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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Holmby Hills Mapped Listings For Sale

11 Results
Open House: Oct 2, 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
355 South MAPLETON Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Beds: 6
Baths: 5
Sq. Ft.: 6,055
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 10
Baths: 20
Sq. Ft.: 30,000
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 17
Baths: 22
Sq. Ft.: 30,000
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 8
Baths: 8 | 6
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 8
Baths: 9 | 4
Sq. Ft.: 20,782
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 9,221
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 5
Baths: 6
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 5
Baths: 6 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 6,690
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 6
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 6,797
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 7
Baths: 6 | 2
Sq. Ft.: N/A
Type: Single Family Home
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 5,314
Type: Single Family Home
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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. 6 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,092 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,098 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 3 full, 3 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,314 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,021 sqft
    Year built: 1931
  3. 6 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,943 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,800 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  4. 6 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 6,579 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,655 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  5. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,073 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,712 sqft
    Year built: 1932
    Parking spots: 3
  6. 3 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,294 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,830 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
  7. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,771 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,073 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  8. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,648 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,665 sqft
    Year built: 1929
  9. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,070 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,374 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,085 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,698 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,895 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,445 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Parking spots: 2
  12. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,406 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,456 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  13. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,518 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,488 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Parking spots: 2
  14. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,612 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,009 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  15. 4 beds, 4 full, 2 quarter baths
    Home size: 3,479 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,124 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  16. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,515 sqft
    Year built: 1933
  17. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,438 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,649 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Parking spots: 2
  18. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,504 sqft
    Year built: 1941
  19. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,067 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,659 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  20. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,444 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,115 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Parking spots: 2
  21. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,309 sqft
    Year built: 1938
    Parking spots: 2
  22. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,613 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,147 sqft
    Year built: 1931
  23. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,756 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,035 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Parking spots: 2

See all Holmby Hills Solds.
(all data current as of 10/1/2016)

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