Bel Air is an exclusive neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles and in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Known for being a celebrity enclave, the community is divided into Lower and Upper Bel Air. The stately manors of Lower Bel Air are situated on large estate properties, while Upper Bel Air homes, being smaller in size, boast beautiful city views. The well-educated, high income community of Bel Air features several excellent private schools close to home. There are several entrances into Bel Air, but the most notable are the iconic Bel Air Gates; the East Gate at Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevards and the West Gate at Bellagio Drive and Sunset Boulevard.
The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell, son of a very prestigious Los Angeles family, who not only was a real estate developer, but who had also medaled in the 1904 Olympics in Tennis. His wife Minnewa chose the Italian names for the streets of Bel Air.