The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills
By Jeffrey Hyland
(Rizzoli, Hardcover, 9780847831623, 400pp.)
Publication Date: November 4, 2008
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This deluxe volume offers a meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated history of 45 magnificent estates in three of America’s most prized residential districts: Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Holmby Hills. Lush new color photographs as well as a trove of historical images take readers beyond the front gates for an exceptional, never-before-seen view of the mansions, grounds, and gardens of these sumptuous estates, and tell the history of Los Angeles' rise from rugged paddocks and farmland to famed metropolis. Each house is explored both for its historical and architectural importance, for here are the epitome of residences and gardens reflecting the famed Italianate and California Mediterranean styles by all the leading architects of Southern California, including Wallace Neff, James Dolena, Gordon Kaufmann, Robert Farquhar, Roland Coate, and Paul Williams. They built for clients whose own stories reflect the intrigue and foibles of Hollywood society (What rich widow built one of the greatest estates, only to lose everything because of non-stop parties and gambling? Which major Hollywood star secretly took nearly 100,000 photographs of nude starlets including young Marilyn Monroe at his estate?). The book’s final chapter, "Gone But Not Forgotten," pays homage to great estates that have been destroyed or lost to history.
Jeffrey Hyland is president of Hilton & Hyland, the pre-eminent real estate brokerage firm in Beverly Hills. He is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times as an authority on Southern California real estate, architecture, and history.
"High in the canyons above Los Angeles, the great estates of Beverly Hills have fascinated and enthralled those who have been lucky enough to visit them. But very few have ever been photographed in any detail. That is, until now. Jeffrey Hyland was granted exclusive access [to] these extraordinary properties. Many have been magnificently restored and are a living memento of the golden age of Hollywood." ~London Times
"...meticulously researched volume...With lavish color photography and archival images, the author leads readers on a glorious, gossipy tour through the houses and gardens of many of Los Angeles' original rich and famous."
"...an A-to-Z of the city's most knock-out villas, mansions and chateaux, written by someone who should know: Jeffrey Hyland of Hilton & Hyland real estate." ~Angeleno Interiors
"This amazingly researched and illustrated history of 50 incredible estates includes a who’s who of notables involved, as well as an authoritative look at the convergence of architectural styles (and audacity) that are as integral to Southern California as palm trees." ~BookPage
"My heart started to race, my eyesight flickered and I got blood-rush dizzy as I leafed through Jeffrey Hyland's The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills. Hyland unlocks the gates of some of the lushest, most lingering-gaze inspiring homes on the planet." ~New York Post
"Delicious...lush coffee-table book...brimming with amazing abodes. A glorious read and gobs of eye candy, too." ~LA Confidential Magazine
"(A) book whose price and presentation match its bigger-than-life subject...a boxed, skillet-sized celebration of 48 mansions in Beverly Hills and surrounding neighborhoods." ~San Diego Union-Tribune
"(A) a meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated history of 50 magnificent estates in three world-famous enclaves of the ultra-wealthy..." ~Luxist.com