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Beverly Grove, Los Angeles: Convenient and Upscale Living That’s Also a Shopper’s Paradise

Beverly Grove is a mid-Los Angeles neighborhood with houses, condos and a growing number of mansions. While it used to be an older, quieter neighborhood, the lovely Beverly Grove has undergone rapid change in the last decade and continues to add new condos and apartments at a dizzying pace.

Whether you’re a Target or Tiffany’s regular, here you’ll find both and more, not to mention the high number of entertainment spots such as restaurants, bars or clubs.

Where is Beverly Grove?

Beverly Grove is on the west side of an area generally referred to as Mid-City. It’s tucked in between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, with Fairfax on its eastern border. The Beverly Center shopping center is in the north and Farmer’s Market and The Grove – a newer, popular outdoor mall – is just outside its jurisdiction.

History

The neighborhood sprouted up in the 1920s, the latter part of its name mostly referring to the orchards that used to thrive here when the city was still young. The original Los Angeles Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax opened in 1934 and sold local produce from area farmers (now it’s a popular brunch spot).

Sadly, the orchards are all gone and the quaint homes with big lawns are also dwindling. There’s not much public park space or greenery, aside from the tree-lined streets.

Then again, the 28-acre Pan Pacific Park is a mere 30 minutes’ walk away (or a 6-min drive), in nearby Fairfax. So is the much-hyped The Grove with its endless array of indoor and outdoor entertainment opportunities – plus it’s always a popular place for a stroll. Fun fact: The Grove has 18 million visitors a year, more than Disneyland.

Lifestyle

On the upside, because of its location, there is a lot of shopping and dining to do, much of which is actually within walking distance.

What to Do

The Beverly Center was once at the forefront of design and entertainment, being the first mall to host a 14-screen movie theater. Today, though a bit architecturally dated, it is home to major retailers and top brands including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace Collection and more.

Another great shopping spot is The Grove that also offers some pretty good dining options. It’s popular for its diversity when it comes to food, so if you’re feeling in the mood for Italian, French or Asian cuisine, you’re sure to find it all here.

 

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Trader Joe’s fans will love shopping for groceries at the 8500 Burton Way Trader Joe’s. Large isles, good service, a wide selection of fresh and organic produce and then, there’s the free parking. It’s got to count for something, right?

Where to Eat and Drink

For fine cuisine enthusiasts, Suzanne Tracht’s Jar is one of the neighborhood’s finest chop houses, and maybe one of the city’s best 5-star restaurants. As a modern American chophouse, this place is perfect for anyone looking to be dazzled by retro dishes and a fine selection of wines.

 

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Ready to explore French cuisine a bit? Head on over to Monsieur Marcel’s Gourmet Market for an excellent house-made dessert or a plate of exquisite cheese. As the name suggests, it’s also a market, so you can do a little shopping as well.

 

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When you’re in need of some refreshments, The Fountain Bar would be the right choice. They serve wine and very creative cocktails as well as providing a relaxing atmosphere – you’re sure to love it here!

Moving to Beverly Grove

Real Estate Snapshot

The general vibe of the area is pleasant and tranquil, with charming, Spanish-style cottages dotting tree-lined streets (Colgate, Lindenhurst anyone?) and contemporary abodes catering to more modern tastes. In recent years, however, the neighborhood has seen quite a bit of turmoil due to the so-called McMansionization of the area where smaller homes are being razed and replaced with huge houses. Some of the area’s longtime residents feel squeezed out by this “building big” trend and complain about the new additions’ complete lack of character.

As for multi-family housing, there is a spate of development slated for Beverly Grove apartments and condos including a new multimillion dollar 19-story tower near the Beverly Center.

Transportation

Beverly Grove is a great place for commuters since they’re able to reach Downtown, Santa Monica or Century City in less than an hour by car, transit or bike. Given the high traffic that’s usually in the area, it would be a good idea to replace the car with a bike or simply use the public transportation available.

Schools & Employment

There are many public and private schools in the area, which generally have a good reputation. Due to the large Jewish population here and in nearby Fairfax District, the majority of private schools are Jewish. For example, Shalhevet High School, which bills itself as the only Modern Orthodox co-educational high school in California.

Home to several malls, the majority of the available jobs here are in retail or the food industry. However, it’s a quick commute away from other popular neighborhoods with plenty of job opportunities.

This popular LA neighborhood offers a charming variety of apartments, condos, or homes for those willing to pay the cover charge. Keep in mind: when living in Beverly Grove apartments, the best of Los Angeles is at your front door.

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About the author

Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

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