Located among the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Bel Air was designed as an estates community when it was first founded and developed by Alphonzo E. Bell in 1923. Bell owned farm property in Santa Fe Springs, California, where oil was discovered. He bought a large ranch with a home on what is now Bel Air Road. He subdivided and developed the property with large residential lots, with work on the master plan led by the landscape architect Mark Daniels. He also built the Bel-Air Beach Club in Santa Monica and the Bel-Air Country Club. His wife chose Italian names for the streets. She also founded the Bel-Air Garden Club in 1931.
Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, Bel Air forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Serving as a key part of the Platinum Triangle, Bel Air is a wealthy and prominent faux-gated residential community situated on the Westside of Los Angeles. It is bordered by Beverly Glen on the East, Mulholland Drive to the North, Sepulveda Boulevard on the West and Sunset Boulevard on the South. There are two guard gated communities in the Bel Air area, Bel Air Crest off of Sepulveda Boulevard and Bel Air Place off Sunset and Moraga Drive.
Prices in Bel Air can range from $800,000 for a condominium and up to $150,000,000 for some of the new ultra-luxurious estates. The median sales price over the past 12 months was $2,430,500, with an average price per square foot at $888. Appreciation of the median home price in Bel Air has increased over 400% since 1990. This exclusive region is dominated by both historic and contemporary estates and offers a level of privacy that has made it an ideal destination for the rich and famous.
Bel Air real estate ordinances prohibit almost all multi-family housing, which explains, in part, why Bel Air has the highest median household income of any area in Los Angeles and is among the areas with the lowest population density in Los Angeles with only 8,261 residents in six square miles.
Bel Air’s beautiful and secluded back roads make you feel like you are hundreds of miles away from one of the most crowded cities in America. At the heart of the community sits Hotel Bel-Air and the Bel-Air Country Club which includes an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts.
Bel Air has five nearby schools which serve the residents. Roscomare Road Elementary School is rated above average in school quality compared to other schools in the state. Also, within the Los Angeles Unified School District is New West Charter Middle School, which is an outstanding school. Beverly Hills Unified School District is closer in proximity to Bel Air and includes Beverly Hills Vista, Hawthorne, Beverly Hills High School, El Rodeo, Horace Mann, and Moreno Continuation High School.