Beverly Hills is considered one of THE destinations for celebrities and wealthy people all around the world. Close to beaches, luxurious hotels, high-end shopping, restaurants, entertainment… Today I am going to share with you 10 of the reasons I and many others choose to move to Beverly Hills.
In Beverly Hills, there are multiple activities that you can engage in throughout the year because of the awesome climate – quite literally everything almost all year round! The summers are warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long and cool. If you’re the type that’s into hiking or trekking up the Hollywood hills to get a glimpse of the oceans of mansions, the weather here is perfect for that. I’m biased, but you can also bask in the view of so many magnificent houses.
Beverly Hills is conveniently nestled between Century City, Bel Air, and West Hollywood, and is maybe 20 minutes away from Santa Monica Beach and 20-25 minutes to Downtown LA, pending traffic. With its easy access to neighboring cities (not to mention every part of the world with LAX International airport being just a 20 min drive away), Beverly Hills is a very convenient place to live.
Beverly Hills serves as one of the incorporated cities in Los Angeles. It has a mayor with seven city council members and is overseen by the city manager. The Mayor is elected while the City Manager is appointed by the city’s legislative body. The current mayor is Lillie Bosse, serving her third term. Overall, the city does a tremendous job addressing relevant issues that the residents care about, like crime, safety, social activities, health, and community events and planning.
4. Restaurants in Beverly Hills
When you think of the most elegant restaurants, it’s undeniable that the hot spots in Beverly Hills are on the shortlist. Award-winning chef-curated dishes can be savored even at a casual bistro. If you are into healthy living and healthy diets, most restaurants cater to special dietary requirements like gluten-free and vegan.
Some of my favorites in Beverly Hills:
II Cielo: Owners Pasquale and Pattie Varicella had been looking for the home of II Cielo for some time before purchasing it in 1986. They said they had always imagined creating a restaurant that felt like ‘home’. They strive for everything authentic. Fresh food, fresh air, and a beautiful garden setting highlight your visit.
Granville: Whether we’re looking for a wholesome meal or hand-crafted libated beverage, Granville is globally inspired by food, music, warm hospitality, and a good ambiance. What I love about Granville is that they support local and organic produce, and make their food from scratch EVERY DAY.
Blasteran: Farm-to-table Californian dishes with a touch of Indonesian cuisine, and is an open-every-day restaurant. One of their goals is to help the community by buying locally sourced produce. They also serve craft beer and wines, while also offering a grab ‘n go breakfast menu, lunch, and dinner options.
The Rooftop by JG: When I want to have a meal overlooking the city with a panoramic view, this is the place, with views of Beverly Hills and Hollywood from 12 stories up! The 360 views really made me never want to leave. If you don’t want to miss out on a memory-making experience, this is the place for you! The lobster sandwich is fantastic – gruyere cheese, green chili dressing… delicious. Make sure to have your reservations well in advance.
IL Pastaio: Owned by the dynastic Sicilian Drago family, a culinary dynasty, IP serves the best authentic Italian recipes. Recognized as one of Beverly Hills’ best kitchens, chefs curate their notable variations of pasta dishes on an innovative menu, including pumpkin ravioli, squid ink risotto, and Arrabbiata, a house favorite.
5. Nightlife in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills offers plenty of options. You can find any type of bar, restaurant, or lounge based on your preference or mood. Though the city is more mellow and shuts down earlier than DTLA, Hollywood, or Santa Monica, the “scene” is luxurious and exquisite. You’ll find more paparazzi here than in most other areas of LA.
Beverly hills welcome its residents with many parks open year-round and not restricted by nightfall. There is a variety of parks available within city limits, including:
Coldwater Canyon Park: This park is known for its spectacular views. For those of you who are fascinated by native South Cali animals such as coyotes, bobcats, and rattlesnakes, this is the place where you can definitely hang out with them! This park is also home to multiple hiking trails and a picnic site.
