Which part of LA is the most luxurious to have a house and with small crime rate?

Asked by Gaso, Los Angeles, CA Tue Jan 26, 2010

I prefer nice view over the city but not far from the beverly hills

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Jeffrey White, Agent, Beverly HIlls, CA
Tue Jan 26, 2010
If you are sticking with your preference to be near Beverly Hills and have a city view, I would say that Beverly Hills Post Office (in the hills above the city) and Hollywood Hills West would be obvious choices. West of here gets even more expensive but is also excellent. These would include Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica north of Wilshire, Pacific Palisades, etc.

The truth is, it depends upon your price range. I would say BHPO is the obvious answer to your question. I'd be happy to send you specific listings and see if they fit your budget and style needs.
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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Wed Jan 27, 2010
It's hard to answer a question about "luxury", when that word means such different things to different people, as evidenced by the answers here. The important thing is, what says luxury to YOU?
When I think of luxury, I think of an expanse of land, a large flat yard, beautiful landscaping, nice fit and finish to the property, pool, well kept up neighborhood, etc. The Platinum Triangle ( http://www.thebremnergroup.com/communities/platinum-triangle/ ) is the part of Los Angeles with the most intrinsic value, and therefore, luxury, in the eyes of most people. It includes Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills, and they call it Platinum for a reason: it's beautiful, precious, rare, and expensive! Large lots, lush landscaping, celebrities and captains of industry, mansions, (even the guest houses are more luxurious than most homes!)
Moving out from there, Brentwood, especially Brentwood Park, ( http://www.thebremnergroup.com/communities/brentwood/ ) is luxurious, but in less posh sort of way. Brentwood has a small "community" feel. The views will run from downtown LA to Getty views to Century City to Jetliner and ocean views, or no view at all in the flats.
Hancock Park has a wonderful conservative, "old money" feel with golf course views; Little Holmby in Westwood feels grand yet somehow accessible at the same time. Cheviot Hills is like a miniature of Little Holmby.
Ultimately, luxury will be determined by your taste and your wallet, but rest assured, there are some very beautiful, luxurious homes in LA. Keep up with the Joneses!
Deborah Bremner
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Lori Matson, Agent, LA, CA
Wed Jan 27, 2010
There are several areas that are luxurious, the best neighborhoods in the city and the safest. They are also the most expensive. Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills has beautiful homes and views and the benefit of the Beverly Hills police force, which has a reputation of being one of the most responsive. The canyon just east of Trousdale is Doheny Estates, which is in Los Angeles and what I think is the prime area of the Hollywood Hills. The lower end of Bel Air has magnificent homes with private security patrol. Brentwood mainly in the flats above Sunset and some homes in the hills are another area where you can own prime real estate. Santa Monica north of Montana is a wonderful neighborhood of grand homes in the flats. The Santa Monica police are also noted for their quick response time. The Riviera off of Sunset if an area of Pacific Palisades that is well reputed for estate-like home. Some areas of Malibu have the most desirable real estate in the city.
In the Hollywood Hills off Mullholland and in Bel Air off Sepulveda there are gates communities that certainly afford everything you would want in terms of safety.
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Sonia Mendoza, , Los Angeles County, CA
Wed Jan 27, 2010
hello! Gaso

you can find luxiruous homes with small crime rate in the following cities which are close to beverly hills:
north of the sunset strip, brentwood, bel air, cheviot hills, beverly wood, and pacific palasides.

to get a better idea of the crime rate on these areas go to http://www.lapdcrimemaps.org

I would like to meet with you to find out what type of property you are looking for and to assist you with your search of a luxury home in beverly hills.

I can be reach by email losangelesca.realestate1@gmail.com or by phone (626)354-5579.

website: http://www.foreclosurelist4me.info

take care,

sonia mendoza
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Eric Smilay, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Wed Jan 27, 2010
I think as much as price range, views, etc are important, this is also a question of lifestyle. Are you a city person and like to be in the mix, or prefer a more serene environment? Are you artsy and eclectic, or more traditional? These are all factors that need to go into the decision making process. You must figure out what is most important to you, and then based on that a realtor or someone you know in LA can guide you into the areas that best fit those criteria within a specified budget.

Based on what you said about a view and close to Beverly Hills, I like the area in the hills over the Sunset Strip the best. Most notably the area of the "Bird Streets" is probably the most desirable.

Good luck in the hunt.

Best Wishes,

Eric Smilay
Smilay Properties
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Monique & Joe…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Tue Jan 26, 2010
Hello Gaso,

That's a great question. That depends on what your price range is.
Silverlake (south of Sunset), Brentwood, BelAir, BHPO, Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills are all good options. If you wish to have me send you specifics on Crime Rates, just shoot me an email with your contact info.


Monique Carrabba
The Carrabbba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
(323) 899-2900
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Andrew Jones, Agent, Venice Beach, CA
Thu Feb 25, 2010
Hi Gaso,

Here are the links to the first two blogs in a series that I'm writing about luxury homes and estates in Los Angeles. These first two articles are an overview of where to find these extraordinary properties in L.A..



