Trousdale Estates, in Beverly Hills, was first known as the Doheny Ranch and was owned by Mrs. Lucy Smith Doheny Battson. Paul Trousdale purchased the land in 1954. The Beverly Hills City Council added the neighborhood as an official part of the city per request of Trousdale.
To begin development, Trousdale built 532 lots which were all under the direction of the Architectural Committee that had to approve most aspects including how high the roofs would be built. Architects Wallace Neff, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Paul R. Williams were among several designers of these early houses. The acting supervisor was architect Alan Siple.
Problems arose in 1981 when some of the remodeled homes blocked the views of the neighbors. So the Trousdale Ordinance was implemented by the Trousdale Estate Homeowners Association and the city of Beverly Hills to protect the community. It’s also protected with top of the line security; there are patrol cars with armed guards 24/7.
Trousdale Estates has been the home of many celebrities like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Groucho Marx, and Frank Sinatra. It’s said that President Richard Nixon purchased a home for only $90,000 because developers felt having him there would add prestige. In modern times celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jane Fonda, and David Spade have lived here. Vera Wang bought a home that recently belonged to Burt Reynolds. Beverly Hills’ highest priced home and land was here when a Swedish video game programmer paid $70 million for an 8-bedroom, 15-bath mansion in 2014.
Trousdale Estates is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the state with million dollar homes and billion dollar views. This property offers unobstructed views to downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean. Trophy homes feature soaring ceilings of unbelievable heights and stunning outdoor dining areas. Residents enjoy complete serenity although they are just minutes to Beverly Hills and its fine dining.
Students in this neighborhood attend Hawthorne Elementary, Beverly Hills High School, and Wonderland Avenue Elementary, all highly ranked.
255 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3644
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