As the sunny Beverly Hills in California is the favorite getaway spot for numerous celebrities and the topic of a popular TV show, it isn’t really surprising that there are numerous myths about this city flying around the grapevine. So, as you are imagining yourself in a perfect neighborhood before you move here, living in a huge house with a pool, just like a number of singers and actors, let us give you some common myths about your future city and help you set more realistic expectations of your life there. So, shall we begin with a very common misconception?
Myth: The weather in Beverly Hills is always sunny
This is a very common misconception. True, Beverly Hills has a very hot and sunny
climate, and during the most of the year you will be wearing your flats and your sunglasses, complaining about the heat and attempting to cool down somehow. However, like in every city, there are two sides of a coin regarding weather.
Reality: While Beverly Hills doesn’t have a mountain of snow or a random downpour, the winter does get a bit chilly. So, in December and January you will need to make use of a jacket and some boots, as the temperature will drop to lower 50s and 40s. There is another thing which you should know – there are clouds in Beverly Hills in June. Popularly called the ‘June gloom’ these are a layer of marine clouds which hang over the city and clear out around noon. Expect some rain from time to time, as well.
Myth: There aren’t that many people living in Beverly Hills
While this may be true for some neighborhoods in Beverly Hills, it certainly can’t be applied to all of them or to its neighbor, LA.
Reality: With LA which has about 4 million people living or working there, which is the second most populous area in the US, Beverly Hills is housing more than some of the workers which go into the city in the morning. Also, consider the fact that Beverly Hills is a popular place for current celebrities to settle down in. It is bound to have a large number of people living there. Sure, there will be quiet areas, as well, but, there are definitely a lot of people living there.
Myth: People are rich, fake, spoiled and everyone is rude
We can see how you might be arriving to this conclusion. If only rich people can afford to live here, and rich people are commonly stereotyped as fake and spoiled, it’s only natural that they are all rude, as well.
Reality: This is a gross exaggeration. There are rich people living in the Hills, sure. There are people with less income living in the Flats. In fact, most people live in the flats. Regarding all people being fake and rich, therefore rude, do we really need to talk about this? There are rude people everywhere you go. There are nice people everywhere you go. So, don’t worry, your neighbors will most likely be just fine.
Myth: Traffic in Beverly Hills is horrible and drivers are terrible
While this is partially true for Los Angeles, there is a common misconception of extending the stereotype over Beverly Hills, as well. Let us reassure you that you will definitely be able to drive in this city, as well as in the neighboring Los Angeles. So, don’t ditch your car just yet!
Reality: The traffic in LA can be a bit
troublesome during rush hours in the morning and in the afternoon. You will be stuck in the lines if you are taking the main roads. However, as those of you who have lived in big cities before know, there is a way of getting around by using the back streets which will be much faster. Regarding traffic in Beverly Hills, the situation is very similar, however, the rush hours don’t last nearly as long. Besides, there is a good public transport system, if you are keen on ditching your car after your move. Though, the trouble in Beverly Hills is really the parking, so you might want to check out our post dedicated to an explanation of rainbow parking.
Myth: Everything is too expensive or over-priced
Thinking about Beverly Hills makes you imagine all that: high-end boutiques, expensive lifestyle, large houses with pools in the back and generally an over-priced day to day living. But, this isn’t really the case.
Reality: California is an expensive state to live in, however you look at it, especially if we are talking about the LA and Beverly Hills area and the Platinum Triangle. But, if you consider the living standard there, as well as salaries, you will see that it really isn’t as over-priced as you’d thought. While you may not be able to afford designer handbags and jewelry, there are plenty of malls for you to shop in. And, look on the bright side, after living in Beverly Hills for a while, surely you will be able to live the high life, as well.
Myth: The food in Beverly Hills isn’t just that good
We are not quite sure why you might think that food in Beverly Hills isn’t good, after all, there are an alarming number of pictures of it on Instagram. Then again, if there are a number of picture of uneaten food out there, we can see how you might think that it isn’t good.
Reality: There will always be good food. So, naturally, there is good and great food in Beverly Hills. There are farmer’s markets, grocery stores and plenty of Walmarts for you to do your shopping at. And, in case you aren’t fond of cooking, there are plenty of great restaurants for a lunch out or bistros where you can grab a bite when hungry. You can also order takeout, if that is your cup of tea. So, take a couple of pictures of your food for your Instagram and dig in – we promise that you will enjoy it!
Hopefully we have destroyed a few stereotypes for you with this post and you will go to your new home in Beverly Hills with realistic expectations.