Founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell, Sr., Bel Air is internationally known for its wealthy residents and sprawling estates. Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, the community forms the Easternmost part of an affluent area on the Westside of Los Angeles informally known as The Platinum Triangle.
The neighborhood is characterized by large, flat estates at its Southernmost section (often referred to as Lower Bel Air) and smaller homes further up the Santa Monica Mountains (Upper Bel Air). Historically, Lower Bel Air has been considered more desirable for its privacy, proximity to Sunset Blvd, and the size of the estates.
The faux gates at the community’s entrance along Sunset Blvd are instantly recognizable from film and television. Within the center of the neighborhood sit the luxurious Hotel Bel Air and the exclusive Bel Air Country Club.