With one of the most recognizable zip codes in the country, Beverly Hills was named after Beverly Farms in Massachusetts. In 1919 you would have been 1 of 600 residents. But for the past 70 years the population has remained around 30,000. Home of some of the most expensive “things” you might ever consider owning. In 1906 the first land was sold where you could build any kind of custom home you desired. Today, Beverly Hills is recognized as the most expensive real estate in the country, with a median home price of $2.2 million.
A major tourist attraction to the city is Rodeo Drive. It’s home to some of the most exclusive shops in the world; some requiring reservations and a first-visit minimum dollar spend. Bring your black Amex card when you walk into stores like Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, and many more. You can walk the famed Drive between Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. Bring your camera and say hi to the paparazzi when you see them.
The mansion is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and is open to the public. The largest family mansion in Beverly Hills, it sits on 12.5 acres. A total of 67 rooms make up more than 46,000 sq. ft. Construction began in 1926 with a total price tag of more than $3 million. The city, which acquired the property in 1965, today hosts many functions at the mansion. “There Will Be Blood” and “Spiderman” are some of the more than 35 films made on location.
A rich history dating back to its construction in 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel has hosted stars and dignitaries. It’s been said that million dollar deals have been made at this hotel. If only the walls could talk! Howard Hughes lived as a recluse in the bungalows at the hotel in the 40’s, ordering the staff to hide his roast beef sandwiches in the trees. The Rat Pack were regulars at The Polo Lounge. With all this history it’s worth bellying up to the bar for a drink to pay your respects to times gone by.