Beverly Hills Post Office
Beverly Hills Post Office (BHPO) is the name given to a section of Los Angeles, California, that lies within the 90210 ZIP code, which is assigned to the Beverly Hills Post Office. Mailing addresses with the ZIP code 90210 are written as "Beverly Hills, CA 90210", though the properties themselves lie outside of the Beverly Hills city limits.
Beverly Hills Post Office covers most of the luxury gated communities in the Santa Monica Mountains within Los Angeles. They include: The Summit, famous for having had residents such as Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, and Ed McMahon; Mulholland Estates; Beverly Ridge Estates; and Beverly Park, one of the most expensive gated communities in the U.S.
The identification of the section with Beverly Hills did not begin until the 1960s. "When Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914, the northern border was roughly a mile north of Sunset Boulevard, with the exception of Trousdale Estates. The remaining section stretching north to Mulholland Drive was left as part of the hills of Los Angeles, where it remained anonymous for decades." In 1963 the area was included within the 90210 ZIP Code, which also covers the northern part of Beverly Hills.
The actual Beverly Hills Post Office building was designed by architects Allison & Allison and Ralph Frewelling, and built within the city of Beverly Hills in 1932 to 1933.
As citizens of Los Angeles, BHPO residents receive Los Angeles city services and vote in Los Angeles elections. This can cause problems with emergency response. For example, when actress Demi Moore needed an ambulance in January 2012, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles 9-1-1 operators used over two minutes to determine jurisdiction for her home.
The western part of the Beverly Hills Post Office area is zoned to Warner Avenue Elementary School, while the eastern portion is zoned to West Hollywood Elementary School.
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