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Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills is one of three communities comprising the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles. It is smaller than the other two - Bel Air and Beverly Hills - but it is the most exclusive. Properties in the neighborhood include recently-built mega mansions and some of the most expensive (and historic) estates in all of Los Angeles.

It is a must-consider neighborhood for well-qualified home buyers to evaluate if they are looking to buy a stately mansion, in a park-like setting, within a large metropolitan area. The community straddles Sunset Boulevard, borders the Los Angeles Country Club, and is home to two parks, Holmby Park and De Neve Square Park.

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About Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills shares its borders with Bel Air on the north; Beverly Crest, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles Country Club to the west; and Westwood to the south and east. The portion of the community that sits north of Sunset Boulevard is lies within the 90077 zip code, while the 90024 zip code is used for parts south of Sunset Boulevard. The neighborhood is rich with public parks, lush landscaping, and English-style street lamps that were installed exclusively in the neighborhood in the 1920s.

Holmby Hills was first developed by Arthur Letts, Sr., and the Janss Investment Company, Lett's son-in-law's family business which had over two decades of experience in the subdivision business in and around Los Angeles. In 1919, Letts had purchased 3296 acres of what was Wolfskill Ranch and set aside 400 acres for an estate section that would become Holmby Hills, an area whose name he took from his family home in England and had already used in naming his grand Hollywood estate Holmby House. Letts kept a stake in the land but let the Janss family oversee development, a task they carried on after Letts died in 1923.

The development of Holmby Hills was handled differently than its Platinum Triangle counterparts, with less restrictive deeds on who could and found not buy and what could be built. In fact, the only notable restrictions were those banning commercial structures, requiring minimum setbacks, and forbidding subdividing lots for fifty years. The developers had faith that anyone with the means to purchase in their community would strive to meet a certain standard. As if to hedge their bets on the standards buyers would strive for, the first homes in the neighborhood were built by two of the Janss brothers, both moving in before the first lots were sold publicly. The houses they built set the standard for style, expense, elegance, and grandeur prospective estate buyers were expected to equal in their own homes.

The Janss Investment Company tried to further set themselves apart from their competition with subtle comparisons like touting Holmby Hills sites as offering elevated views "without steep grades" and by practicing discretion, with press releases rarely naming anyone who bought a lot.

Notable Holmby Hills Estates and Homes:

  • 100 North Carolwood Drive: Home, then owned by Ed Hardy CEO Hubert Guez, where Michael Jackson was renting for $100,000 per month when he passed away. Architect: Richard Landry; Developer: Mohamed Hadid
  • 301 North Carolwood Drive: Former Home of Barbara Streisand
  • 320 North Carolwood Drive: Former Home of Frank Sinatra. Brad Grey purchased the home, was married there, then demolished the home in 2012 before listing the lot for sale.
  • 325 North Carolwood Drive: Former home of Clark Gable
  • 350 North Carolwood Drive (a.k.a. Fleur de Lys)
  • 355 North Carolwood Drive: Former home of Walt Disney, whose home was demolished due to issues with asbestos
  • 375 North Carolwood Drive: Former home of Harold Janss and Gregory Peck. Architect: Gordon Kaufmann. Home was demolished by Bradley Bell, who bought the property to add 4 acres of gardens to his estate at 391 North Carolwood Drive.
  • 391 North Carolwood Drive: Former home of Rod Stewart. Home of Bradley Bell, who bought and added the property at 375 North Carolwood Drive to his estate
  • 312 North Faring Road (aka: Fanny Brice Estate): Former home of Fanny Brice. Since demolished when Richard and Lauren King set out to renovate and instead tore the home down. An original John Elgin Woolf-designed guesthouse was not demolished during their restoration and still exists on the property. Original architect: John Elgin Woolf. Restoration (or reconstruction) done by: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, high-end home builder Peter McCoy (blamed for the over-zealous demolition), and landscape architect Nancy Goslee Power
  • 111 North Mapleton Drive: Former home of Aaron Spelling and Joseph Mankiewicz. Architect: Paul Williams
  • 138 North Mapleton Drive: Former home of Casey Kasem and Abraham M. Lurie. Architect: James Dolena
  • 250 Delfern Drive: Home built by Bugsy Siegel, although he never lived there. Former home of Max Factor
  • 384 Delfern Drive (aka: the Singleton House): Architect: Wallace Neff
  • 200 Baroda Drive: Former home of Gary Cooper. Estate now includes the lot at 240 Baroda Drive. Architect A. Quincy Jones
  • 10000 Sunset Boulevard: Former home of Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, and their daughter Liza Minnelli; and Howard Hughes. Architect Wallace Neff
  • 10066 Sunset Boulevard: Now demolished. Former home of Edwin Janss, whose family business developed Holmby Hills. Gate to the estate was used in the 1950 film Sunset Blvd. Estate is now incorporated into the Owlwood Estate at 141 South Carolwood Drive
  • 10100 Sunset Boulevard (aka: The Pink Palace): Now demolished. First owned (but never occupied) by Rudy Vallée. Former home of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay; and Engelbert Humperdinck. Estate is now incorporated into the Owlwood Estate at 141 South Carolwood Drive
  • 10250 Sunset Boulevard (aka: Maison Du Soleil): 1939 Traditional home. Home of Max Azria. Architect: Paul Williams
  • 141 South Carolwood Drive (aka: Owlwood): Former home of Joe Schenck; Marilyn Monroe; Tony Curtis; Sonny Bono and Cher; and Cher and Greg Allman. Currently encompasses the lots where the now demolished 10060 Sunset Boulevard and 10100 Sunset Boulevard once stood. Architect: Robert D. Farquhar
  • 10236 Charing Cross Road (aka: Playboy mansion): Former home of Arthur Letts, Jr., son of Arthur Letts, Holmby Hills co-founder and developer. Former home of Hugh Hefner (who rented the property from Playboy Enterprises) and numerous Playboy Playmates. Architect: Arthur R. Kelly
  • 360 South Mapleton Drive (aka: Brody House): A Mid-Century Modern masterpiece designed in 1949 by architect A. Quincy Jones, interior designer Billy Haines, and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo. Purchased by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
  • 515 South Mapleton Drive: Former home of Joan Bennett. Architect: Wallace Neff
  • 545 South Mapleton Drive (aka: The Mapleton Estate): Former home of W. Howard Lester. Architect: Robert Sinclair and Designer: Mark Boone
  • 594 South Mapleton Drive (aka: The Manor): Site of the now demolished former home of Bing Crosby originally designed by architect George Kaufmann. After demolishing the previous structure, the Spellings (Aaron, Candy, and Tori) built their home, The Manor, the largest home in Los Angeles. Current home of Petra Ecclestone. Architect of The Manor: James Langenheim & Associates

