Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills City HallThink all the boons of the ‘burbs – quiet, safety, privacy – and all the glitz of the metro – shopping, dining, proximity. Trademarked with palm tree-lined lanes, wealthy movie people, and unshakeable sunshine, Beverly Hills is the better behaved and almost as famous next-door neighbor to Hollywood.

There’s more to Beverly Hills than the mansions dotting the stars’ maps for sale, or the West Coast’s Fifth Avenue and tabloid darling Rodeo Drive. Though Beverly Hills’ beginnings lie with Hollywood’s beginnings – the creme de la creme of the movie industry first settled there during the 1910’s – and while Beverly Hills remains home to some of the wealthiest in The Biz – capital “T,” capital “B” – once you get below Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills might pass for the sophisticated older sister to Los Angeles’ best west suburbs.

Beverly Hills’ Location in Los Angeles

A street with palm trees in Beverly Hills

Nestled between Santa Monica and Century City (to the west) and West Hollywood (to the east), the San Fernado Valley is at Beverly Hills’ northern boundary and Culver City and Los Angeles proper at its south.

Beverly Hill’s Weather

Like the rest of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills’ weather plays like a year-round spring – Beverly Hills’ warms up to 78°F on average (August-September) and Beverly Hills chills lowest at about 49°F (December-January).

Transportation

Beverly Hills main thoroughfares are Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd., and Sunset Blvd., all of which run east/west through most of Los Angeles. Coldwater Canyon Dr. runs between the canyons of Hollywood hills, north to the San Fernando Valley.

Beverly Hills’ Schools

Most of Beverly Hills is served by its Beverly Hills Unified School District, composed of four kindergarten through eighth grade elementary schools, and Beverly Hills High School, which boasts high academic achievement. Some of Beverly Hills is also served by Los Angeles Unified School District, and a variety of private schools such as Emanuel Academy of Beverly Hills, Page Private School, Good Shepherd Catholic School, and Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

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Malibu

living in malibu So Hollywood and Beverly Hills get most of the cred for stars styling in Los Angeles. And sure, there are celebs living in the Hills, shopping Melrose, and grabbing lattes in West Hollywood – but most A-listers reside in Malibu.

More exclusive than the rest of LA, Malibu is prime beachfront property with a quiet and secluded feel. Malibu’s private vibe is largely due to its location – whether your home’s nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains or sunning on beach sands, Malibu homes typically have a mountain range at their back and face the Pacific Ocean.

Price tags also do their part for privacy: rent ranks supposedly much as $25,000 in The Colony, Malibu’s star-studded gated community, Malibu houses sell easily in the multimillions, and Malibu Ozarks – property beyond the first range of mountains sans ocean views – is some of the most expensive in the US.

Malibu’s Location in Los Angeles

living in malibuNestled between Santa Monica Mountains (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean (to the west), Ventura County is at Malibu’s northern boundary and Santa Monica at its south. Warm beaches are your front yard, gorgeous SoCal mountain ranges have your back. Jog the sands, hike the hills, or cruise 15 minutes to play in more metro Los Angeles.

Weather

The only thing rivaling Malibu’s coastline is its weather – Malibu’s year-round highs are 71°F on average (August-September) and Malibu chills lowest at about 50°F (December-January).

Living in Malibu

Malibu is luxe living; you’re paying for the priceless: exclusivity, crazy-beautiful weather, and literally million-dollar ocean views.

Transportation

Along Malibu’s coast runs the Pacific Coast Highway – or the California Highway 1 – south from Santa Monica’s 10 freeway, north to Ventuary County and all the way upstate. From the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) you can head east on Topanga Canyon to hit the Valley, or turn east on Sunset Blvd. and wind through Brentwood, Westwood, and Hollywood. ParkLINK shuttle takes you through Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which includes Malibu’s canyons and beaches.

Malibu’s Schools

living in santa monicaPublic elementary and high schools are part of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Independent Pepperdine University sits on hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and Santa Monica’s community college – Santa Monica College (SMC) – is only the 10 freeway away.

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