Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Beverly Hills is the upscale part of Los Angeles where you will find the great mansions and star houses. Though your won't see much as the mansions are usually very well protected against people's eyes, with high fences and gates, no one can go to Los Angeles without driving around that area.
Maybe you will be lucky and spot some star coming in or out of his/her house!
I would really recommend doing a tour of the stars homes while in Los Angeles. It's worth the money. It's costs approx $100. You can pick up a leaflet about this called LA tours at any hotel. The stars homes you can see are Jack Nicolson, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Le Blanc, Aaron Spelling, jackie Chan, Jennifer Garner and many many more!
It is fun to drive aimless around Beverly Hills. There are many beautiful mansions and you never know who you may see. Otherwise, you can buy a map of who stay where and start to try to find those homes where the stars are probably at work or staying in their other homes at other locations.
Anywhere there is a feel of Hollywood in the air. Just as the day when TV series Beverly "Hillbillies" who struck oil and roll into town.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is a legend in Los Angeles and it really deserves a visit, even if you aren't staying there. You can go for a drink like I did and have a very nice afternoon or evening at the bar of the hotel.
By the time w were there the weather was gorgeous so we had a wonderful "margarita" in the outdoor of the Polo Lounge Bar. It's beautiful, surrounded by flowers everywhere, with a very nice and romantic atmosphere. They usually play jazz music in the afternoons. The hotel is awsome and the gardens very manicured and well cared. Service at the bar was superb!
Really top class neighborhood. The shops were so frightening, that even Fernanda decided to stay out of them. Honestly, she did!
Fortunately, they didn't charge for looking from outside, and I escaped without financial blessings. But it really worth the trip, admiring the perfection, cleanliness, and safety of everything.
Life would be perfect, with such quality at Portuguese prices.
There are several areas of Beverly Hills that are worth exploring: My favorite place to spend time is the shopping area around Beverly Dr. and Rodeo Dr. There is ample, free (for 2 hours) parking in nearby garages, so you’re free to wander the area on foot. Beverly Dr., both north and south of Wilshire Bl., has a series of great shops and restaurants. You’ll find Pottery Barn, Victoria’s Secret, Williams Sonoma, Anthropologie and several familiar retail stores. In addition, there are more unique places like XIV Carats and Auntie Barbara’s Antiques. I recommend a number of restaurants on Beverly Dr: French Country Café, Il Fornaio, The Farm and Chin Chin are all fantastic. Afterward, stop by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for an ice blended. The shops on Rodeo Bl. are more for window-shopping. Ogle the goods at Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Prada and Gucci. Be sure to walk through the little plaza at 2 Rodeo (above Tiffany’s). The McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant there is really delicious and a great place to sit outside and people-watch.
Across from Rodeo Dr, check out the gorgeous Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel (which you’ll recognize from the movie “Pretty Woman”). Walk a little further west and you’ll run into Barney’s New York (home to the excellent restaurant Barney Greengrass) and Saks Fifth Avenue (where Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting). Further west still, you’ll find Bridal Images, an elegant bridal salon and finally, at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd., CAA (the talent agency that represents many of the most famous actors in Hollywood). Check out the enormous Lichtenstein painting in the lobby.
For a good photo op, you’ll find the “Welcome to Beverly Hills” sign at the intersection of Santa Monica Bl. and Doheny. Continue west on Santa Monica Bl. and you’ll see the lovely Beverly Hills Presbyterian and Church of the Good Shepherd (where many notables attend church and where Frank Sinatra’s funeral was recently held).
Beverly Hills is probably the most famous wealthy neighborhood in the world. Numerous movies (Pretty Woman, Clueless, etc.) and TV shows (Beverly Hills, 90210) have made the neighborhood a household name. Tourists should drive around Beverly Hills (as the name denotes, the higher you go in the hills, the nicer the mansions and estates get) to get a feel for the place. Many celebrities, CEOs, and other wealthy people live in this extremely expensive zipcode. One of the best places for views in Beverly Hills is on the famous Mullholland Drive. Another great place to take a look inside Beverly Hill's exclusivity is to drive to Summitridge and Beverly, where you can park your car and see a view of the Beverly Gate Estates - which is one of the most exclusive communities in the world (and securely gated off at the very end of Summitridge and Beverly).
