Fabulous mansions, celebrity sightings, and upscale restaurants all come to mind when you think of Beverly Hills landmarks. Here at The Event Team we always look to bring you unique venues, activities, trends, and ideas. Check out these memorable spots on your own self-guided walking tour, or allow us to create one for your corporate group. Either way, you will seem like an L.A. native after visiting these 20 Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful Beverly Hills Landmarks:
1. The Witch’s House
This relocated thatched roof and odd angled wonder has now been fully restored. The home’s owner and resident Michael J. Libow says that “95 to 98% is new material made to look old.” His labor of love is here to stay – in 2013 the home was listed on Beverly Hill’s local register of historic properties. It is the most requested non-celebrity house to visit in Los Angeles.
2. The O’Neill House
Just off Rodeo’s shopping area, this curvy creation is inspired by art-nouveau architect Antoni Guadi.
3. Beverly Hills City Hall
Opened in 1932, this was called the “largest and most expensive City Hall of any municipality its size in the country.” The building appears in a mulitude of films and television shows, including Beverly Hills Cop.
4 & 5. Beverly Hills High School & its Swim-Nasium
The only major public high school in Beverly Hills, BHHS offers surf classes, a robotics team, and two award-winning news services. The school has served as film location to movies such as Real Women Have Curves and It’s a Wonderful Life. Most notably, Beverly Hills High School’s gym floor doubles as the school’s swimming pool!
6. Margaret Herrick Library
Established in 1928 and now located in Beverly Hills, the library is devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and an industry. In the “Reading Room,” white gloves keep visitors from smudging the movie stills.
7. Kabbalah Centre
The Centre was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922 and now spans the globe with brick and mortar locations in more than 40 cities as well as extensive online presence. Many celebs (most notably Madonna) have been associated with the Centre.
8. Doheny Apartments
In 1953, Marilyn Monroe lived here the year prior to her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. She returned to a different unit in the complex in 1961.
9. The Metal Zoo
Forget about the pink flamingos in the front yard. This Beverly Hills mansion at Doheny Drive and Clifton Way has a full menagerie complete with elephant, tigers, and a 15′ giraffe. No feeding necessary.
10. House of Bijan
Beverly Hills is home to the most expensive store in the world. House of Bijan is located, where else, on Rodeo Drive. If you have deep enough pockets and a reservation you too can shop at the $12 million store. Otherwise, admire the both Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and Bijan Bugatti designed by the store’s late namesake parked right outside.
You might see this “Barbie Doll of Beverly Hills” speeding around in her famous pink Corvette.
12. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM
Restocked with fresh cupcakes day and night, the world’s first cupcake ATM takes the cake when it comes to immediate gratification.Stop by Sprinkles Cupcakes after a day of shopping and touring the city.
13. Gordon and Lily
This pair, sculpted by Victor Salmones, tries to cross the street at the corner of Camden and little Santa Monica.
14. Googie Gas Station
Located at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent drive, Jack Colker’s 76 station features “Googie” architecture, based on car culture, space, and atomic themes.
15. Princess Leia’s Gate
The late Carrie Fisher’s front gate features playful signs like “No Swimsuits in Lobby,” “Public Telephone Within,” and “Ask Me About Medication Side Effects.”
16. Greystone Mansion
Stroll the grounds of one of Hollywood’s most filmed mansions. You may recognize it serving as Chilton Academy in Gilmore Girls and Rachel’s house in The Bodyguard.
17. Sheats-Goldstein Residence
This cave-like dwelling appears in films such as, Charlie’s Angels, Pulp Fiction, and The Big Lebowski; the perfect tour stop for cinematic aficionados and thespians.
18. Franklin Canyon Park
This 605-acre public park features a 3-acre lake, hiking trails and a duck pond. The serene locale appears in It Happened One Night, the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show, and the Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts.
19. Virginia Robinson Gardens
This exotic paradise (built in 1911) has a one of the first homes in Beverly Hills!
20. Hymn of Life Tulips
Just one of over 60 pieces of public art in Beverly Hills, this charming piece by Yayoi Kusama makes for a great photo opp!
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