Bel Air

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Bel Air is a neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Founded in 1923, it is the home of The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden and the American Jewish University. Along with Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles community of Brentwood, Bel Air it is part of a high-priced area on the Westside known as the "three Bs". Of several entrances, there are two main ones: (1) the East Gate at Beverly Glen and Sunset Boulevards and (2) the West Gate at Bellagio Way and Sunset Boulevard, opposite an entrance to UCLA. Bel Air is generally subdivided into three distinct neighborhoods: East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air, and Upper Bel Air. Bel Air Estates, the original subdivision of the Bel Air community, is generally bounded by Nimes Road to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, Beverly Glen Boulevard to the east and both sides of Bel Air Road to the west.

The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is located in Bel Air. It was inspired by the gardens of Kyoto. Many structures in the garden—the main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine—were built in Japan and reassembled here. Antique stone carvings, water basins and lanterns, as well as the five-tiered pagoda, and key symbolic rocks are also from Japan.

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5 Community Magnet Charter Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
5 Roscomare Road Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
N/A Marymount High School Los Angeles 9th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Ad Astra School 2Nd Grade - 7th Grade Private/Charter
N/A The John Thomas Dye School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Wise School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Private/Charter
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