Bel Air Hills is a highly desirable neighborhood of multi-million-dollar homes, some of which are perched above canyons and offer city views. It is surrounded by Bel Air Estates, North Beverly Glen, Bel Air Crest and West Sherman Oak Hills. Bel Air Hills is one of those rare Southern California neighborhoods where a resident can feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, but are still just a quick drive away from all of the the conveniences of a city. This community, for example, is just minutes away from the 405 and 101 freeways.
And for those times when a resident may not want to leave Bel Air Hills, there is Bel Air Foods. This popular neighborhood market was established in 1952 and states that it is one of the oldest institutions in the community. It offers the health-conscious residents of Bel Air Hills an excellent selection of organic produce and high-end products. Bel Air Foods is also known for hosting community events, including a Halloween party and movie nights.
In general, the area now known as Bel Air was the brainchild of Alphonzo Bell. In 1922, he bought up parcels in the area, hoping to create what he termed “gentlemen estates.” Believe it or not, at that time, Bel Air was not considered a great neighborhood, since it was located a fair distance from Los Angeles. But that changed as more people bought automobiles and were able to move farther from the city. Interestingly enough, Bel Air was originally off limit to actors and others in the movie industry as Bell did not want those “types” living in his new community. Of course, all of that has changed, and Bel Air is now home to numerous celebrities.
This neighborhood boasts a very active association. Established in 1952, the Bel Air Hills Association offers its members numerous events throughout the year, including a Holiday Lights Gathering, wine and cheese nights and group play dates for its families that have young kids.
Roscomare Road Elementary School
- California Gold Ribbon School by the California State Board of Education (less than 3 percent of California public schools receive this award)
- California Distinguished School by the California State Board of Education (Less than 5 percent of California public schools receive this award)