La Cienega Park: The history of La Cienega is interesting because the founder, Edward L. Doheny was a real estate developer. The opening took place on April 10, 1914, when it became part of Los Angeles County’s system and had 1/3rd acre set aside for public use. The idea was to build such an area to promote healthy living in the community – “beauty with utility.” The park receives 12 million visitors throughout Southern Cali alone every year and has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ top attractions since its inception. It has 5 miles worth of trails and pathways along with a combination of scenic waterfront views looking out towards Santa Monica Bay or into Downtown LA. You can also find a wildlife sanctuary teeming with both native plants and non-native species all found on these beautiful grounds. If you want to just relax, there are also museums, food trucks, an outdoor amphitheater, music venues, tennis courts, basketball courts, dog park, playgrounds, skateboard areas, open space parking lots, bike racks, BBQ pits, picnic tables, restrooms facilities, booths & lots more!
Beverly Gardens Park: With trails, a little water fountain, a sign of Beverly Hills, and a ton of flowers, BGP is a beautiful place to walk around. It is almost like a mini arboretum. You’ll see lots of people lounging around, reading a book, taking a morning walk, and strolling with their families, friends, or dogs.
7. Schools and Universities
Some of the best and well-known close by are:
University of California-Los Angeles: (UCLA) is one of the leading public research universities in the United States. The university offers 191-degree programs to over 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Various publications since 2005 consistently ranked UCLA among the top 20 institutions in America.
Beverly Hills Design Institute: Beverly Hills Design institute’s main goal is to combine European Haute Couture tradition with the high-energy, fast-paced, challenging American Fashion system. The school offers a specialized fashion education that differentiates the design and pattern-making professions of fashion design and patternmaking through its Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Bachelor’s degrees in both Fashion Design & Pattern Making.
American University of Complementary Medicine: One of the best schools for alternative medicine, students here learn how to heal a sick person naturally, and how to utilize all natural resources in terms of food to everyday practice that will improve quality of life. They offer different types of degrees, such as master’s degrees in Naturopathic medicine, doctorate programs in Chinese herbalism and Eastern philosophy, Doctoral programs in Holistic Counseling Psychology (DPH), Doctoral programs in Oriental Bodywork Therapy (DPOBT), Master-level curriculum at National College Of Natural Health Sciences and an Associate Degree In Massage Therapist Training program. In addition to these degrees, there are also certificates offered which range from various courses like yoga to courses on Ayurveda or Acupuncture therapy.
8. Careers in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills offers a variety of career opportunities. A short list includes fashion companies, business management, law, entertainment, dining, events, and the like.
If you are in show business, you can make crucial social connections in Beverly Hills. It may even be as simple as moving here and realizing that an artist, producer, or anyone who is in the industry lives just across the street! Wouldn’t that be just perfect?
The reputation of Rodeo Drive as an upper-upscale shopping destination started when a luxury boutique named Giorgio Beverly Hills opened in 1961. The guy who opened it, Fred Hayman, was later known as “the godfather of Rodeo Drive” — for good reason. Gucci and other luxury stores followed after, and all of that helped give Rodeo Drive the classy reputation it has today.
The cobblestone-lined Two Rodeo Drive is probably the most charming section to walk around in. It’s a shopping center within a shopping destination, an immaculately landscaped outdoor mall that oozes European charm and American commerce.
Don’t expect to see many celebrities shopping here, though. Many of the stores have private shopping lounges that only VIPs can go to.
Don’t restrict yourself to the three blocks of Rodeo Drive. There are quite a few things to see and do in the immediate area.
And be sure to bring your camera — this place is made for picture-perfect memories.
Beyond shopping for fashion, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills also offer great opportunities for art. Travelers and locals on a budget can still appreciate the art at the galleries.
There’s plenty of Beverly Hills glamor here for everyone.
10. Easy Access
LA traffic is a real thing, so the old saying of “location, location, location” is even more important here. LAX is just around the corner, there are public bicycles for rent that enable you to explore, and free shuttle services for senior residents are a few examples.
These are a few of the reasons why many choose to move to Beverly Hills.
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