About Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills is an affluent neighborhood in western Los Angeles. It is bordered by the city of Beverly Hills on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, Westwood on the west, and Bel-Air on the north. Sunset Boulevard is the area’s principal thoroughfare.

Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, and Beverly Hills form the “Platinum Triangle” of Los Angeles’ priciest and most exclusive neighborhoods. Many of the estates in Holmby Hills boast panoramic views of the entire Los Angeles Basin. Many high-level entertainment industry executives, such as Interscope Records founder Jimmy Lovine, television producer Aaron Spelling, movie mogul Ray Stark, and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (whose home is better known as the Playboy Mansion), currently reside or have previously resided in the area.

History of Holmby Hills

The first developer of the land that Holmby Hills, Westwood, and UCLA now occupy was Don Maximo Alanis, a Spanish soldier who obtained title to 4,438 acres under a Mexican land grant in 1843. He called it San Jose de Buenos Aires. In 1884, about 2,000 acres of this land came into the possession of a forty-niner named John Wolfskill, who paid $10 an acre for it and built a ranch house near the present-day LA Temple of the LDS Church.

The actual development of Holmby Hills began when millionaire Arthur Letts, Sr. purchased 400 acres of the original Wolfskill ranch at $100 an acre. Letts, who was born in England in 1862, had made his fortune by transforming a small, bankrupt dry goods business in Los Angeles into the Broadway Department Store empire. He was not only a shrewd businessman, but also a skilled horticulturist; the grounds of his Hollywood home were planted with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers, and his cactus collection was known across the country.

His master plan for the prime land he had purchased in west L.A. was to create a neighborhood of grandiose estates. He personally christened the development “Holmby Hills,” which was loosely derived from the name of his birthplace, a small hamlet in England called Holdenby. Letts died suddenly in 1923, before he could realize his vision.

His son-in-law, Harold Janss, took over the project, which was billed as “The Ultimate in Residential Estate Development.” Zoning for the community, which straddles Sunset Boulevard, was designed to accommodate large lot sizes (up to 4 acres). Electric and telephone lines were buried beneath the wide, tree-lined streets to preserve the landscape. Handsome, English-style street lamps, designed exclusively for Holmby Hills, were erected throughout the neighborhood.

Among the first mansions built here in the late 1920s was the Tudor-style home of the founder’s son, Arthur Letts, Jr. Thanks to its lush landscaping, enormous lot sizes, and privacy, from the beginning Holmby Hills has attracted the rich and famous. In the 1950s, Walt Disney built his dream home here, which featured a miniature steam railroad, complete with 300 feet of track and a 90-foot long tunnel. Celebrities such as Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Gary Cooper, Barbara Streisand, Hugh M. Hefner and Sonny & Cher have all called Holmby Hills their home.

The Draw

Besides grand homes, the neighborhood has two parks ringed by mature sycamore trees.

Holmby Park is south of Sunset Boulevard, and the quaint De Neve Square is to the north. Holmby Park has two playgrounds, a nine-hole putting green and classic lawn bowling. The Armand Hammer Golf Course is named for the founder of Occidental Petroleum, who lived just up the block and enjoyed the greens. The Holmby Park Bowling Club was established in 1927 and calls itself the official lawn bowling club of Los Angeles.

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Watch this video of a Holmby Hills Mansion recently SOLD and the highest sales price so far recorded in the Holmby Hills Area of Los Angeles. SOLD by the Christophe Choo Real Estate Group

Homes SOLD In Holmby Hills

  1. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,314 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,602 sqft
    Year built: 1931
  2. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,314 sq ft
    Year built: 1931
  3. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,943 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,552 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  4. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,943 sq ft
    Year built: 1940
  5. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,540 sq ft
    Year built: 1936
  6. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,540 sq ft
    Year built: 1936
  7. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,579 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  8. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,579 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
  9. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,415 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  10. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,415 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
  11. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,722 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,792 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  12. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,722 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,792 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  13. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,637 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,276 sqft
    Year built: 1985
  14. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,637 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,276 sqft
    Year built: 1985
  15. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,294 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,503 sqft
    Year built: 1985
  16. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,294 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
  17. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,771 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  18. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,771 sq ft
    Year built: 1937
  19. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 4,540 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  20. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 4,540 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,504 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  21. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,975 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,122 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  22. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,975 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,122 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  23. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,684 sq ft
    Year built: 1935
  24. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,684 sq ft
    Year built: 1935
  25. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,551 sq ft
    Year built: 1940
  26. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,551 sq ft
    Year built: 1940
  27. 7 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  28. 7 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,290 sq ft
    Year built: 1940
  29. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,070 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,415 sqft
    Year built: 1935
  30. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,070 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,415 sqft
    Year built: 1935
  31. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,362 sq ft
    Year built: 1929
  32. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,362 sq ft
    Year built: 1929
  33. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  34. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,300 sq ft
    Year built: 1951
  35. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Lot size: 10,580 sqft
    Year built: 1939
  36. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Lot size: 10,580 sqft
    Year built: 1939
  37. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,617 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  38. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,617 sq ft
    Year built: 1928
  39. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,797 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Year built: 1947
  40. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,797 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,947 sqft
    Year built: 1947
  41. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,422 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1932
  42. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,422 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,972 sqft
    Year built: 1932
  43. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,809 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,860 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  44. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,809 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,860 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  45. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Year built: 1928
  46. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Year built: 1928
  47. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,895 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  48. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,895 sq ft
    Year built: 1936
  49. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,933 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  50. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,933 sq ft
    Year built: 2004

See all Holmby Hills Solds.
(all data current as of 6/20/2018)

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