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Since the 1920s, the Flats of Beverly Hills have been one of the most desirable and sought-after neighborhoods in the city, if not all of Southern California. Long the home of residents ranging from movie stars to local business leaders, it was developed according to a master plan in which all addresses began with 500 and progressed to the 1000 block. As the addresses went up, the lots became larger and the homes more elaborate. The plan was for successful residents to move from the 500 block to the 700 or 800 block as they became able. Decades later, it’s still true.

The flats may be unique among major cities in the world. Where else can you play tennis in your back yard and also walk to Gucci, Prada, Cartier and other major luxury retailers, world-famous hotels and award-winning restaurants? While real estate markets have faced shifting cycles over the decades, The Flats have remained one of the most stable and recession-proof neighborhoods in California. In this issue, we celebrate one of Greater LA’s most famous places.
John Aaroe
 
In Place: Beverly Hills Flats

In 1913, a year after the Beverly Hills Hotel opened and a year before the city was born, a large, two-story shingled chalet appeared on the barren flats nearby. Decades later, it would be treasured by actor Leslie Nielsen. Recently, the home at 721 North Beverly Drive was listed by Aaroe Estates Director Bobby Syed. This is its first time on the market since 1974, when Nielsen sold it to the current owners.
The Flats, once a near-empty plain, is one of the most exclusive and famous residential enclaves in the world. Its tiny empire reaches from Whittier and Doheny Drives, between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards.

In very early aerial photos, you can see how the area got its name — a giant, smooth pancake spread out in front of the Santa Monica Mountains. In a current version of the same view, the area is covered in a luxurious emerald blanket of trees — the brainchild of the development’s landscape architect, an admirer of Central Park’s Frederick Law Olmsted. Later, when silent films began to showcase these wide, curving, palm-lined streets, moviegoers across the country swooned at the wealthy Southern California lifestyle.
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Don’t let it flutter by DON’T LET IT FLUTTER BY

The new Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum is a fleeting, seasonal delight. The brief summer showing at the new facility ends October 16. If you miss it, though, no problem: next up is the Spider Pavilion with some 300 arachnids. more »
Dying to be scared? DYING TO BE SCARED?

Creep LA is just your cup of venom. Light years away from a Halloween maze, it’s a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience that loses you inside a world of “twisted art and intimate terror.” We’re there! We think. more »
All that (LA) jazz ALL THAT (LA) JAZZ

Jazz at LACMA, the museum’s glorious annual celebration of our finest local jazz musicians, is one of the best free live music offerings around. The 2016 series ends in November, so catch a Friday session fast. more »
 
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