Trousdale Estates

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Trousdale Estates is a neighborhood of Beverly Hills, California, located in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains. It was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and is named after Paul Trousdale, a real estate developer.[1]

As of September 2019, the average sale price of a home in Trousdale Estates was over $11 million.[2]

Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, CA
Trousdale Estates Entrance
Loma Vista in Trousdale Estates
Corner of Trousdale Place and Loma Vista Drive, looking southwest.


The grounds originally belonged to Mrs. Lucy Smith Doheny Battson, wife of Edward L. Doheny, Jr. (1893–1929), son of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (1856–1935); were known as the Doheny Ranch or the Doheny Estate; and included the Greystone Mansion, which is now a United States Historical Site.[3][4][5][6] In 1954, Paul Trousdale (1915–1990) purchased the grounds, while the mansion was purchased by industrialist Henry Crown (1896–1990).[3][5][6][7][8][9] Shortly after, Trousdale convinced the Beverly Hills City Council to add the neighborhood to the city, which they accepted, and he renamed it the Trousdale Estates.[4][5][7][10][11]

Loma Vista Drive from the corner of Chalette Drive, looking north.

Trousdale first built 532 original lots, all subject to strict regulations devised by the Architectural Committee, including how high roofs could be.[10] Early houses were designed by renowned architects Wallace Neff (1895–1982), Paul R. Williams (1894–1980), A. Quincy Jones (1913–1979), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) and Harold Levitt (1922–2003).[7] Allen Siple (1900–1973) acted as the supervising architect.[12]

By 1981, some houses were remodeled, blocking their neighbors' views.[10] As a result, after some consultation in 1987 the Trousdale Estates Homeowners Association, a non-profit organization, and the City of Beverly Hills implemented the Trousdale Ordinance to preserve the neighborhood.[10][13] There are also "view protections" that protect a resident's view from neighboring trees, outlined in the Trousdale Ordinance.[14] The City of Beverly Hills now enforces these building codes and view protections.

The 410 acres (170 ha) neighborhood has 24/7 security patrol cars with armed guards.[15] In addition, the Beverly Hills Police Department has increased its day and night rounds in the neighborhood with dedicated patrols.[16]

Loma Vista is the main thoroughfare in Trousdale Estates.[17]

Notable residents[edit]

Celebrity residents have included Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, Ray Charles, Howard Hughes, and Groucho Marx. President Richard Nixon lived in the neighborhood.[7][18][19] When Nixon, who had just been Vice President from 1953 to 1961 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, purchased his residence, Frank McCullogh of the Los Angeles Times reported that he had paid only $90,000 for a house whose real price was $300,000 as the developers believed his name would add prestige to the neighborhood.[20]

More recently, Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, David Spade, Zoë de Givenchy, Vera Wang, John Rich, Jane Fonda, Richard Perry, Markus Persson, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, and Charlie Puth have lived in the neighborhood.[7][21][22]

Jeffery Katzenberg, who co-founded DreamWorks, bought a $35 million, 8,704 square feet (808.6 m2) mansion in Trousdale Estates from Simon Ramo, an American physicist, engineer, and business leader.[23] Katzenberg hosted fundraisers for President Barack Obama at this mansion.[24]

In July 2019, Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and his wife Eliza Nguyen bought an 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) mansion for $72.5 million in Trousdale Estates.[25][26]

In August 2021, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber sold their home in Trousdale Estates for a reported $13.5 million.[27]

In February 2022, David Spade sold his home in Trousdale Estates for a reported $19.5 million.[28]

In February 2022, producer and Otto GmbH heiress Katharina Otto-Bernstein bought a home for $13.8 million.[29]

In popular culture[edit]

Trousdale Estates plays a role in Seasons Two and Three of the Showtime TV series Ray Donovan as the eponymous character attempts to buy a $4 million house in the neighborhood. In the series, it is a symbol of "moving up" from nearby Calabasas, although it may be worth noting that Calabasas in itself is a wealthy city, in fact wealthier than Beverly Hills as a whole, if not Trousdale Estates in particular.[30]


