Beverly Hills Homes are Luxurious, Beautiful — and Expensive

Beverly Hills is synonymous with luxury and that’s especially true when it comes to real estate. With a high concentration of celebrities and other high-net-worth individuals, it’s not surprising that the proportion of expensive homes being bought, sold and rented is higher than in many other areas of the country — double the median house price nationwide. 

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In fact, the exorbitant costs of California’s housing market are getting more scrutiny, as the governor tries to ease the state’s housing crisis. According to The New York Times, suburban homeowners have stood in the way of more housing being built in the state.

Now, two housing bills — which have seen intense opposition — are moving forward to ease the situation. One allows duplexes to be built in most neighborhoods across the state and the second reduces environmental rules on multifamily housing, making it easier to add high-density development. It remains to be seen how these new rules will transform the market for homes in California. For now, Beverly Hills.

Houses for sale in Beverly Hills

When it comes to Beverly Hills houses, you can see what’s on the market for sale or rental, whether you’re seriously looking or just browsing the gorgeous pictures. Check out these fabulous homes:

Secluded, Warm and Comfortable

Beverly Hills Secluded, Warm and Comfortable House for SaleView in gallery

Tucked away at the end of a narrow dead-end road flanked by tall trees, this large estate spans 5 acres in the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood. Purchased for $6.7 million by actress and writer Cazzie David (daughter of Seinfeld creator Larry David), the property has no immediate neighbors. Unlike what might be considered the typical house for sale in Beverly Hills, this one has a very rustic, earthy setting.

Actress and writer Cazzie David houseView in gallery

The cedar-sided home is rustic and exudes a lodge-like vibe that’s casual and friendly yet sophisticated. yet refined retreat. The three-bedroom, two-story structure features a great room, study, sunroom and a main-level master suite.

The estate includes a swimming pool and a pool house with its own bathroom and outdoor shower, as well as a guesthouse with a full kitchen and bedroom, plus an attached garage — currently tricked out as a gym. The outdoor features are what really distinguishes the low-maintenance property because there are organic vegetable gardens, patios, a gas fire pit and an outdoor fireplace. The whole plot is surrounded by hiking trails too.

Extra Breathing Room

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Instead of moving from his long-time home for more space, music icon Elton John snapped up one of the houses for sale in Beverly Hills that happened to be right next door. This gives him an extra half-acre of breathing room and creates a full one-acre property. The previous owners sold it in an off-market deal after having owned it for decades and facing foreclosure several times.

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Tall hedges enclose the small estate, giving it extra privacy. It has a 5,300-square-foot home that contains five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property also has a grassy lawn and a swimming pool.

Reports are that the estate needs a little TLC, but the $8.5 million price tag was fueled by its location, which happens to be in one of the most sought-after areas of Beverly Hills: the Trousdale Estates. The added land and structures will be a great addition to the home that John and husband David Furnish live in, which has been redecorated and upgraded.

Original Mid-century Beauty

Beverly Hills Modern flat roof house for saleView in gallery

A rare find in the market of houses for sale in Beverly Hills, this $23-million Mid-Century Modern gem was purchased by Hollywood filmmaker Joe Roth. Built in 1961 by architect Daniel Dworsky, the home had a single owner from the 1960s until 2017, when new buyers committed to restoring the property, staying true to its architectural roots. The renovation stripped the 5,500-square-foot home to its studs and updated the systems in the home, but still preserved the original floors and fireplace.

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The redesign also disregarded the current penchant for open-plan living spaces and maintained the more closed-off kitchen footprint. The designers also recreated the retro dark wood cabinetry but also managed to include all the modern kitchen conveniences.

Mid Century Modern in Beverly Hills patio fireplaceView in gallery

The design has a living area with a wet bar and a formal dining space and incorporates retractable walls that lead to the outdoors, which features a fire pit, pool and lounging area.  Located in the flats of Beverly Hills, between Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards, the home is more like a one-story piece of art.

Traditional elegance, casual comfort

Traditional elegance, casual comfort Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. house for saleView in gallery

Bright, spacious and comfortable, this traditional stone house sits in one of the most coveted residential neighborhoods in Beverly Hills, Hidden Valley. This is one of the houses for sale in Beverly Hills that has drawn a lot of attention because it is owned by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

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Inside the beautiful  7,300-square-foot house, five spacious rooms, an indoor gym, office space and a massive, open kitchen create the perfect family home. Oak flooring and details add charm and the stone-lined pool in the expansive, shady backyard is a real draw.

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The top level has four of the bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet. The master suite boasts bay windows and dual walk-in closets. The master features a freestanding tub with a beautiful view to the backyard. The lower level has a temperature-controlled wine room, sauna, gym and guest bedroom with a bathroom.  Priced at $12.25 million, it sounds like a bargain considering LA home prices.

