The faux-gated community was founded by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr. in 1923 and is part of the so-called “Golden Triangle” of Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills. Bel-Air is known as an exclusive residential community. Residences in Bel-Air range from modest ranch and story and half configurations to grand mansions. Many homes in Bel-Air seem quite modest from the outside, often only six feet from the street, however they tend to have large grounds and an estate feeling. In general, the higher up the mountain, the smaller the building lot and more modest the homes; however those residences along roads such as Stradella Road have magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and Catalina Island. The most desirable homes are right off the main entrances of Bel-Air and the country club entrance for these homes have both the views of the Bel-Air Country Club and the rest of Los Angeles. Lower Bel-Air homes can sell for over $20 million. Many families prefer lower Bel-Air because of its proximity to Sunset Boulevard, a major thoroughfare.