California’s Most Famous Luxe Neighborhoods
There’s more luxury to be found in California than just the areas around Hollywood, which is well known for attracting the rich and famous. From the most southern points in San Diego to the forested hills of Northern California, luxurious neighborhoods abound. Take a look at some of the most famous areas in the state.
The North County area of San Diego is known to be the area’s most prestigious, with homes averaging over $1 million. La Jolla is probably the best known and most expensive neighborhood in San Diego. With beautiful pristine beaches and low crime rates, La Jolla is a top-notch area located next to the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and Resort, and is pretty swanky in its own right. Many well-known sports figures and celebrities have had roots in La Jolla, including baseball player Bob Skinner and actress Robin Wright.
Thanks to the film industry, Los Angeles is filled with luxurious neighborhoods. Near the beach, Malibu is still considered a prime spot with ocean views and moderate temperatures year-round. Further inland, Beverly Hills has long been a haven for the rich and famous who enjoy shopping at the world-famous shops on Rodeo Drive and dining at the bistros. Beverly Hills is close to the nightlife of Hollywood as well as the film studios where actors and industry giants collect big paychecks. Other prestigious neighborhoods in Los Angeles that have less screen time but plenty of beautiful beaches, including Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, San Marino and Venice. Luxury without sand can be found in Bel Air, Brentwood and Hancock Park.
Just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles and you’ll arrive in Central California, where many stars own real estate perfect for weekend getaways. Spacious private ranches can be found in Ojai, which also boasts the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa for when roaming acres of private property gets to be too much. Santa Barbara itself has plenty of luxurious seaside real estate and world renowned hotels along its Gold Coast, but small elite enclaves like Montecito are the real luxury, where many homes are upward of $2 million. Further inland are rolling hills and vineyards where stars get married off-camera. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is also located in this part of Central California.
Palo Alto is not only the richest area in California, it has also been named the second richest small city in all of America. Technology geeks are living large in this part of the Silicon Valley that boasts world-class restaurants like Baume, expensive apparel and jewelry shops, and car dealerships like Tesla. Nearby neighborhoods like Menlo Park and Foster City are also pretty luxurious, thanks to plenty of yacht clubs and private airports.
The City By the Bay may not yet have the same number of startups that have made its inland neighbors famous, but it still has plenty of cache within its Golden Gates. Russian Hill, Nob Hill, SOMA and Mission Bay are all considered highly desirable exclusive addresses, but San Francisco also boasts Billionaire’s Row. Billionaire’s Row is in the Pacific Heights region of the city and features not only stunning bay views, but also a history of being the best place to live in the city. It’s also the most expensive zip code in the United States, and is currently a mixture of old-money families and new tech entrepreneurs.
From bottom to top and top to bottom, California’s beautiful beaches, stunning mountains and notorious valleys are filled with some of the most sought after neighborhoods in the world.