Los Angeles’s most iconic zip code offers luxury living and plenty of things to do
Can more of a magical transformation be possible? This area went from a lima bean farm in the 1880s to the now-famous zip code of 90210. There are a few places in the U.S., a few fascinating areas or monuments, the name everyone recognizes instantly. Beverly Hills is one of those places. Beverly Hills prides itself on its community-oriented atmosphere, “green” lifestyle, and healthy choices.
It could take a lifetime to visit every fine-dining establishment, ethnic restaurant, hip deli, and unusual boutique. Then there’s the unparalleled experience of Rodeo Drive, the world-famous 2-mile-long shopping district known for exclusive fashion, luxury, culture, arts, and entertainment. Gardens and parks are also important, and they are carefully placed throughout the city for residents to enjoy open green space and a suburban atmosphere. Real estate includes historical landmark mansions, amazingly brilliant villas, estates, sumptuous modern homes, luxury condominiums, and posh townhouses—with beautiful landscaping.
While indulgence is part of life here, locals also enjoy simple living with open green spaces and pet-friendly parks. The streets are tree-lined, walkable, and beautiful. Recreational and cultural programs are available to residents all year long, which go a long way in building friendships. So does “First Thursdays,” when local businesses “energize the streets” with many events and offers. The farmers’ market is also excellent for people to connect outdoors and enjoy fresh produce, artisan bread, crafts, and pie-eating contests.
Enjoy top-rated American food at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Steak au Poivre is especially memorable, as is their extensive wine list. For delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, go straight to Piccolo Paradisio Ristorante, and make sure you try the Salmone Alla Griglia. If you always go right for the steakhouse, you’ll love Ocean Prime for its surf and turf menu. How about the Chilean Sea Bass or a 16-oz Ribeye? On the other hand, for a comfy neighborhood hangout, make a beeline for the Coral Tree Café because their Avocado Toast is the best in town.
While tourists can only dream of shopping once or twice on Rodeo Drive, residents get it all year long. Lose yourself in luxury with the countless shops featuring world-famous, exclusive designer clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. You’ll find impossibly beautiful jewelry, home décor, art pieces, spas, hotrods, and just about anything your heart desires. Or have a glamorous afternoon visiting the Greystone Mansion & Gardens, a 1928 landmark now owned by the city. The mansion has 55 rooms and is located on 16 acres of land with fountains, flowerbeds, and meticulously manicured gardens. There are also live music events, educational programs in the gardens, and theater performances.
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation offers rotating exhibits, over 400 pieces in its contemporary art collection, and tours. You’ll find many pieces by Picasso and Warhol. The Franklin Canyon Park offers 605 acres of green paradise. It has a 3-acre lake, duck pond, miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. It’s also home to a nature center, auditorium, and amphitheater.
Beverly Hills Unified School District serves Beverly Hills. Some of their outstanding schools are:
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