Bel Air/Beverly Crest

An ultra exclusive celebrity sanctuary tucked away in Los Angeles' west hills.

When you arrive in Bel Air, you'll know you've arrived. Immaculate mansions steal away behind soaring hedges and towering gates in this celebrity homestead. Surrounded by LA's sloping chaparral, this Westside neighborhood boasts natural wonders alongside architectural splendors. Bel Air's relative inaccessibility contributes to its private feel and ultra-exclusive atmosphere. Here, it's much easier to explore by automobile.

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On the Map

Bel Air/Beverly Crest is bordered by West Hollywood, Westwood, Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Brentwood, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Ultimate Exclusivity In Los Angeles' Westside

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Remote-operated gates, privacy hedges, and long driveways characterize Bel Air, one of LA's most resplendent and exclusive residential neighborhoods.

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Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, Bel Air completes the third side of LA's "Platinum Triangle," an area denoted for its lavish lifestyle.

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Bel Air remains one of LA's most seclusive neighborhoods. Despite celebrities' best attempts to maintain their privacy, vendors sell maps with directions to stars' Bel Air estates.

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Some of them are easier to find than others.

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Marble Stairs, Soaring Foyers, and Two-Story Kitchens

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Part of Bel Air's allure rests on its architectural splendor.

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Here, homes often resemble museum-worthy works of art.

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Mansions nestle into the hilltops and hide behind meticulously-manicured hedges.

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Bel Air: A Reserved Retreat

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Except for an intimate assortment of high-end shops and restaurants, Bel Air remains mostly residential.

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A specialty deli, market, and sushi bar compose the storefronts at the Glen Centre off of Beverly Glen Boulevard.

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Panoramic Views from the Hills of Bel Air

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Make your way up Mulholland Drive and watch the San Fernando Valley stretch out before you.

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Hiking around Bel Air accounts for one of the neighborhood's favorite forms of exercise.

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Being up here makes being out of breath worth it.

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Follow your heart.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Alyson Aliano

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Alyson captures a subject’s quirks and habits without invoking self-consciousness. She blends well with people from all walks of life due to her charming personality and spunky humor. She has taught photography at NYU Sternhardt School, Columbia University, The Ministry of Education in El Salvador, and at UCLA in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. Her clients include GQ, The NYTimes Magazine, Newsweek, Time, People, and The Wall Street Journal.