Two Homes to be One Compound

Two Homes to be One CompoundView in gallery

The late, great actor Carl Reiner owned two adjacent Beverly Hills homes for sale that recently sold for $16.8 million. While the two homes in the Beverly Hills Flats are beautiful, they will likely be redeveloped into a luxury compound on Rodeo Drive — a rare opportunity in today’s housing market. Together, the two properties total two-thirds of an acre and already have connected backyards. One home is a five-bedroom, 3,300- square-foot Spanish-style structure, while the second is a larger 5,500-square-foot traditional home.

Legendary and Luxurious

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Few Beverly Hills homes are as famous or recognizable as the Beverly Hills Hearst Estate, not only for its storied history but also for its appearances in movies and music videos. The iconic 1926 home sold for $63.1 million to a real estate investor.

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Designed by architect Gordon Kaufmann — who also designed the Hoover Dam, Greystone Mansion and the Hollywood Palladium — the 29,000-square-foot  Mediterranean mansion is all about Old Hollywood glitz and glamour. 

Famous Beverly Hills Estate Sold For 63 Million poolView in gallery

Famous Beverly Hills Estate Sold For 63 Million living areaView in gallery

Boasting nine bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the house has massive public spaces that can accommodate 1,000 people under the 22-foot-high hand-painted ceilings. Besides two screening rooms, the home has an Art Deco nightclub that features a bar salvaged from Hugh Hefner’s old nightclub called Touch. The compound encompasses 3.5 acres and has two additional guest apartments, a pool house, tennis pavilion and a five-bedroom gatehouse. Waterfalls and an Olympic-size pool are among the highlights among the beautifully manicured lawns.

KISS of Fame

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KISS star Gene Simmons sold his Beverly Hills home for $16 million this year, opting for a quieter life in Lake Tahoe. The Benedict Canyon mansion is a 13,400-square-foot haven of luxury, where Simmons lived with his family and filmed his A&E reality series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” 

Residence quieter life in Lake TahoeView in gallery

The gated residence sits at the end of a winding driveway on the two-acre plot. Sweeping staircases ascend to a dramatic entry into the palatial house. The home’s seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms are accompanied by massive spaces like the two-story foyer and great room  — with a catwalk above. The expansive property also has a tennis court, swimming pool and a lawn with patios and lush landscaping.

A Redesigned Family Sanctuary

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Living roomView in gallery

Freshly redesigned with serene and comfortable interiors, the Beverly Hills house of Hollywood power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend was a bargain when it sold for $16.8 million. With ocean views and plenty of privacy, it’s an LA housing dream.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Living room KitchenView in gallery

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Living room patio poolView in gallery

Previously owned by Rihanna, the interiors were redone by Don Stewart of Desiderata Design, who soften the glossy style, adding incredible finishes to the 8,500-square-foot home. The most dramatic feature is the imported, hand-carved Thai teak ceiling in the great room.

In addition to seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the house has a cinema,  gym and playroom with ocean views. The main suite is a  large sanctuary with a private balcony, dual walk-in closets and an Italian marble soaking tub in the bathroom. the outdoor living space includes a heated saltwater pool and hot tub, and a very large outdoor kitchen area.

Expansive Mountain Views

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With a well-known street name and expansive mountain views, this Beverly Hills Home for rent is secreted away on a private road. The ultra-modern 4,100-square-foot manse comes fully furnished and features 270-degree views through its massive windows. Filled with state-of-the-art technology and centralized smart home integration, the entire home has surround sounds and just about every space has a flat-screen television. Four massive bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and two kitchens round out the interior.

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In Los Angeles where the weather is fine, the grassy yard and 10-foot deep pool are the perfect spots for relaxing. There’s also a hot tub large enough for 15 people and an outdoor kitchen with BBQ grills, wet bar, heaters, retractable TV and modern firepit. Oh yes — the backyard is actually three levels! All this can be yours temporarily for $24,500 a month.

Idyllic Beauty and Tranquility

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Named for the fictional location in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon, Shangri-LA is a  Mediterranean-style villa in the heart of the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood. Listed among the Beverly Hills homes for rent, Shangri-LA is $75,000 monthly. The magnificent house encompasses a massive 14,000 square feet and sits at the end of a private cul-de-sac. It has six bedrooms with private balconies, eight bathrooms, three gas fireplaces, maids quarters and an elevator, along with a two-tier deck and patio feature an infinity-edged pool and jacuzzi.

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Idyllic Beauty and Tranquility living roomView in gallery

A dream for entertaining, the home has massive double 14-foot custom wrought iron and glass entry doors leading to a two-story foyer and winding wood staircase trimmed with an elaborate iron railing. The main living area has a large central wet bar and there’s a newly renovated gourmet kitchen. The bottom level has a bar, fully functioning kitchen, home fitness center, 2.5 baths, and a laundry room.

Design Forward Concepts

Besides the most expensive homes, California also has some of the most innovatively designed homes. Massive or modest, these custom homes feature architectural details and interior features that you won’t find in just any home. Have a look at these examples:

Long and Lean Oasis

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Designed as a long, attenuated construction that is open and gracious despite its restricted size, this Beverly Hills home in Coldwater Canyon is a thoroughly modern and astonishing home. Faced with a challenging narrow hillside property, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects devised a 3,000-square-foot house that is a private oasis and makes the most of a difficult, deep and narrow one-acre plot. The main house has two levels and houses most everything except the project studio/guest house that sits at the other end of the lot.

