Bel-Air was originally envisioned as a “Community of Gentlemen’s Estates” by oil tycoon and real estate magnate Alphonzo Edward Bell, who forbade celebrities to buy property in his exclusive neighborhood.
But a wave of new money generated by a booming movie industry opened the gates for Hollywood elite. Tinseltown luminaries such as Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Alfred Hitchcock are among those to have called the area home.
Bel-Air has remained the neighborhood of choice for many high-profile names seeking privacy and exclusivity, with residents including Jay-Z and Beyonce, Elon Musk and Jennifer Aniston.
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