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Bel Air, Los Angeles

On Los Angeles’s Westside, located at the Santa Monica Mountains foot-hills is a neighborhood that is called Bel Air. It is the home for many well know names, a few of them include the famous American Jewish University and the Hannah Carter’s Japanese Garden. On the outskirts one can find the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir, Stone Canyon Reservoir, the Mandeville Canyon, and Brentwood. The census of 2008 estimated its population to be approximately 8,253. With the highest percentage of the residents being 50 years of age and over. It also has the highest household income of any of L.A. County neighborhoods or cities, with that annual income averaging out to be $207,938 in 2008.

Founded by Alphonzo Bell, back in the year of 1923. He was an owner of farm property in the Town of Santa Fe Springs, which was also located in California and there was oil discovered on the land. Bell then purchased land that included a large ranch home, on what is now referred to as Bel Air Road. Which was later divided up and developed into huge residential lots. Bell had also had a beach club built in Santa Monica, including a Country Club and streets had been given Italian names by his wife, who also was the one that founded the city’s Garden Club in the year of 1931. This, along with Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills made it possible for it to shape up the Platinum Triangle neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Talk about eerie! It was in the year of 1961, on the 6th day of November when a fire had been ignited that left the community devastated after it destroyed 484 of the area homes. Years later! It was in the year of 2017, on the 6th day of December, that residents once again left in turmoil after a fire that had been ignited (in the exact same area) by an apparent homeless camper, and furthermore, destroyed another six homes.

The way that it is situated, it’s stretching around twelve mile(19 km) to the west of the downtown area of Los Angeles, including a little of the Santa Monica Mountains foothills. It is laying across Sunset Boulevard looking to the north side of the University of California’s main campus’s edge, which is also located in California. You can find the Hotel Bel Air and the Country Club sitting right in the heart of its community.

Another way of putting it is that it is referred to as being the “three B’s,” and since it is on the Westside it is considered to be the high-priced area, right along with Los Angeles community and Beverly Hills.

There are several different ways that one can enter into Bel Air, but only two of them are considered to be main entrances. One of those main entrances is the East Gate, located by Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevard, and the other one is the West Gate at Bellagio Way and Sunset Boulevard, it sets opposite of one of UCLA’s entrance.