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FACTS 
Beverly Hills has a warm and moderate Mediterranean climate, with an average high of 85 degrees degrees Celsius) in and 64 degrees in January. Although some of the largest homes in LA County lie within Beverly HIlls, these homes make up just 10% of the city. The remaining homes include small duplex rental units and detached homes with less than 3,000 square feet. There are areas within Los Angeles County that are more uniformly wealthy and have a higher household median income than in Beverly Hills. The average household income in BH, just over $71,000, is only $18,000 higher than the county average.
HISTORY /
In early years the area that would one day become Beverly Hills was fertile from streams that met there in the rainy months. Water cascaded down from the canyons that became known as Coldwater and Benedict, creating a cienega (or swamp) at the location of present day Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Drive. The foothill site had flocks of geese and ducks, bands of wild horses and herds of antelope.  Native American inhabitants, the Tongva (who the Spanish named the Gabrielino) tribe, considered it a holy site and named it "The Gathering of the Waters," which in the Spanish language is "El Rodeo de las Aguas." Gaspar de Portolà's land expedition arrived in the area in 1769. The group, composed of Portolà, some Franciscan priests and a cavalcade of leather-jacket soldiers and horses, traveled over the Indian trail, which would one day be Wilshire Boulevard, across the plain toward the foothills gouged with deep canyons, and made camp in the cool of the sycamore trees at the present site of La Cienega Park, near the large swamp. In 1821, New Spain became Mexico and the province of California quietly changed flags. 

STAY / The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
STAY / SLS Hotel
EAT / Il Cielo
SHOP / Rodeo Drive

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