Bel Air

NEIGHBORHOOD

We are proud to be situated in the heart of Bel Air, a diverse residential community located in the hills of the Westside of the city of Los AngelesCalifornia. Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills it is an area known as the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Bel Air is situated about 12 miles (19 km) west of downtown Los Angeles and includes some of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. It borders the north side of UCLA along Sunset Boulevard. At the heart of the community sits the Bel Air Country Club and the Hotel Bel-Air. The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr.

The area is bordered by Brentwood on the west and southwest, Westwood on the south, Beverly Hills Post Office on the east, and Sherman Oaks on the north.  Bel Air has a well-deserved reputation as home to numerous Hollywood celebrities and high-profile corporate executives, but it also is among the most multicultural neighborhoods in the city.  Its residents hail from a wide range of countries – more than 25% were born outside the US.

 

GOVERNANCE

Bel Air is part of the city of Los Angeles and lies within the 5th City Council district.   It is included in the Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council which advocates for the 27,000 residents in a broad area stretching from Sunset Blvd. up to Mulholland Drive and ranging from Sepulveda Blvd as far east as Laurel Canyon.  The Neighborhood Council promotes better and safer neighborhoods though our work on issues of land use, transportation, city services, and quality of life.

 

The interests of local residents are served by several associations.   Bel Air Foods is located in the heart of the Roscomare Valley whose interests are represented by the Roscomare Valley Association, a governing body that serves the needs of the 1000 families who live along the Roscomare Valley corridor and its tributaries.  Residents also are served by The Bel Air Association which was incorporated in 1942 to preserve the lifestyle and interests of the community.

 

SCHOOLS

The community is located within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  Roscomare Road Elementary School, located just north of the store, is considered some of the best elementary schools in the LAUSD system.  Bel Air also serves as the home for Community Magnet School, a dynamic charter school that emphasizes the study of humanities and the social sciences through a multicultural perspective.   Emerson Middle School in Westwood and University High School in West Los Angeles also serve Bel-Air.[20]

In addition to its public schools, Bel Air is the home of some of the top private schools in the city of Los Angeles including the Curtis School (DK-6), John Thomas Dye School (K–6), Marymount High School (K–6),Westland School, the Mirman School (K-8), Berkeley Hall (K-8), and Milken Community High School (7-12).

 

CULTURE

Bel Air boasts a number of important cultural institutions with national prominence.  At its southern tip, the neighborhood is anchored by UCLA, the flagship institution of the University of California system and one of the premier research universities in the world.  Inspired by the gardens of Kyoto, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is among the leading tourist attractions in the city. Many structures in the garden such as the main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine were built in Japan and reassembled in Los Angeles. Antique stone carvings, water basins and lanterns, as well as the five-tiered pagoda, and key symbolic rocks also were sourced from Japan.

Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world’s most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States.  Originally founded in 1947 and located in the heart of Bel Air, the American Jewish University is a thriving center of Jewish learning whose schools include the world renowed Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the first independent ordaining rabbinical school in the western United States.

Located at the top of Bel Air, the Bel Air Presbyterian Church is one of the largest churches in the city. Its weekly attendance currently exceeds 2,500, making it one of the fastest-growing Presbyterian churches in the country.  Nearby, the Stephen S Wise temple has gained a global reputation as of the largest and most prominent Reform synagogues in the world.  Spreads out across 18 acres, the temple membership includes more than 3,000 families who hail from all corners of Los Angeles.