Notable and Celebrity Holmby Hills Residents (Past and Present):

  • Walt Disney: Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company
  • Frank Sinatra: Singer and Actor
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: Singer
  • Barbara Streisand: Musician and Actress
  • Rod Stewart: Singer-Songwriter
  • Sonny Bono: Recording Artist, Record Producer, Actor, and Congressman
  • Cher: Singer and Actress
  • Gregg Allman: Musician
  • Athur Letts, Jr.: Son of Arthur Letts, Holmby Hills Developer and Co-Founder
  • Edwin Janss: Co-Founder and Developer of Holmby Hills
  • Harold Janss: Co-Founder and Developer of Holmby Hills
  • Bing Crosby: Actor and Singer
  • Neil Diamond: Musician
  • Clark Gable: Actor
  • Gary Cooper: Actor
  • Howard Hughes: Aviator, Business Magnate, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, Investor, and Aerospace Engineer
  • Danny DeVito: Actor
  • Rhea Perlman: Actress
  • Casey Kasem: Radio Personality and Voice Actor
  • Jean Kasem: Actress
  • Judy Garland: Actress and Singer
  • Vincente Minnelli: Director
  • Liza Minelli: Actress, Singer, and Dancer
  • Aaron Spelling: Producer
  • Gregory Peck: Actor
  • Hugh Hefner: Magazine Publisher, Chief Creative Officer, and Founder of Playboy Enterprises
  • Joe Schenck: Film Executive
  • Marilyn Monroe: Actress, Model, and Sex Symbol
  • Jayne Mansfield: Actress, Singer, Playboy Playmate, and Sex Symbol
  • Mickey Hargitay: Mr. Universe and Actor
  • Jack Benny: Comedian and Actor
  • Jennifer Jones: Actress
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Comedian, Television Host, and Actress
  • Portia de Rossi: Actress and Model
  • Donald Bren: Real Estate Developer
  • Tony Curtis: Actor
  • Lloyd Bridges: Actor
  • Dorothy Bridges: Actress and Poet
  • Jeff Bridges: Actor
  • Beau Bridges: Actor
  • Irene Dunne: Actress and Singer
  • Kelsey Grammer: Actor
  • Abraham M. Lurie: Real Estate Developer who shaped Marina Del Rey
  • Jon Feltheimer: CEO of Lion's Gate Entertainment
  • Max Azria: Fashion Designer
  • Alan Ladd: Actor
  • Petra Ecclestone: Formula One Heiress, Socialite, and Model
  • Bradley Bell: Soap Opera Writer and Producer
  • Bill Bell: Soap Opera Producer
  • Max Factor: Founder of Max Factor & Company
  • W. Howard Lester: Former CEO of Williams-Sonoma
  • Sidney Sheldon: Writer
  • Fanny Brice: Model, Comedian, Singer, and Actress
  • Brad Grey: Television and Film Producer
  • Michael Jackson: Singer and Entertainer
  • Joseph Mankiewicz: Oscar-Winning Director
  • Joe Roth: Film Executive, Producer, and Director
  • Joan Bennett: Actress

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