This is city hall in Beverly Hills, remarkable because it's so different looking from the normal modern steel and glass you associate with Beverly Hills. This building really stands out, which is why I was compelled to show you this picture.
I drove into Beverly Hills via Sunset Blvd, & I got the chance to see all of those beautiful houses. This is Bev: great expensive houses, palm trees. A big WOW from this NY boy!
Drive a little bit further down Sunset Blvd toward UCLA, and buy a map to the stars houses. I bet most of them probably live behind giant gates...but I'm sure they're quite nice gates. Expensive gates too.
When we drove to Beverly Hills we thought it was rather stricking to see that the closer we came to Beverly Hills the streets were getting cleaner and the dry and dusty LA scenery changed into a beautiful oasis of green grass and diverse trees. We noticed that every street in Beverly Hills has its own specie of tree.
You won't miss entering Beverly Hills because of the famous sign. Driving through the hills you'll see solemny and also remote houses. Not many famous people live her anymore, although we did see the houses of Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger and Gregory Peck. We were also shown where Kirk Douglas, Elvis Presley and Barbara Streisant had lived on Celebrity Row. Another must see is the Spectacular 22-acre Greystone Park and Mansion. Dating to 1927, Greystone Manor is the largest home ever built in Beverly Hills.
Home to the rich and famous, Beverly Hills is an independent city within Los Angeles County. It is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. The centre of Beverly Hills, in the area surrounding Rodeo Drive, is an upscale business district with great restaurants and shopping, albeit the most expensive in LA County. North and south of the business district are beautiful residential neighbourhoods, but the area furthest north has the largest mansions and estates where many of the Hollywood movie stars live. Although it has a reputation for being a snobby neighbourhood with more plastic surgery than is considered normal, Beverly Hills is undeniably beautiful and spending time here, whether or not one has the money to spare, is a rather pleasant experience. On Sunset Boulevard is the famous and infamous Beverly Hotel (see photos).
Top things to see & do:
1- Rodeo Drive and the surrounding shopping district;
2- Mansions of the rich and famous of Beverly Hills;
3- The Beverly Hills Hotel;
4- Greystone Mansion.
Ideally tucked between Southern California’s cooling ocean beaches and sunny mountain foothills, Beverly Hills lies along the north-western edge of Los Angeles. From world-class shopping on Rodeo Drive and boutique openings to family day activities at the Farmers’ Market, concerts in the parks and Civic Center Plaza, Beverly Hills has an array of activities available for visitors to experience.
Welcome to Beverly Hills, home to the beautiful people, and their beautiful cars. Why they let me in, I'll never know!
This is the place to walk around & spend LOTS of money. Then, hang out, get a bite to eat and something to drink, and do some star gazing. Who knows, maybe a star will gaze back at you-hey, you're beautiful too!
It's one of the signature places to go, especially on a beautiful So Cal day! It would have been cool to have a convertable, though!!!
Beverly Hills is a city situated near Los Angeles that become famous because a lot of actors and actresses have their houses here. If you have a good tourist guide you can find more of their nice houses!!!! If you have a lot of money to spend or if you want to see very good think you must go to Rodeo Road.
While in Los Angeles, you should drive through the opulent neighbourhoods of Beverly Hills. Drive down Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds. Walk along the famous and filthy rich Rodeo Drive. Stop in at the Museum of Television and Radio for a private screening of classic episodes of your alltime favourite childhood tv shows. The library has quite a selection to choose from. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. The Museum is located at 465 N. Beverly Drive at Little Santa Monica Blvd.