If you've ever driven through Beverly Hills, California, then you've surely caught a glimpse of the glorious homes situated among the green hills, respectively surrounded by walls, gates, foliage or a combination of all three. Some of these mansions are the sanctuaries of stars, and some belong to those that have become fortunate enough to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Located in western Los Angeles, California, Beverly Hills is nestled among the Santa Monica Mountains. The neighborhood rubs elbows with West Hollywood, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills, and ranked number 38 on HATE.info's Top 100 Wealthiest American Cities of 2008 list. If you're considering a move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind that it's considered one of the most expensive housing market in the United States.
Beverly Hills became an official neighborhood in 1906 and was named after Beverly Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts. Once the Beverly Hills Hotel was built in 1911, the movie colony was drawn to the area, buying land and building dream homes starting in 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. The new town grew very fast, and residents enjoyed upscale shopping on Rodeo Drive and a glamorous atmosphere due to the dominant presence Beverly Hills had on TV and the excitement of The Speedway race track.
Beverly Hills mansions are truly sights to behold. They can come equipped with anything and everything the rich and famous need to enjoy their privacy. Pools, jacuzzis, tennis courts, basketball courts, guest houses, helicopter landing pads, gardens, fountains, recording studios--and even a Starbucks in one star's home--are just a few of the things that can come along with owning a Beverly Hills mansion. Some owners opt for acreage, and some don't mind living right next to door to someone else, providing there's a definite divide between properties.
There are many different styles of mansions throughout Beverly Hills. You can find homes in different architectural styles such as Spanish and Italian villas, Mediterranean, English and European estates, French Normandy, Cape Cod and Tudor facades, and contemporary, modern and traditional mansions. Some have multiple levels and some are only one story. Some spread out and make great use of its property, while others are more condensed; or the main house is surrounded by guest houses, pool houses, garages and sheds.
Beverly Hills mansions can be modest or showy and vary in bedroom and bathroom counts--five to seven bedrooms seem to be around average. Some have massive yards and all the amenities listed above, or they can be on a smaller lot with only a driveway and gate separating them from the street. They can range in size from 3,700 square feet all the way up to 32,000+ square feet. For instance, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' house is around 10,000 square feet and sits on 1.3 acres. Madonna and Guy Ritchie's mansion is 5,800 square feet. David and Victoria Beckham's mansion is roughly 13,000 square feet with nine bathrooms!