History of the townAlthough an independent town with some 34,000 inhabitants, Beverly Hills is completely surrounded by the metropolitan area of the city of Los Angeles, and has grown so close to it that the tourist will scarcely get the feeling that he is in a different borough. Situated about 12mi/19km west of Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills was first laid out in 1906 by a land speculator from Beverly Farms in Massachusetts (hence its name) in accordance with a plan whereby the streets would run at a 45 degree angle north from Wilshire Boulevard.
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Apart from the villas in the canyons and hills, the City Hall built in 1932 in the Spanish-Baroque style (corner of 450 N. Crescent Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard) and the nearby Beverly Hills Civic Center which is nearing completion, nowhere can one observe better the ambiance of this town which simply radiates affluence than on Rodeo Drive, between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. In this, the most expensive shopping mile in the world and the meeting point of the international jet-set, can be found 50 or 60 luxury shops and restaurants.
This steep canyon, owned by the Doheny family until 1977, is a highly accessible tract in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Over 100 acres are available for hiking or picnicking, and offers fine views of the city and the ocean. The Upper Franklin Canyon holds a pond and lake that are home for ducks, fish, coyotes and deer.The album covers for the Rolling Stones' album "Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" were both shot here.
Greystone Mansion and Park
A particularly beautiful house in Beverly Hills is Greystone Mansion, which the oil millionaire Edward L. Doheny had built, and which for a time housed the America Film Institute.This fortress-like Tudor mansion was built in 1928 as a gift to his son. It cost more than $4 million to build. The mansion is closed to the public however the grounds are open, which includes formal gardens.
Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study
Operated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the same people who present the Oscars), the Center for Motion Picture Study offers a comprehensive library of 20,000 books, six million still photos, 17,000 posters and 60,000 screenplays all dealing with film. About 12,000 films (mostly by Hollywood) are stored. Researchers with valid photo ID may use the library collections.
Spago Beverley Hills is a flagship of Wolfgang Puck restaurants. This favorite of the Hollywood crowd serves California cuisine at expensive prices. The kitchen is viewed through colorful, etched glass, making it center stage during dining. Original artwork and jeweled details are found throughout the dining room and a beautifully landscaped garden patio is open year-round.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
The Virginia Robinson Gardens represents an early twentieth century estate. Opened to the public in 1982, the Gardens cover six acres and have five distinctive gardens. Visitors can walk along the brick paths, view the fountains and ponds as well as enjoying the large magnolia trees with a variety of camellias, gardenias, clivias and azaleas growing beneath.
Beverly Hills Civic Center
The Beverly Hills Civic Center opened in 1992 and is linked to the City Hall building which was built in 1932. It was designed by architect and educator Charles Moore in the Spanish colonial style. The center was the focus of an ambitious $120-million facelift.
Paley Center (formerly Museum of Television and Radio)
The Paley Center in Beverly Hills offers visitors a chance to watch or listen to radio and TV footage from their stock of over 75,000 programs, including the U.S. civil rights struggle of the sixties to 1989's Tiananmen Square Massacre to Lucille Ball.
Address: 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4601, United States
Opening hours: 12pm-5pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior $8.00, Child 14 & under $5.00, Students $4.00
Useful tips: The museum has no lunchroom facilities and no eating or drinking is permitted on the premises. Recording and photography are not permitted in the museum.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop
Beverly Hills Hotel
The Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills is one of the premier hotels in the United States. Expect to pay dearly for one of the villas set in a lush garden landscape.
Address: 701 Stone Canyon Road, Beverly Hills, CA 90077-2909, United States
Century City has shopping, luxury hotels and proximity to LAX.
Century City Shopping Center
The Century City Shopping Center has more than 140 stores in an open-air outdoor setting. There are 14 theaters and a number of restaurants.
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