Long and Lean Oasis livingView in gallery

Long and Lean Oasis poolView in gallery

The entry foyer leads to the primary living spaces, which have floor-to-ceiling glass and sliding doors that open to the pool, courtyard and terrain. The upper level holds the master suite a guest room for grandchildren. The architectural staircase at the center of the house and the two-story library complete the home.

Fresh Take on Spanish-Style Materials

Fresh Take on Spanish-Style MaterialsView in gallery

Set in a neighborhood characterized by Spanish-styled houses from the 1940s, this Beverly Hills home features modern twists on the materials traditionally used. While keeping the overall proportions in line with the neighborhood, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects devised a design that is light and simple. Stucco, wood, and concrete feature prominently on the exterior of the 3,000 square-foot home, while the inside is modern and contains many elements that are a nod to the powerful simplicity of Japanese architecture.

Fresh Take on Spanish Style Materials poolView in gallery

Fresh Take on Spanish Style Materials staircaseView in gallery

Huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors dominate the main living space and can be opened completely to merge the room with the outdoor living space and pool area. The warmth of walnut wood in the sculptural staircase and integrated casework is a nice counterpoint to the more rigid vibe of the board-formed concrete wall. The upstairs master suite, features his and her bathrooms and closets and opens to a balcony overlooking the backyard and distant skyline. The home also has a workout room, home office with treetop views, and two bedroom suites,

Turning Tradition Upside Down

Turning Tradition Upside DownView in gallery

Turning Tradition Upside DownView in gallery

This Beverly Hills Home is set on top of a ridge and surrounded by panoramic views of the canyon. The design itself is a minimalist’s dream, but it also features a construction that literally takes a traditional residential home layout and turns it upside down. The architects at Walker Workshop highlight the main living spaces in the glass and concrete structure above ground. Structural concrete allowed the design to have long, column-free spans for a very wide-open feeling.

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By contrast, the bedroom and private areas of the home are buried underground in the bottom level. A lower-level courtyard allows air and light to flow into the hall of the bedroom level and a green roof protects the space. The most innovative element may be the 75-foot lap pool that bisects the house and is shadowed by one of the massive protected oak trees on the property.

From Barn to Beautiful Home

From Barn to Beautiful HomeView in gallery

Packing a lot of style into a small footprint, this Beverly Hills home was once a barn that fell into disuse.  Walker Workshop revamped the structure into a design that takes full advantage of the panoramic views across the canyon and forges a strong connection with the 120 coast oak trees that are on the property.

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The renovated barn has two bedrooms at opposite corners of the second level that float above the main living areas. Most notably, the living room is large enough to double as a concert venue for as many as 80 people. The exterior of the upper floor is clad in fire-resistant wood while the bottom level is mainly concrete and steel.

Focused on the View

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Called The Mirrorhouse, this home is in the hills of Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills and is all about the incredible views that go from Downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean. XTEN Architecture created a design in five volumes that are offset, surrounding the private areas of the home. The negative space in between contains the main living spaces and traffic ways, coming together in an indoor-outdoor living area that opens views in every direction

Focused on the View living roomView in gallery

Focused on the View spectacular viewsView in gallery

Outside the walls, an entry garden and fountain are situated to the east, while a courtyard and reflecting pool are set on the west side. To the north, there is an outdoor garden while the southside infinity-edge pool has views of the city. Floor-to-ceiling glass and sliding glass doors allow the interior to meld with the outdoors.

Melding Design and Nature

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In the land of sunshine and warm weather, this Beverly Hills home is entirely focused on outdoor living. All the spaces are designed to blur the boundaries with the outside world. Created by Struere architects, the design pulls together some of the best aspects of modern LA homes into a house that’s fully engaged with its gardens and natural surroundings.

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Composed of two horizontal volumes set perpendicular to one another, the void between them serves as garden, anchored by a tree in the center. In fact, the three looks like it is growing out of the middle of the house. Lots of glass, mid-century modern designs and all the creature comforts make the interior a vibrant space. Outside, the native plantings are low maintenance and together with the structure, the property reflects the sensibilities of Los Angeles.

Connecting the Inside and Outside

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When Mother Nature provides a climate and terrain like that of Los Angeles, it’s no wonder that houses like this Beverly Hills home seek to make the grounds part of the overall living space. The design of this home by Assembledge+ uses the concept of three pavilions connected glass hallways to create a residential oasis on a single level. The outdoor areas of the property are tied to the interiors thanks to the arrangement of deeply layered sightlines and circulation through the home.

Connecting the Inside and Outside fire pitView in gallery

Connecting the Inside and Outside living roomView in gallery

Throughout the residence, plenty of natural light comes in through the large windows and skylights while the minimalist interiors keep the feeling light. Outside, wild grasses and olive trees are paired with. California native species and a 40-foot pool and is accompanied by plentiful space that creates a series of outdoor rooms for entertaining.