The area was settled by Maria Rita Quinteros de Valdez and her husband in Denker acquired most of it and used it for farming lima beans. Green , Charles A. Canfield , Max Whittier , Frank H. Buck , Henry E. Huntington , William G. Kerckhoff , William F. Porter, and Frank H. Balch, formed the Amalgamated Oil Company, bought the Hammel and Denker ranch, and began looking for oil. The hotel was finished in The visitors drawn by the hotel were inclined to purchase land in Beverly Hills, and by the subdivision had a high enough population to incorporate as an independent city.
The Beverly Hills Utility Commission was split off from the land company and incorporated in September , buying all of the utilities-related assets from the Rodeo Land and Water Company. Doheny finished construction of Greystone Mansion , a room mansion meant as a wedding present for his son Edward L. The house is now owned by the city of Beverly Hills. A neighborhood improvement association attempted to enforce the covenant in court.
Among the white residents supporting the lawsuit against blacks was silent film star Harold Lloyd. In his decision, federal judge Thurmond Clarke said that it was time that "members of the Negro race are accorded, without reservations or evasions, the full rights guaranteed to them under the 14th amendment. A group of Jewish residents of Beverly Hills filed an amicus brief in this case.
Currently this stretch of road is served by less efficient Metro Rapid buses using pre-existing roadways. In spite of the city's name, most residents live in the "flats" of Beverly Hills, which is a relatively flat land that slants towards the hills, and includes all of Beverly Hills itself. The houses situated in the hillside north of Sunset Boulevard have a much higher value than the average housing price for the rest of the city.
Santa Monica Boulevard divides the "flats" into two areas, locally known as "North or South of the tracks," referring to the train tracks that were once used by the old Pacific Electric streetcar line that traversed Beverly Hills along Santa Monica Blvd. Houses south of Wilshire Boulevard have more urban square and rectangular lots, in general smaller than those to the north. There are also more apartment buildings south of Wilshire Blvd. Nearly all businesses and government offices in Beverly Hills are located south of Santa Monica Blvd.
Just outside the city limits to the west lies the Los Angeles Country Club. Other locations commonly associated with Beverly Hills include the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Beverly Center , just outside the city limits to the east. Summers are marked by warm to hot temperatures with very little wind, while winters are warm to moderate, to cool with occasional rain alternating with periods of Santa Ana winds.
Measurable snowfall has been recorded only in , , , and