  1. ^ Price, Steven M. (17 January 2017). Trousdale Estates : Midcentury to modern in Beverly Hills. Dunning, Brad,, Schmidt, Stephen. New York, NY. ISBN 9781941393376. OCLC 961859428.
  2. ^ "Trousdale Estates, Los Angeles Housing Market: House Prices & Trends | Redfin". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  3. ^ a b Myrna Oliver, Lucy Doheny Battson, 100; Family Made Fortune in Oil, Los Angeles Times, June 22, 1993
  4. ^ a b William Alexander Mcclung, Landscapes of Desire: Anglo Mythologies of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2002, p. 132 [1]
  5. ^ a b c Mary Ann Bonino, The Doheny Mansion: A Biography of a Home, 2008, p. 65 [2]
  6. ^ a b Don Sloper, Los Angeles's Chester Place, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, p. 65 [3]
  7. ^ a b c d e Erika Riggs, Elvis' Beverly Hills home goes on the market, NBC
  8. ^ Marc Wanamaker, Early Beverly Hills, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, p. 51 [4]
  9. ^ Ann Herold, Trousdale Estates, Los Angeles, January 09, 2012
  10. ^ a b c d "History and other Facts".
  11. ^ Marc Wanamaker, Beverly Hills, (Ca): 1930-2005, Arcadia Publishing, 2006, p. 39 [5]
  12. ^ Alan Hess, Forgotten modern: California houses 1940–1970, Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2007, pp. 262–264 [6]
  13. ^ Jeff Burbank, Development Dispute in Trousdale Estates: Homeowners Split on Proposed Limits, Los Angeles Times, February 15, 1987
  14. ^ "Trousdale View Restoration". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  15. ^ "Trousdale Security Patrol".
  16. ^ "Beverly Hills Burglary Suspects in Custody Following Hourslong Search by Police". KTLA. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  17. ^ "Loma Vista Dr". Loma Vista Dr. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  18. ^ Max Feeney, Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2012, p. 38 [7]
  19. ^ Tiffany Hsu, Elvis Presley's Beverly Hills estate for sale at $13 million, Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2012
  20. ^ David Halberstam, The Powers That Be, Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1975, p. 344 [ trousdale&f=false]
  21. ^ Lauren Beale, Hot Property: TV and film director John Rich lists Trousdale Estates home at $11.9 million, Los Angeles Times, June 06, 2011
  22. ^ Hot Property: Jane Fonda, Richard Perry, Los Angeles Times
  23. ^ "Jeffrey Katzenberg's house in Beverly Hills, CA (Google Maps) (#3)". Virtual Globetrotting. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  24. ^ "Inside Jeffrey Katzenberg's Final Fundraiser for President Obama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  25. ^ Waller, Hailey (December 7, 2019). "L.A. Neighborhood Went From 'Friends' Home to Tech Mogul Hub". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  26. ^ "Uber Co-Founder Buys Record-Breaking $72 Mill Beverly Hills Home". Beverly Hills, CA Patch. 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  27. ^ Flemming, Jack. "Cindy Crawford sells Beverly Hills Midcentury for $13.5 million". LA Times. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  28. ^ Solomont, E. B. "'Saturday Night Live' Alum David Spade Gets $19.5 Million for Beverly Hills Home". Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  29. ^ McClain, James (2022-02-25). "Billionaire Crate & Barrel Heiress Pays Cash for Trousdale Estates Midcentury". DIRT. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  30. ^ Winslow, Hailey (2020-02-28). "Calabasas beats out Beverly Hills as one of richest cities in U.S." FOX 11. Retrieved 2020-12-20.

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Coordinates: 34°06′13″N 118°23′50″W / 34.1035°N 118.3973°W / 34.1035; -118.3973