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

Holmby Hills Real Estate

  1. 15 beds, 20 full, 16 half baths
    Home size: 57,957 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.99 ac
    Days on market: 132
  2. 8 beds, 8 full, 6 half baths
    Lot size: 1.91 ac
    Days on market: 97
  3. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 3.14 ac
    Days on market: 83
  4. 8 beds, 10 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 14,219 sq ft
    Lot size: 35,887 sqft
    Days on market: 116
  5. 8 beds, 9 full, 4 half baths
    Home size: 20,782 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.21 ac
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 138
  6. 7 beds, 13 full baths
    Home size: 13,932 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.35 ac
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 148
  7. 9 beds, 16 full baths
    Home size: 20,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.49 ac
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 26
  8. 8 beds, 15 full baths
    Home size: 17,516 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,657 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 162
  9. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Lot size: 2.18 ac
    Year built: 1937
    Days on market: 33
  10. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.63 ac
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 21
  11. 6 beds, 7 full baths
    Lot size: 31,629 sqft
    Year built: 1931
    Days on market: 154
  12. 7 beds, 7 full, 3 half baths
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 85
  13. 8 beds, 12 full baths
    Home size: 17,415 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.77 ac
    Year built: 2015
    Days on market: 19
  14. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,266 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.94 ac
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 60
  15. 5 beds, 8 full baths
    Home size: 11,027 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,207 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 232
  16. 8 beds, 9 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 11,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,247 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Days on market: 150
  17. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 1.45 ac
    Days on market: 29
  18. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 1.33 ac
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 147
  19. 7 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 35,493 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 235
  20. 8 beds, 10 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 13,505 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,093 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 85
  21. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 6,414 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.10 ac
    Year built: 1938
    Days on market: 109
  22. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,822 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,210 sqft
    Year built: 1968
    Days on market: 7
  23. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,352 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 71
  24. 7 beds, 11 full baths
    Home size: 13,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,752 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 8
    Days on market: 163
  25. 6 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,011 sq ft
    Lot size: 37,026 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Days on market: 152
  26. 5 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 7,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.93 ac
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 108
  27. 6 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 6,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,098 sqft
    Days on market: 19
  28. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,466 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 34
  29. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,755 sqft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 29
  30. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 10,631 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,983 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 433
  31. 7 beds, 7 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 12,234 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,991 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 27
  32. 8 beds, 8 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,371 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,306 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Days on market: 110
  33. 4 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,554 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.60 ac
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 15
  34. 7 beds, 5 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,027 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Days on market: 117
  35. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,535 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,053 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Days on market: 92
  36. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,048 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.78 ac
    Year built: 1958
    Days on market: 14
  37. 6 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 9,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,063 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 68
  38. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,389 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,053 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Days on market: 172
  39. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,499 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.94 ac
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 20
  40. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 26,213 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 82
  41. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 5,080 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.32 ac
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 517
  42. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,921 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,442 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 102
  43. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,465 sq ft
    Lot size: 37,847 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 390
  44. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,232 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,903 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 7
  45. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,488 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,147 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 22
  46. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.06 ac
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 239
  47. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,012 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,522 sqft
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 89
  48. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.14 ac
    Year built: 1958
    Days on market: 19
  49. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,861 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,500 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 33
  50. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 5,080 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.32 ac
    Year built: 1959
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 207

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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. 7 beds, 9 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,210 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,843 sqft
    Year built: 1937
  2. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,083 sqft
    Year built: 2015
  3. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,073 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,712 sqft
    Year built: 1932
    Parking spots: 6
  4. 5 beds, 1 full, 4 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,947 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,248 sqft
    Year built: 1938
  5. 5 beds, 2 full, 3 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,266 sqft
    Year built: 1930
  6. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 4,682 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,427 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 4
  7. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,070 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,374 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  8. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,552 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,770 sqft
    Year built: 1926
  9. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,085 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,698 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  10. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,007 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,562 sqft
    Year built: 1936
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,824 sqft
    Year built: 1930
  12. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,999 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,937 sqft
    Year built: 1940
  13. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,612 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,009 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  14. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,541 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,627 sqft
    Year built: 1935
    Parking spots: 4
  15. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,515 sqft
    Year built: 1933
  16. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,438 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,649 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Parking spots: 4
  17. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,954 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,100 sqft
    Year built: 1930
  18. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,227 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,593 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Parking spots: 4
  19. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,965 sqft
    Year built: 1931
  20. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,848 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,746 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Parking spots: 2
  21. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,444 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,115 sqft
    Year built: 1940
    Parking spots: 4
  22. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,464 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,830 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Parking spots: 4
  23. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,613 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,147 sqft
    Year built: 1931
  24. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,893 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,295 sqft
    Year built: 1939
  25. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,756 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,035 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Parking spots: 4
  26. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,945 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,839 sqft
    Year built: 1980

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