Beverly Crest

Beverly Crest is a Los Angeles neighborhood in the Santa Monica Mountains situated between the Hollywood Hills to the east and Bel Air to the west. To the south is the city of Beverly Hills, and to the north (the Valley side of the hills) is Sherman Oaks. It includes three distinct canyons: Benedict Canyon, Franklin Canyon and Coldwater Canyon which lie almost entirely within the Beverly Hills Post Office area (aka BHPO), which is the area of zip code 90210 outside the city of Beverly Hills.

History

In the 1920’s, it wasn’t merely the zip code that attracted the wealthy to Beverly Crest, but there was certainly a concerted marketing effort by developer George Read to capitalize on demand for luxury living targeted to Hollywood's elite. As a result, whereas Bel-Air turned wasn’t necessarily the hot spot for the stars of the time, the “balcony” of Beverly Hills quickly became the stomping ground of silver screen legends, such as Rudy Valentino and Harold Lloyd.

By the 1940’s home construction techniques were evolving, thanks in part to engineering advances and developers began to carve into hillsides areas that were previously considered unsuitable for residential construction. Moreover, the ever popular Spanish and Tudor architecture styles of the the 20’s was supplanted by a modernist movement, thanks in large part to the Case Study program, that continues to present day. Sleek, indoor-outdoor living, with expansive views of the city below became the order of the day. Likewise, the size of the homes being built has continue to grow. A grand house in the 20’s may have been 5000 square feet. After the war, 10,000 square feet was no uncommon. In the 2000’s, the now famous Pritzker residence with 49,300 square feet of living space was built on a 3-acre hilltop parcel of land.

That 90210 Appeal - Although the zip code is the same as Beverly Hills, Beverly Crest is actually part of the City of Los Angeles and the area is often referred to as BHPO (Beverly Hills Post Office). Nonetheless, the prestige of the zip code unquestionably adds to the value of homes built there.

Neighborhoods

Beverly Park

Beverly Park is arguably the most exclusive gated (and, with a guard) community in Los Angeles. In fact, it may be the most exclusive gated community on the entire West Coast. Divided into two sections, North Beverly Park and South Beverly Park, the community is relatively new, having initially opened in 1990. Since then it was become as well known for its collection of extremely large estates as it is is for the marquis names of its residents. North Beverly Park, whose main entrance is at 13100 Mulholland Drive, is the larger of the two sections and consists of 64 homes. Whereas, South Beverly Park consists of only 16 homes. Combined, the two areas encompass a total of 250 acres. And property covenants require that homes built in the community be at least 5,000 square feet. If you’re looking to spend $25M-100M (or more!) on a home, this could be just the neighborhood for you.

Beverly Glen

Beverly Glen is a neighborhood located around Beverly Glen Boulevard, near the Stone Canyon Reservoir. Because this roadway extends from Mulholland Drive on the north, to Sunset Boulevard on the south, it’s a common arterial for folks that commute between the Valley and the business centers of the Century City and Beverly Hills. At the top of the canyon, Bel Air Ridge and Bel Air Glen are 1970s and 1980s era planned developments featuring tennis courts and community pools. This close knit community features a farmers market and also holds a street fair and garden walk each summer.

Community and Lifestyle

Beverly Crest is not exactly a hub for nightlife and cultural buzz. On the contrary, it’s more about peaceful seclusion with breathtaking views. Although there are plenty of modest homes throughout the area, most homeowners in this zip code don’t wont for much outside the boundaries of their property. However, if the lifestyle of a mega-mansion with a pool, tennis court, and every thinkable household amenity leaves one needing a bit of nature there are loads of great hiking trails in Franklin Canyon. And, of course, all the vibrancy of Los Angeles is really just a short, and picturesque, drive away. Eating falls into this category where it’s residents are likely to head down the hill into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood along the Sunset Strip, which have an long list of outstanding restaurants.

Schools

Beverly Crest residents are zoned to the following schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District:

  • Roscomare Road Elementary

  • Warner Avenue Elementary

  • Wonderland Avenue Elementary

  • Emerson Middle School

  • University Senior High School

Private schools in the area include:

  • The Buckley School (elementary)

  • Stephen S. Wise Temple (elementary)

  • Harvard-Westlake (middle)

  • Harvard-Westlake (high)

  • Sunnyside (preschool)

Noteworthy Architecture

Sheats-Goldstein House - 10104 Angelo View Dr. John Lautner 1963

There is a reason this home has a cinematic legacy, including an appearance in the Cohen Brothers’ classic, The Big Lebowski. It is simply one of the most captivating homes in L.A. And thanks to the owner donating it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it’s legacy will continue for years to come, not to mention be enjoyed by the public once it (presumably) begins offering tours.

Alden Schwimmer House - 1435 Bella Dr. John Lautner 1982

Commissioned as a ‘horizontal castle’, this home of concrete, stone and wood is designed in such a way that it wraps snugly around the nose of a hill, giving it 180-degree views of everything from L.A. to the ocean.

Johnson Residence - 10261 Chrysanthemum Ln. Harwell Hamilton Harris 1949

Phelps Residence, aka Arroyo House - 10256 Lelia Ln. Barton Phelps and Associates 1985

Residential Architecture is about designing homes, but even more more so its about problem solving. This is a prime example of the latter. Built on a parcel of land that the city had deemed to be unbuildable, (multiple contiguous parcels, actually) Barton Phelps solved the problem beautifully. This home is built with foundations embedded on opposing hillsides and connected to span a culvert, which serves as the drainage for the water which funnels its way down through the ravine and directly under the house. Phelps, who is also a landscape architect, designed the parklike grounds - including a 3-level treehouse at the rear of the property.

Hale House - 9618 Yoakum Dr. Craig Ellwood and Assoc. 1949

Another of Ellwood’s Miesian boxes, this home is right on the street, allowing anyone passing by to enjoy its elegant design.

Residence - 1169 Loma Linda Dr. Ed Niles 2009

A massive and completely dazzling structure composed of circular walls of glass and corrugated sheet metal overlooking an infinity pool and the valley below it.

Sinay House - 1861 Heather Ct. Richard Neutra 1947

This home may seem a bit small for the area. Then again, this is a Neutra and it was the 1940’s.

San Ysidro House - 2266 San Ysidro Dr. Richard L. Dorman and Assoc. 1959

This quasi-International style home of adjoined cubes has is rather unassuming. However, I love the street-facing facade, which features a stucco relief design that is very mid-century modern in its aesthetic.

Residence - 9563 Gloaming Drive Robert Skinner 1968

Although it can be appreciated sufficiently from the street, a walled entryway and foliage-covered gates lends the home a degree of privacy. When it came on the market in 2017, the home retained a lot of original features, including wood-paneled walls and a stone fireplace.