Beverly Hills is a district with around 35,000 inhabitants located at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains in the city of Los Angeles in the United States. This area that attracts thousands of tourists each year to fulfill a dream to see with their own eyes the streets where so many TV, cinema, and musical celebrities live and pass through daily.
There are many tours offering trips through Beverly Hills aboard open-roofed buses to show off more than 60 celebrity mansions. Some ask that visitors go elegantly dresses and others remind you not to forget your camera since ‘celebrities are frequently seen on the tour.” To “make this dream a reality” the tour companies charge between $40 and $70 dollars per person. One of the most popular is TMZ Hollywood Celebrity Tours, whose tour is about 2 hours long, presented by the same team from TMZ of the website and TV show specializing in celebrity gossip. The tour is complete with videos specially prepared for the occasion.
Even though it’s hard to spot the police (county or private) in the streets of Beverly Hills, there are many security cameras and signs with messages such as “No trespassing, armed guards,” which make clear the fact that the famed prefer that the tours through ‘their neighborhood’ don’t go beyond the fences.
Those who would like to save a few dollars and do the celebrity tour on their own can rent a car and start the adventure! There are many stopping points along the way such as Sunset Boulevard, where maps to the most famous mansions are sold. For those who don’t want to spend money on maps, here are some of the addresses of the brightest stars who live or have lived in Beverly Hills.
Starting on Bedford Drive at 441 is the mansion where Nancy Sinatra lived, at 616 Carmen Miranda, at 718 Stan Laurel, 721 Steve Martin, and at 904 where Frank Sinatra was known to live.
Continuing along Benedict Canyon Drive at 1207 is the home of Ingrid Bergman, 2707 Humphrey Bogart, 2717 Eddie Murphy, 1020 Mickey Rourke, 2650 Gene Simmons (from Kiss) and in 2850 the house the The Beatles used during their 1965 USA Tour.
Along Carolwood Drive at 100 is the home that belonged to Michael Jackson, 135 Mick Jagger, 141 Marilyn Monroe, 265 George Harrison, 301 Barbara Streisand, 355 Walt Disney, and at 907 the former home of Paul Newman.
On Mulholland Drive you’ll find at 6342 the home of Madonna, 12721 John Lennon, 12850 Jack Nicolson, 12900 Marlon Brando, 13511 the former home of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and a 12671 Warren Beatty.
And on Alpine Drive at 516 the home of Walter Matthau and 811 of Gene Hackman.
Those looking for even more glamor and shine can get back in the rental car and go to the Golden Triangle on Rodeo Drive and visit one of the most luxurious comercial areas on the planet. Here you’ll find the most prestigious brands on the planet and in fashion like Gucci, Prada, and Bijan. This is also the home of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, made famous by the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts. Just like in other parts of Beverly Hills, you should have your camera in hand since celebrities both live and shop here and eat in restaurants along Canyon Drive.
Before making the trip through the homes of the famous, it’s recomendable to set up the GPS of your rental car with the addresses you wish to visit so that you won’t miss any celebrity sightings while worrying about where you need to drive.
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