Glamour, affluence and luxury define Beverly Hills in the minds of people around the world, but to the fortunate few who live there, the city means so much more. From the sumptuous boutiques, restaurants and hotels of the Golden Triangle, to the multi-million dollar mansions along the palm tree lined drives, to the world-class performances and community inspired programming at The Wallis Annenberg Center, to the discrete charm of the canyons high above Sunset, Beverly Hills has something for everyone.
Originally settled by Maria Rita Quinteros de Valdez in 1828, the 4,500 acres that is now the heart of Beverly Hills was a lima bean farm for the remainder of the century. In 1900 the Amalgamated Oil Company purchased the property and began drilling. When they hit more water than oil, the land was subdivided into residential properties that quickly began to attract oil tycoons and newly minted wealth from the booming movie industry.
Beverly Hills’ central location, gentle climate and diverse neighborhoods have attracted nearly 35,000 residents. As an independent city, Beverly Hills has its own police and fire departments, while its government offices are housed in the Spanish Revival splendor of Beverly Hills City Hall. With a median household income of $70,945. according to the 2010 census, and an average home price of $3,459,000. as reported by Forbes, Beverly Hills is one of the world’s most affluent communities. The Beverly Hills Unified School District boasts an 18/1 student/teach ratio and received an outstanding 95.53 overall ranking in US News & World Report. Beverly Hills is a sublime community for the diverse and discerning people who call it home.
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