You know the song, right? Beverly Hills, that's where I want to be! Well, I've lived in LA my entire life and it never occurred to me to visit, let alone want to live in Beverly Hills. I'm guessing that for any of us Native Angelinos, it's just another neighborhood. They just happen to have more money.
Naturally, when my family came to visit from Mexico they expected to see ALL the sites. To them Beverly Hills, and more specifically Rodeo Drive, was on the list. I though I was going to feel poor being there. I've passed by a couple times, but I never stopped to actually walk amongst the rich and the affluent. I was sure in for a surprise.
On my way from where I parked to Rodeo Drive, there was a strip of park running parallel to the street. There were cool sculptures and a pretty pond in front a huge Beverly Hills sign. I did not expect to see anything like the sculptures you see above in Beverly Hills. I would assume that they would be more... classical.
As I walked down the street of expensive stores to Rodeo Drive, I found the people to be relatively normal. There were some who obviously had money and then their were tourists like me. Maybe it was because I went on a Sunday, but no one's demeanor oozed wealth like you would expect.
Then when we drove around to show to relatives some of the houses, none of them seemed ridiculously large. My dad said that was because the really big ones were hidden among the foliage and behind private gates. Kind of a bummer that I didn't get to see them.
So, would I recommend going to Beverly Hills for a visit? Sure, pop on over. It's not all that interesting and it won't take you very long to poke around, but it's definitely not as bad as you would think.