A luxury suburban development turned into one of L.A.’s most exclusive, scenic, and prestigious neighborhoods.

Welcome to Bel Air

One of the most scenic and tranquil locations in Los Angeles, Bel Air is known for opulent architecture, estate properties, custom-built mansions, and ultra-exclusive gated communities. It was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell, an oil magnate who set aside the land for luxury suburban construction. The prestigious project and hillside location attracted elite newcomers, and Bel Air has retained its reputation of affluence and grandeur ever since.

Because it's nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, residents enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings. The neighborhood itself is beautiful and picturesque, with lush greenery, tree-lined streets, manicured lawns, and ornately-decorated gates and fences. While it's private and secluded, Bel Air is prime location in between the beach and West Hollywood, neighboring to Brentwood on one side and Beverly Hills on the other.

What to Love

  • Gated communities offering privacy
  • Great private schools
  • A quiet and serene atmosphere
  • Luxury Bel Air real estate in a prime location
  • Hilltop properties with breathtaking natural scenery
  • Custom-build homes and one-of-a-kind architecture
  • Bordering Westwood with UCLA and UCLA Hospital

Local Lifestyle - Living in Bel Air

Bel Air offers a quiet and sophisticated lifestyle. It’s synonymous with privilege and luxury. The hillside location helps restrict access, and its elite and celebrity residents value privacy and security. The streets are quiet, with little foot traffic due to the uneven geography and winding roads. While it’s ultra-exclusive, Bel Air residents are known to engage in philanthropic undertakings, and this helps foster a strong sense of community.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Bel Air

Set in a spectacular garden setting, The Hotel Bel-Air is a favorite for locals with its legendary bar with nightly music and club-like setting. The restaurant is also a destination for diners who want an intimate and private dining experience.

The Beverly Glen Center, located at the top of Beverly Glen and Muholland, is a shopping and dining hub for locals. There’s everything from a gourmet food shop to a casual deli. For nice Italian cuisine, check out Il Segreto Ristorante serves traditional entrees, homemade pasta dishes, and handcrafted Neapolitan pizza. For live jazz, Vibrato Grill Jazz is a New American restaurant hosting big-name jazz acts. The specialty menu features elevated American fare, handcrafted cocktails, vegetarian dishes, and gluten-free options. There's live entertainment every night, and the space can accommodate intimate date nights, large gatherings, and private parties.

Just south of Bel Air, Westwood Village is a commercial hub with trendy eateries, outdoor cafes, unique boutiques, performance venues, and gourmet grocery stores. The open-air plazas feature Mediterranean-inspired architecture and host events, festivals, block parties, and farmers' markets. You will also find UCLA and the UCLA hospital.

Things to Do in Bel Air

Holmby Park features a playground, a golf course, picnic areas, and bowling greens. It's home to the Holmby Park Lawn Bowling Club.

A haven for golf enthusiasts, Bel Air is home to the private Bel-Air Country Club. It features an 18-hole championship golf course created by renowned designer George C. Thomas in 1926. Players get a challenging layout with views of the surrounding hills. Membership is limited to help ensure a sense of exclusivity and personalized service.


Bel Air is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District and is home to prestigious private schools, including:

Overview for BEL AIR, CA

6,404 people live in BEL AIR, where the median age is 51 and the average individual income is $144,032. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for BEL AIR, CA

BEL AIR has 2,569 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in BEL AIR do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,404 people call BEL AIR home. The population density is 1,085.487 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in BEL AIR, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby BEL AIR. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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John Thomas Dye School
K - 6th
No rating available
PreK - 6th
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Marymount High School Los Angeles
9th - 12th
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Community Magnet Charter Elementary
K - 5th
Roscomare Road Elementary
K - 5th

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