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If you look on the map for Crime you see 1 assault. Yet, if you scroll down and read the written words you'll see "Violent Crimes" listed as being "0". Maybe the "assault" here in Bel Air was a son-in-law having to listen to his mother-in-law complain endlessly.

— BDD
August 2, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.

I've lived in Bel-Air my entire life and I have always loved it. Whether it be the clean mountain air or the quiet, trafficless streets, it is a fantastic place to grow up and live in. It is extremely safe and crime is never an issue. Too bad there is no public transportation and not many beautiful women whom aren't married to billionaires.

— JP
July 13, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.

Growing up on the Westside (Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills) in the late 1940s and 1950s, Bel-Air was where a bunch of us were bussed after class one day from Brentwood Town & Country School (on San Vicente near 26th, now gone though the house remains). The new school - 3rd through 9th grades - was called the Bel-Air Town & Country School but is today better known as the John Thomas Dye School (Old Uncle John was still alive then). I was in the very first third grade at that school. I loved Bel-Air as a kid because it was hilly and had windy streets (that wound, not were blowy) and it was fun to be driven on them.

Another thing I remember about Bel-Air in the '40s was meeting my grandfather, the comedian Ed Wynn, at the Bel-Air Hotel (called simply "the Bel-Air" by us locals) for lunch, probably in 1946. My grandfather was still big enough to have a sort of entourage, and someone there found, in the camellias, a tiny hummingbird nest with two babies in it and an anxious mother zooming back and forth nearby. I was immediately entranced once I understood that the little needlelike bills motionless in the air were attached to baby birds; I could hardly be dragged away. From then on, every time I went to the Bel-Air I looked carefully in the garden for another hummingbird nest but never found one. Still, now an old man, when I hazard lunch at the Bel-Air - so rarely I can't remember the last time - I still look. I've never had a better look at a bird nest since. ekw

— ekw
May 11, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

Average income is $207,000?

-_- ...geez you guys got it good...

— E.M.
January 14, 2011 at 12:51 a.m.

Chris, are you a realtor, man? Most of Bel Air is 10 or 15 minutes from Sunset Boulevard. From Bel Air to downtown is a good hour now with luck.

There are no modest homes in Bel Air except for where modest Saudi princes and B-movie producers live.

Honestly, I don't think many Bel Air people want a community feeling. Do they?

Anyone remember when resident Fletcher Jones, Sr won the Bel Air Club championship year after year, circa 1960? Everybody remember the fire?

— Paul S.
April 10, 2010 at 8:49 a.m.

Holmby Hills is its own neighborhood with its own homeowners association (Holmby Hills Homeowners Association). It is not part of the Bel-Air Association. Holmby Hills should not be classified as part of Bel-Air. Bel-Air is on the west side of Beverly Glen Blvd., north of Sunset. Holmby Hills is on the east side of Beverly Glen Blvd.

— Marcia Selz
August 18, 2009 at 2:23 p.m.

Bel~Air is an oasis of verdant tranquility mere minutes from anything and everything in Los Angeles. Walking the quiet hillsides among historic estates and beautiful landscaping is my hidden treasure. The community is widespread and homes range from the small and modest to the largest and most grand in the nation. Almost everyone takes pride in their neighborhood and it shows. Although Bel~Air has a wonderful community association, the neighborhood suffers from the double edged sword of having many beautiful estates - but that means it often lacks a "neighborhood" feel. Although there are some streets in upper Bel~Air where you know your neighbors, that is generally not the case in stately lower Bel~Air replete with estate walls and gates.

— Chris Hamilton
June 3, 2009 at 7:11 a.m.

Bel-Air

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Westside region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Beverly Crest, Brentwood, Encino, Sherman Oaks and Westwood.
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