The city is home to many celebrities, luxury hotels and the Rodeo Drive shopping district. See famous sights such as the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the “Torso” statue and the House of Bijan. Similar improvements were made to the sidewalks and lighting of the North Beverly Drive and North Cañon Drive shopping streets. Homes located in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard are rated much higher than the average home price for the rest of the city.
In 1996, the Paley Center for Media opened its West Coast location, a major new building by architect Richard Meier on the southwest corner of North Beverly Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard. It is also home to many celebrities and has two of the richest streets in the United States: Beverly Park Circle and Beverly Park Terrace. Elegant rooms and Italian Renaissance-inspired façade welcome you to Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons hotel. The city also grew physically with the annexation of a large expanse of land in the hills above the east side of the city, the area known as Trousdale Estates, originally part of the Greystone estate.
The Crescent and Beverly Terrace (by Sonder) offer extraordinary and accessible hospitality, because everyone should be able to afford extraordinary accommodations. In the early 1930s, Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens and expanded to cover the entire two-mile (3 kilometer) length of Santa Monica Boulevard through the city. Notable structures built on land previously crossed by racing cars was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 1928.The former Santa Monica Park was extended three blocks along the entire length of the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, from Wilshire Boulevard to North Doheny Drive, and was renamed Beverly Gardens Park.