"Beverly Hills, that's where I want to be. Livin' in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, rollin' like a celebrity." So sang the rock band Weezer about one of LA's best known neighborhoods. The picture-perfect area has wide, tree-shaded streets, beautiful houses set back from the curb (or completely hidden behind hedges), and expensive cars everywhere. It has an air of exclusivity and privacy that makes it a popular home for celebrities – though ironically Weezer's members aren't among them.
Residents do have to pay for living in a community popular with musicians and movie stars, however: celebrity house bus tours are a common site on the quiet streets here.
Shopping here is plentiful and upscale. Rodeo Drive is one of the most famous shopping avenues in Los Angeles and features designer brand after designer brand. When you need a break from all that shopping you can stop at one of the hundreds of restaurants here.
Dining is where Beverly Hills is more economically diverse, with humble delis at one end of the scale and Michelin-starred institutions at the other. When it comes to nightlife the lounge scene dominates, though there are some dive bars around.
The neighborhood has excellent schools, which is one of the reasons it's a big draw for families.
Burbank: 11.2 miles / 30-50 minutes by car / 70-90 minutes by transit
Century City: 2 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike
Downtown LA: 12.4 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 8.1 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
One of the most famous shopping avenues in the United States, Rodeo Drive is home to just about every luxury brand there is. If you get tired of dropping thousands of dollars on clothing and jewelry, you can grab something to eat at one of the nearby restaurants.
Built in 1928 by an oil tycoon, these days this mansion is a park open to the public. You can browse the grounds on your own, but access indoors is only possible during special events, like Music in the Mansion.
Famous restaurant that turned Wolfgang Puck into a celebrity chef. This is a class place for special occasions.