Bel Air and Holmby Hills are amongst the most exclusive neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles with some of the highest priced estates that exude wealth. A gorgeous landscaped area, Bel Air is a semi-gated enclave on the Westside of Los Angeles founded by Alphonzo Bell in 1923 and is part of the Platinum Triangle – Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills. Holmby Hills was developed in the early twentieth century by the Janss Investment Company, which also developed parts of Westwood. The entrances to Bel Are are imposing gates at Bel Air, Stone Canon, and Bellagio roads. Among noteworthy private residential real estate sales are the Playboy Mansion, and Aaron Spelling Estate.
The Bel Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel-Air form the heart of the exclusive Bel Air community. Residences tend to be private and hidden from the winding roads, and they range from modest ranch-style homes to grand mansions. The most desirable homes are right off the main entrances of Bel Air and the country club entrance, for these homes have views of both the Bel Air Country Club and the rest of Los Angeles.
Multi-Family housing is not permitted within these communities and strict ordinances regarding architectural styles, landscaping and lot sizes exist to preserve the quality of life and character of Bel Air and Holmby Hills. There are no residential sidewalks (to discourage the public from walking around the community) and it is heavily patrolled by local security – both attempts to reinforce the safety and privacy of residents.