Homes for Sale in Bel Air

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​​​​​​​Bel Air has become a symbol of the Los Angeles elite.

Bel Air was established in the early 1920s by Alphonzo Bell, who bought a house on a large ranch after becoming a millionaire when he struck oil on his farm in nearby Santa Fe Springs. Bel Air is a neighborhood where privacy and high-priced real estate go hand in hand.​​​​

Bel Air boasts some of the most magnificent property in the country. Located on the west side between Beverly Crest and Brentwood, the neighborhood is primarily residential with only a few shops within its 6.3 square mile area. Its remote location in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains provides privacy and beautiful scenery for the high-profile locals.​​​​​​​




What is the housing market like in Bel Air today?
In February 2023, Bel Air home prices were down 29.0% compared to last year, selling for a median price of $3.2M. On average, homes in Bel Air sell after 85 days on the market compared to 87 days last year. There were 24 homes sold in February this year, down from 43 last year.

How hot is the Bel Air housing market?  Bel Air is not very competitive. Homes sell in 61 days.





Bellagio Road serves as a virtual divider in Bel Air, with more reasonably priced homes (so to speak) on the west side (ranging from $1.5 to $5.5 million) and more expensive residences (from $ 6 to over $20 million) on the east side. You'll notice the sign for the exclusive Bel Air Country Club at 10768 Bellagio Road. The members of this private club can socialize and partake in various sports, such as tennis, golf, and dining at the club's restaurant, which has been open since 1925. The members of the Country Club are expected to dress in a particular manner. Visit this link to read further. You can also have your wedding or party here.

Once open to the public, the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden (10920 Wilshire Blvd.) is sizable in the Kyoto style. Unfortunately, the park has been closed, and its fate is unknown. However, locals feel firm that losing what was once one of the finest examples of Japanese gardens in the United States would be a tragedy if a way could open it back to the public.

Home sweet home for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... or not.

Palace of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
After wandering for a while, we finally had to call for assistance. We initially thought 251 North Bristol Avenue was in the Bel Air neighborhood. We recalled the mansion's exterior from Will Smith's first significant television role, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (an actor now also a director and producer in Hollywood). We searched for the TV show's iconic villa. We were informed that the building is in the nearby community of Brentwood. This proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the media industry frequently misrepresents real-world places to trick viewers into thinking they are viewing scenes from fictional productions. Will Smith and his family do not reside in Bel Air but in Calabasas, located north of Santa Monica and Malibu.

The Annual Bel Air International Film Festival
Since 2008, the city of Los Angeles has hosted the annual Bel Air Film Festival (BAFF), a celebration of cinema that aims to broaden the public's understanding and love of the medium. During three days, the festival welcomes thousands of visitors and is widely celebrated by the people of Los Angeles for the good it does for the city. Filmmakers worldwide attend this annual event, which begins with a "red carpet" evening and continues with screenings, parties, meetings, and heated discussions. There is also a subsection highlighting up-and-coming artists. An exclusive Bel-Air home hosted the inaugural opening night party.

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