Home of many motion pictures stars, Bel Air is a neighborhood of history and wealth in Westside Los Angeles. It has been a popular location for filming and President Ronald Reagan retired here after leaving the Oval Office. Bel Air is known for its three distinct communities: Upper Bel Air, East Gate Old Bel Air, and West Gate Bel Air.
This affluent neighborhood was founded by Alphonzo Bell in 1923 who purchased a large ranch on what is now known as Bel Air Road. After developing the property he divided it up into substantial residential lots. His wife, who in 1931 founded the Bel Air Garden Club, chose Italian names for the streets in this new community. Bel Air went on to become part of the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles along with Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills.
You won’t find any multi-family complexes here because ordinances do not allow it. Architectural styles are protected along with lot sizes to keep the area preserved. There are multi-million dollar mansions here as well as modest ranch-style houses. Smaller lots and houses are generally found higher up the mountain. There are two main entrances to Bel Air out of several. You’ll find access through the East Gate at Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevard. The West Gate is across from an UCLA entrance on Sunset Boulevard and Bellagio Road.
Bel Air offers the best in education. Besides the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) it is also the home of the American Jewish University. For pre-collegiate students there are four private schools and two public facilities. The public system is run by the Los Angeles Unified School District and Bel Air has access to Roscomare Road Elementary, one of the highest ranked in the state.
Whenever Bel Air is mentioned people think of the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Although the sitcom was set in that neighborhood the outside shots were taken from Brentwood. Many other films and TV shows were filmed here or based on this area including Beverly Hillbillies which was shot on 750 Bel Air Road. Problems arose when tourists started coming onto the property to see “Granny”, so residents refused to allow anymore filming. One of the premier events in California is the Bel Air Film Festival, held originally in 2008.
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