Trousdale Estates sits north of Sunset Boulevard and the Beverly Hills Flats, just west of the Bird Streets in West Hollywood. Conceptualized In 1955, Paul Trousdale bought the land, originally part of the Doheny ranch orange groves, that was to become Trousdale Estates. He convinced the City of Beverly Hills to annex this property into Beverly Hills and his construction company started to grade the lots and build on them.
Trousdale Estates was created with 532 original lots and an Architectural Committee established criteria for building homes in the area. The findings of the Architectural Committee were strictly enforced, for instance; a roof that was two inches too high had to be completely removed. These architectural standards provided for maintaining views and privacy consistently throughout the development. The homes were primarily built in the 1960s, with the modern movement of noted architects Richard Neutra, Wallace Neff, A. Quincy Jones, Richard Dorman and more!
In 1981, homes began to be remodeled in ways that started to destroy the character of the neighborhood, including homes that blocked views and unsightly hanging decks. Residents also had some concerns about other issues such as preventing any increase of crime in the area. At that time, the Trousdale Estates Homeowners Association was formed to respond to these issues.
In 1987, the Trousdale Estates Homeowners Association worked with the City of Beverly Hills to enact the Trousdale Ordinance, which was supported by the overwhelming majority of the residents, and still protects the area today. However, the building restrictions have not kept developers and investors from the area. This neighborhood is once again at its height of celebrity homeowners and world wide jet setters.
Today, historically sensitive architecture firms like Marmol Radziner are often called upon to restore and renovate the homes of Trousdale Estates, bringing spectacular new levels of luxury, art and design. The incredible architecture of Trousdale Estates is one of a kind. Certain properties offer jaw dropping views that span from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, and as far as Catalina Island. Trousdale Estates has been home to many celebrities; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Groucho Marx, Jennifer Aniston, Vera Wang & Simon Cowell. Just to name a few.