Insider’s Guide to The Most Iconic Los Angeles Neighborhoods

  • Luxury Hub
  • 02/23/21
The most luxurious and exclusive communities in the Los Angeles, California area.
Are you ready to relocate to Los Angeles or planning to move up and experience luxury living by buying Los Angeles property in one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods? Los Angeles is like no other city on the planet and features a variety of neighborhoods made famous by movies, TV shows, and celebrity residents. If you want to experience the epitome of LA life, consider these iconic neighborhoods that are sure to please even the most discerning of homeowners.

Beverly Hills

It’s hard to separate Los Angeles and the ultra-swanky Beverly Hills when you’re talking about luxury property. Two of the most iconic neighborhoods in Beverly Hills are Beverly Hills Gateway and Beverly Hills Flats. The Gateway neighborhood, where homes average $10.05 million, is the home of the Beverly Hilton, where the Golden Globes are held, as well as the Virginia Robinson Gardens. The Flats area is where stars such as Justin Bieber and Betty White live. These tree-lined streets are the epitome of Beverly Hills, and homes in this part of the city average $7.5 million. If you’re looking at Beverly Hills homes for sale and can’t afford these two areas, you can also choose from Trousdale Estates or the Beverly Hills

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Though you’ll have to make a big investment to live in one of these posh neighborhoods, the amenities are endless. You can shop on Rodeo Drive, hang out at the Beverly Hills Hotel, stroll through the Greystone Mansion & Gardens, and enjoy the beautiful scenery without being distracted by annoying billboards (they’re not allowed in any Beverly Hills neighborhood.)
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Want to rub shoulders with billionaires and A-list celebrities? Then you need to look into buying Malibu real estate. With amazing beachfront views and stunning architecture, Malibu’s homes are some of the most expensive in the nation. With an average value of $10.65 million, Malibu homes are owned by stars such as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Ellen DeGeneres. They love the 27 miles of scenic beauty that Malibu boasts as well as the ultra-safe environment and access to more than 500 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or walking.
There are dozens of small communities that make up Malibu. One of the most exclusive is Malibu Colony, a guarded and gated community where median prices run in the $13 million range. Other luxury neighborhoods include Point Dume, with its private beach access for residents and its own elementary school, and Carbon Mesa, which is perfect for those who want some extra space since homes are spaced far apart for privacy.

Santa Monica

If you want to be on the cutting edge of the country’s startup and creative scene, you should definitely check out Santa Monica homes for sale. Home to three famous health facilities (Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Providence Saint John’s Health Center), the neighborhood also boasts iconic Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. There’s no lack of celebrities in Santa Monica, either! It’s home to Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, and the Beckhams.
North Montana is arguably the poshest neighborhood in Santa Monica. As chic as it is beautiful, this community is lushly green and populated by mission-style homes on large lots that sell for a median of $3.9 million. Santa Monica real estate is not limited to North Montana, though. You can also settle in famous communities like Sunset Park, Wilshire Montana, and Ocean Park.
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Manhattan Beach

The upscale beach community of Manhattan Beach is located in the South Bay area, known for being one of the city’s most popular beach towns. This community embraces healthy living and is easily walkable — something homeowners love to do due to the balmy temps and proximity to the water and other nearby desirable beach communities like Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. The median home price in what is known as the “Sand Section” of L.A. is $3 million, but there are plenty of more luxurious homes available all the way up to $25 million (and more!).
Sports icons gravitate to the trendy Manhattan Beach area. Many of the Los Angeles Kings call this area home, as do athletic superstars like Mia Hamm and Maria Sharapova. The reasons they love this neighborhood are the proximity to both the airport and the Toyota Sports Center, as well as the downtown area’s emerging dining scene.


Want to live in Westside affluence in the city? Consider checking out Los Angeles real estate in the Platinum Triangle area, which includes Holmby Hills, Beverly Hills, and ultra-swanky Bel Air. Not only does Bel-Air boast celebrity residents like Jennifer Lopez, Elon Musk, and Beyonce, but it's also been the location of popular television shows and movies. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Get Shorty,” and “The Rockford Files” were all filmed in this iconic neighborhood.
You’ll pay to luxuriate in the high-end Bel-Air community. Homes cost anywhere from $2 to $10 million, and the cost of living hovers around 26% higher than the national average. For that investment, though, you’ll get a home with spacious grounds, gorgeous views, and the safety of gated communities. You’ll also have access to nearby up-and-coming downtown L.A. and, of course, all the sand and sun you could ever hope for.
Long known as a refuge for the world’s most rich and famous political, business, and entertainment moguls, Bel-Air has a reputation for being ultra-exclusive and private. If you want to get out of the hustle and bustle and have the bankroll to do it, finding one of the homes for sale in Bel-Air could be the perfect solution.
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Though it’s certainly not one of the most affordable places to live in the United States, Los Angeles is definitely one of the most iconic. With world-class shopping, amazing dining options, and more than 15 beaches, it’s no wonder that celebrities and the ultra-rich make their homes in this trendy city.

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