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Bel Air

Bel-Air, a neighborhood in west Los Angeles, was founded by Alphonzo Bell, an oil tycoon, who purchased 600 acres of land and named it Bel-Air, or "Beautiful Air," after the original Mexican land grant, Rancho San Jose de Buenos Ayres, and the Italian word "Bellissima," meaning "beautiful." The area attracted celebrities such as Clarke Gable, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Burt Reynolds....

Valley Village

Aerial View of Valley Village from FrontGate RE Valley Village is a neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The area that is now Valley Village was once part of the vast landholdings of the Tongva people, who lived in the area for thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers. In the early 20th century, the land was purchased by a group of...

Sherman Oaks

Photo from The Higher Path Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The history of the area is quite interesting, as it goes back to 1910 when a company called the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co. purchased 47,000 acres of land. They believed that there would be a surge of interest in the area due to the City of Los Angeles' plans to develop the...

Woodland Hills

Panoramic view of Woodland Hills from Discover L.A. The Humble Beginnings of the Woodlands Woodland Hills is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California. It is located in the southwestern San Fernando Valley, and is known for its large, upscale homes and its proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains. The area is also home to the Warner Center, a business and shopping district, as well as the...

Encino

The Tree that Started Everything Photo of Encino from Encino Neighborhood Council Encino is a vibrant city located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Known for its rich history and beautiful oak trees, Encino has a unique backstory that dates back to the 1700s. The city was originally home to the Gabrielino Native Americans and was colonized by the Spanish in 1769. The...

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