Affluent doesn’t even begin to describe these two exclusive neighborhoods that offer lush hillside surroundings and panoramic sweeping views of the entire LA Basin. Filled with mega mansions and sprawling estates that regularly fetch eight-figure sums, Bel-Air (including the gated Bel-Air Crest) and Holmby Hills are home to countless celebs, industry execs, and yup, even the Playboy Mansion. In addition to architecturally significant properties from A. Quincy Jones, Richard Neutra, and Wallace Neff, there are stunning contemporary constructions from XTEN Architecture, Quinn Architects, and McClean Design, among others. Locals enjoy taking in performances at nearby UCLA’s Royce Hall, descending into Brentwood for steaks at Baltaire and pasta at Toscana, and strolling the idyllic grounds of the 12-acre Hotel Bel-Air where you’ll find swans in the lake and A-listers in the bar.
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