The Era

The print ads for Trousdale Estates promised a "life above it all", and it sure felt that way, powering up the hill, swathed in mink behind the wheel of a new Cadillac.

The boldest-faced celebrities, industrialists and society names in town angled to get the best lots, and competed with each other to hire the most talented architects and in-demand 'interior decorators' money could buy. The design review board - headed by society architect Allen Siple - and original covenants dictating 3,000 square foot minimums ensured large, well-designed homes; single-story restrictions ensured they'd spread out forever, while protecting views.

Your neighbors were on TV last night; another one's on the stereo now.

The Architects:

Notable Residents:

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