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Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills Real Estate – Los Angeles California 90024 & 90077
About the City of 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


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Listing # 21757032
10250 W Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90077
$85,000,000
Beds: 17
Baths: 12 | 13
Sq. Ft.: 30,000
Type: #21757032
Listing Courtesy of This listing is courtesy of Mick Partridge Hilton & Hyland (CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data)
Listing # 21705644
133 S Mapleton Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024
$65,000,000
Beds: 9
Baths: 10 | 4
Sq. Ft.: 30,000
Type: #21705644
Listing Courtesy of This listing is courtesy of Tomer Fridman Compass (CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data)
Listing # 21751900
271 S Mapleton Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024
$64,950,000
Beds: 8
Baths: 12
Sq. Ft.: 31,450
Type: #21751900
Listing Courtesy of This listing is courtesy of Kurt Rappaport Westside Estate Agency Inc. (CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data)

Based on information from CRMLS and/or CLAW and/or CRISNet MLS as of October 24, 2021 2:10 AM PT. All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information. IDX powered by iHomefinder, Inc.

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Homes Sold in Holmby Hills

Listing # 20553246
545 S MAPLETON Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024
SOLD: $42,850,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 8 | 5
Sq. Ft.: 19,319
Type: #20553246
Listing Courtesy of Seller's agent: Linda May - Hilton & Hyland - CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data Buyer's agent: Kurt Rappaport - Westside Estate Agency Inc.
Listing # 20568210
145 N MAPLETON Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077
SOLD: $36,500,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 9 | 5
Sq. Ft.: 15,350
Type: #20568210
Listing Courtesy of Seller's agent: Ginger Glass - Compass - CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data Buyer's agent: Subscriber Non - Non-Participant Office
Listing # 21719006
120 S MAPLETON Drive Los Angeles, CA 90024
SOLD: $27,000,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 8
Sq. Ft.: 9,404
Type: #21719006
Listing Courtesy of Seller's agent: Kurt Rappaport - Westside Estate Agency Inc. - CA BRE # shown above if in IDX data Seller's co-agent: Jade Mills - Coldwell Banker Realty Buyer's agent: Lea Porter - Lea Porter

Based on information from CRMLS and/or CLAW and/or CRISNet MLS as of October 24, 2021 2:10 AM PT. All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information. IDX powered by iHomefinder, Inc.

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