site, their 2010 Academic Performance Index scores are 963 and 955, respectively, on a scale of 1,000.
In 1976, the Glenridge Homeowners Association was formed; it is comprised of 377 residential homes which are located on roughly 100 acres. The Association's recreational facility features a club house, gym, private park, 7 tennis courts, 1 tennis pro shop, 1 Jacuzzi, and 2 pools.
- Glenridge Homeowners Association
- 2760 Claray Drive
- Bel Air, CA 90077
- Telephone: 310.475.7812
- Fax: 310.474.7752
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If you're looking for a rustic, ranch-style environment to call your home, Lower Casiano is the perfect choice to suit your desires. This area is just minutes from the Getty Museum and these 83 homes have spectacular views of the mountains and some homes even have great ocean views. The neighborhood is well-maintained and many lots feature large, old, oak and maple trees.
Situated near the 405 freeway, Moraga Drive is also just steps away from the Getty Museum. This community is comprised of 49 ranch-style homes, which are mostly one- and two-stories. Many of these homes have been remodeled or rebuilt within the last 20 years. Moraga Drive gives the feeling of being country while in the city. Wherever you look there are manicured lawns, hovering trees, and the absence of sidewalks. Surprisingly, nine acres of the world-famous Moraga Vineyards is found within this quaint area of Bel Air.
At the end of Moraga Drive is a 24-hour gated community that was partially developed from the famous estate of filmmaker Howard Keck in the 1940s-60s. Across from the Getty and tucked away in a canyon, this community was developed mostly in the late 1980s. There are 33 homes, most of which sit on large lots (1/2 acre or more) and usually have tennis courts and pools. The majority is two and three-story
Mediterranean-style homes whose residents are celebrities and real estate moguls.
Moraga Sepulveda Business Area
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