For more specific information on any of these neighborhoods I also post complete listings for all of the properties discussed in these articles on the 'L.A. Estates' page of my website (link below.) Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about these wonderful homes, or if you would like to receive Sales Comp Reports for a particular property. Best of Luck.
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Grant Linsco…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Sun Feb 21, 2010
Hi Titi,

I recently sold a home in 90068 and currently have a home listing in 90046. My experience in these areas with high end homes and all of the current inventory on and off the market will help you find the right home. I would be happy to send you listings and show you homes in the area that will work for you. What style of home do you prefer? Yard space needed? I have a few homes in mind for you already :)


Grant Linscott
Keller Williams Realty
323.333.6222 cell
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Titi, Home Buyer, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Sat Feb 20, 2010
eerrrmmm Im sorry, I know it is not my question but...I WOULD LOVE SOME LISTINGS!! i am interested in propreties at 90046 and 90068 NO MORE THAN 3M please!! I mention those two postcodes because they are in "town" and have nice views!!

I am looking for a single family home for me and my baby girl (yes, i am a single mother) I am a singer but is not one of the party freaks i enjoy staying in with my baby girl or go out for dinner with friends so because I love having that HOME feeling, I would like to have an amazing view!! so when its dark i see the city lights :) and everything :) I am not america but swiss and I have never lived in america neither...so i would like to have that american dream feeling everytime I enter the house :) 3bed+ 2bath+ and no more than $3mill THANK YOU!! Obviously the more rooms for the money the better. Also I drive two cars (aston martin&escalade) and plan to buy more next year!!! so PARKING SPACE NEEDED!

I am not so good with this website... and is not always online but please bare with me :)
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Gaso: Check out this site: http://www.city-data.com

It has a lot of information about crime rate and also has a Q & A forum so that you can ask questions to other homeowners that are already living in these areas.
Web Reference:  http://www.soreal.biz
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Anthony Perez, Agent, Northridge, CA
Fri Jan 29, 2010
Something nearer to the ocean with a cool breeze maybe built in a late 60's-70's as a home and building inspector homes built in this era appear very well constructed and seems as though the have held up nicely throughout the years. My opinion.
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Andrew Jones, Agent, Venice Beach, CA
Thu Jan 28, 2010
Hi Gaso,

You can get beautiful view-homes in Beverly Hills Post Office & Bel Air for as low as $2M to $3M, even less in Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and further east in the hills above Hollywood & West Hollywood. Any of these areas would be suitable for you.

I have several clients right now looking for homes for in these areas and I'd be glad to send you the current listings as well. Please feel free to contact me through my profile. Best of luck.
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Risa Liebster, Agent, Toluca Lake, CA
Tue Jan 26, 2010
Gaso, as my colleague Anna indicated, contacting the local police department when considering an area is really helpful. In addition to the many areas of the Westside, I would recommend Toluca Lake. Toluca Lake is neighborhood/village on the Los Angeles - Burbank border. You may learn more about it via the web reference, below. The houses that border the exclusive lake front and golf course are very highly valued. The neighborhood is safe, lovely and walkable while shops, restaurants and freeway access is relatively close by. There are a few streets in Burbank that are considered the "Burbank side of Toluca Lake". While police response times are typically faster in Burbank, the Los Angeles portion is consider "Toluca Lake proper". You'll understand it more once you read the history. While I would never identify anyone by name, a lot of celebrities reside in the area due the privacy, safety and proximity to the Studios. It really is a wonderful place!

Risa Liebster, Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Jan 26, 2010
If you are concerned about crime rates, your best source of information is the local police department--why not visit/call and hear all there is to hear firsthand. All else depends on your budget.
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Grant Linsco…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Jan 26, 2010
Hi Gaso,

It really is a question of affordability. If you are looking above $1.2M or in that general range you might consider Pacific Palisades (the weather with the ocean breeze is amazing), Brentwood etc. You can find nice homes in Bel Air for under $1M however not as likely with a view, more of a canyon setting. Some parts of Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood will have a view. I know all of the areas extremely well.

@ Mitch, I know the player you rented to. You did a nice job on those houses!

Best Regards,

Grant Linscott
Keller Williams Realty, 01715002
323.333.6222 cell
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Mitch Lichte…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Santa Ana, CA
Tue Jan 26, 2010
Wow. There are lots of great locations throughout Los Angeles. I prefer the Westside but even that is a big statement. That includes Santa Monica all the way to Beverly Hills. Bel Air, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park are included. I also prefer living on flat ground and not on a hill. Cheviot Hills is a bit of an unknown community but wonderfully located between Century City, Beverly Hills and Westwood. Just north of Culver City. I recently built two luxury homes there. Living in one and renting the other until the market improves and then I plan to sell it. It's a luxury rental and includes a Country Club Membership. Last year it was rented by a NBA basketball player. This year a family has it until June. After that it will be available.
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