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Beverly Hills

Home to one, if not the, most famous zip codes in the U.S., Beverly Hills has long been the gold standard for modern luxury, celebrity, and exclusivity. While many neighborhoods in Los Angeles can be just as fabulous, 90210 will always be known for its glamorous shopping, A-list residents, and as the home to truly delectable cuisines at culinary institutions like Mr. Chow, Spago, Cut, Urasawa, and many more.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel was constructed in 1912,  and attracted Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who led the wave of movie stars here when they built their mansion, Pickfair, in 1919. Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Thomas Ince, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, Carl Laemmle, Ronald Coleman, King Vidor, John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jack Warner, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Harry Cohn and Rudolph Valentino, and many others soon followed suit and also built stylish mansions.

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Today, Rodeo Drive and Via Rodeo are world-renowned icons of sophistication, luxury and service.

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Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is perhaps the city’s most quintessential fine dining restaurant. Spago opened in 1982 and is just as delicious as ever.

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Beverly Hills has no small shortage of elegant hotel and resort options, including The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Beverly Hilton, L’Ermitage, and The Peninsula. But perhaps my favorite is The Montage, with its stunning arches, doorways, gardens, Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, and Mediterranean styling. It perfectly captures the sophisticated residential ambiance of Southern California’s glamour estates of the 1920s and 1930s. And they host a fantastic afternoon tea.

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On Rodeo you’ll find Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Dior, Cartier, Versace, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany. Blocks east of Rodeo, shop Beverly and Cañon Drives with local boutiques, unique luxury shops, fantastic Beverly Hills restaurants and open-air cafés. Anchoring the southern border of the Golden Triangle is Department Store Row, home to the titans of luxury retailing, including Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.

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Immaculate, impeccable, and poised, this west Los Angeles destination beckons haute couture enthusiasts to its high-fashion mecca and modern architecture aficionados to marvel at its geometric mansions.

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Demographics

The 2010 United States Census reported that Beverly Hills had a population of 34,109. The population density was 5,973.1 people per square mile (2,306.2/km²). The racial makeup of Beverly Hills was 28,112 (82.4%) White (78.6% Non-Hispanic White), 746 (2.2%) African American, 48 (0.1%) Native American, 3,032 (8.9%) Asian, 12 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 485 (1.4%) from other races, and 1,674 (4.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,941 persons (5.7%). The largest religious community are Persian Jews, who make up 26% of the population of Beverly Hills. The Iranian Jewish community in Beverly Hills, numbering over 8,000, is the largest Iranian Jewish community in the United States. During 2009–2013, Beverly Hills had a median household income of $86,141

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Schools

Beverly Hills is served by Beverly Hills Unified School District, which includes four K-8 schools (Hawthorne, El Rodeo, Beverly Vista, and Horace Mann), Moreno High School, and the Beverly Hills High School.

Beverly Hills also has several private schools. Good Shepherd School, a PreK-8 school in Beverly Hills, is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Other Beverly Hills private schools include Beverly Hills Preparatory School, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, Emanuel Academy of Beverly Hills, and Page Private School.

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Film History

Beverly Hills was a prosperous and sought-after location long before it was discovered by the movie industry. At the beginning, our fabled El Dorado was blessed with the most precious commodity in Southern California: water. Attracted to an elegant lifestyle made possible by the hotel, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford led the wave of movie stars here when they built their mansion, Pickfair, in 1919. Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Thomas Ince, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, Carl Laemmle, Ronald Coleman, King Vidor, John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jack Warner, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Harry Cohn and Rudolph Valentino soon followed and built stylish mansions.

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Architecture

Landscape architect Wilbur Cook designed the city’s look and layout to look almost garden-like, with parks and trees.  “It was planned in every sense. From the streets being laid out, from the trees that were designated on each street,” says Gail Stein, archivist for the Beverly Hills Public Library. “The type of trees, the size of the lot…”

Green sold the land to developers in lots. Stein says his goal was to make the city look uniformly beautiful, but not too rigidly similar. The now world-famous Rodeo Drive was built in 1907.