East Gate Bel Air, Los Angeles

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East Gate Bel Air
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
The East Gate entrance to Bel Air at Beverly Glen and Sunset Blvds.
The East Gate entrance to Bel Air at Beverly Glen and Sunset Blvds.
East Gate Bel Air is located in Los Angeles
East Gate Bel Air
East Gate Bel Air
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°04′51″N 118°26′08″W / 34.080833°N 118.435556°W / 34.080833; -118.435556
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles

East Gate Bel Air (or Old Bel Air) is a small and affluent area within the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, California. It is made up of large, old estates developed mostly before World War II.[verification needed]

Location[edit]

As shown in the “Bel Air First Residential Allotment” map from 1923, the original Bel Air tract of East Gate Old Bel Air founded and opened by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr. was composed of 128 lots on Bel Air Road (which passes north from South Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevards through the East Gate entrance[1]—and hence the logical East Gate name) and the five roads which branch from it: Saint Pierre, Saint Cloud, Bellagio (to Stone Canyon), Copa De Oro, and Nîmes Roads.[2] Though many of these 128 lots have since been combined into single properties, this original 1923 Bel Air allotment is what distinguishes East Gate Old Bel Air from the rest of present day Bel Air, which was gradually added by Bell starting in 1931 with Stone Canyon (known then as Bel Air Woodland), and by 1937 Bel Air extended westward all the way to Sepulveda Boulevard (its westernmost boundary today).[3]

At its southernmost edge (where Copa de Oro Road meets Sunset Boulevard), East Gate Old Bel Air borders the campus of UCLA. At its easternmost edge, it borders Holmby Hills. This combined contiguous area of East Gate Bel Air and Holmby Hills straddles North Beverly Glen Boulevard (at a verdant bend of Saint Pierre Road and De Neve Square Park).

In general, the further one moves west from Saint Pierre Road to West Gate Lower Bel Air and north from Sunset Boulevard up the Santa Monica Mountains to Upper Bel Air, the smaller and the less flat the building lots and the more varied the styles and price ranges of the homes (with development fueled largely by postwar demand in the 1950s).

History[edit]

On the undeveloped hillsides of original Bel Air in 1922, Alphonzo Bell built water and sewage pipes, installed underground electric and telephone lines, and planted thousands of trees along winding streets traversing the hilly terrain.[2] Bell refused to sell the original East Gate Old Bel Air allotments to anyone in the film business, though changed his mind on all of Bel Air with the arrival of the Great Depression. A design committee existed (and still exists to the present day[3] ≈to preserve the “architectural harmony” of the community, with restrictions including low masses, horizontal lines, pitched roofs, and unobtrusive and harmonious colors,[2] and deed restrictions required land purchasers to spend a minimum of $20,000 on home construction.[1]

Demographics[edit]

East Gate Old Bel Air is unusual in having a rather high concentration of very large Republican Party contributors, as Los Angeles is otherwise heavily Democratic.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

Name Road
Beny Alagem[5] Bel Air
John Anderson (former)[6] Bellagio
Stephen Bollenbach[7] Saint Cloud
Sonny Bono and Cher (former) Saint Pierre
Franklin Otis Booth, Jr. (former) Bellagio
Bruce Cabot (former)[8] Saint Pierre
Nicolas Cage (former)[9] Copa De Oro
B. Gerald Cantor (former)[10] Saint Cloud
Johnny Carson (former) and Joanna Carson[11] Saint Pierre
Marion Davies (former)[12] Saint Pierre
Michael Eisner Bel Air
Georgia Frontiere[9] Bellagio
Zsa Zsa Gabor Bel Air
Judy Garland (former) Bel Air
Brad Grey Copa De Oro
Salma Hayek Nîmes
Rick Hilton Copa De Oro
Darby Hinton and Daryn Hinton (former)[13] Bel Air
Alfred Hitchcock (former)[14] Saint Cloud
Alan Horn[15] Saint Cloud
Howard Hughes (former)[16] Bellagio
Ray Irani Saint Pierre
Mick Jagger (former)[12][17] Saint Pierre
Jonas Brothers (former)[18] Saint Pierre
Tom Jones Copa De Oro
Jordan Kerner (former)[18] Saint Pierre
Otto Klemperer (former)[19] Bel Air
Carole Lombard (former)[14] Saint Cloud
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (former)[20] Saint Pierre
Dean Martin (former) Copa De Oro
Louis Mayer (former) Saint Cloud
Bob Newhart Bel Air
Jerry Perenchio Saint Cloud
John Phillips (former)[17] Saint Pierre
Tyrone Power, Linda Christian and Romina Power (former)[21] Copa De Oro
Elvis Presley (former)[16] Bellagio
Prince Rainier of Monaco (former)[16] Bellagio
Basil Rathbone (former)[22][23][24][25]
Ronald Reagan (former) and Nancy Reagan Saint Cloud
Terry Semel[26] Bellagio
Mark Spitznagel[27] Saint Pierre
Elizabeth Taylor (former)[28] Nîmes
Cheryl Tiegs[29] Nîmes
Sir Peter Ustinov (former) Bellagio
Johnny Weissmuller (former)[12] Saint Pierre
Brian Wilson (former) Bellagio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A part of the city, yet apart from it too," Los Angeles Times, Mar. 6, 2005
  2. ^ a b c Houses of Los Angeles, Volume II, Sam Watters, 2007. p.12,13
  3. ^ a b Bel Air Association website
  4. ^ The Huffington Post FundRace 2008 Contributions map
  5. ^ Wikimapia
  6. ^ BlockShopper website
  7. ^ "The Sky’s the Limit", Los Angeles Magazine, Jan., 1998. p.52
  8. ^ Big Time Listings website, Nov. 1, 2008
  9. ^ a b Big Time Listings website, Feb. 29, 2008
  10. ^ "Be The Reagans' Neighbor," Forbes, Dec., 2000
  11. ^ King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson, Laurence Leamer, 2005. p.240
  12. ^ a b c Paul Revere Williams Project website
  13. ^ Los Angeles County Assessor/1234 Bel Air Road
  14. ^ a b Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, Patrick McGilligan, 2004. p.245
  15. ^ The Huffington Post FundRace 2008 Contributions map
  16. ^ a b c Legendary Estates
  17. ^ a b "King of the wild frontier," The Observer, Mar. 15, 2009
  18. ^ a b Real Estalker website, Oct. 21, 2008
  19. ^ A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Emigres and Exiles in Southern California, Dorothy Lamb Crawford, 2009. p.45
  20. ^ Real Estalker website, Nov. 21, 2008
  21. ^ http://www.tyrone-power.com/article_portraits_1.html /Look Magazine December 2, 1952
  22. ^ https://www.google.com/search?q=Basil+Rathbone+10728+Bellagio+Road&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yt4UUqqrELOAygG8h4DQCA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=973&bih=459
  23. ^ In And Out Of Character autobiography by Basil Rathbone
  24. ^ Linda Finch, Basil Rathbone Memorial Soiety
  25. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Basil-Rathbone-Memorial-Society/119835868090128?ref=hl
  26. ^ The Huffington Post FundRace 2008 Contributions map
  27. ^ "J-Lo and Marc Anthony Sell In Los Angeles to Financier," The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2010
  28. ^ Movie Star Homes , Judy Artunian, Mike Oldham 2004.
  29. ^ The Huffington Post FundRace 2008 Contributions map