It’s called Beverly Hills but most of the locals live in an area called “the flats”. It includes all of Beverly Hills and is mostly on leveled land. This area is divided by the Santa Monica Boulevard into the North and South side of “the tracks” named after the tracks used by the streetcars of old Pacific Electric.
There is a variety of real estate in the Flats of Beverly Hills. The higher priced homes are on the hillside north of Sunset Boulevard and are worth several millions. The more urban square lots that are located south of Wilshire Boulevard are typically smaller with lower priced houses. Wilshire also has the most apartment buildings of Beverly Hills and the lowest priced homes. There are many apartment complexes like the Gardens at Wilshire, Piccadilly, Hampshire Place, and Windsor at Hancock Park. You’ll find a range of prices and amenities; many are pet friendly.
South of Santa Monica Boulevard you’ll find most of the official offices and businesses. Two of the only exceptions include the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Close by you’ll also find the Los Angeles Country Club as well as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Beverly Hills, rich in history and tradition, is surrounded by West Hollywood and Los Angeles. The city was once a Spanish ranch that grew lima beans and was incorporated in 1914. Investors had expected to find oil but found plenty of water to build a town. It’s now home to over 35,000 people including many celebrities.
This playground to the rich even has a famous zip code, 90210, and includes the Beverly Hills Oil Field and Rodeo Drive shopping district. Visitors are attracted to Hollywood, fine dining, and upscale shopping. Everyone loves the glamour of the city and possible chance meeting of movie stars.
Schools that serve this area include Horace Mann Elementary, Hancock Park Elementary, and Beverly Hills High School – all highly ranked facilities. Beverly Hills Flats enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate with an average 85 degrees for the high during the summer. There is not much wind in the summer but winters bring in moderate rain with occasional winds from Santa Ana.
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