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H.Trousdale EstatesTrousdale Estates is situated in the foothills at the northeast end of Beverly Hills. The area consists of 410 acres of orange groves and hunting grounds that was owned by oil tycoon Edward Doheny. In the late 1920’s, Edward Doheny built a 46,000 square foot Tudor style home known as Greystone Manor. The home was a gift to his son and his wife. Tragically, 5 months after they moved in his son and his male secretary were shot and found dead at the home. The wife, Lucy, continued to live in the home until 1955, when she sold the Manor to an Industrialist and the remaining land to Paul Trousdale.Paul Trousdale acquired the 532 lots and convinced the Beverly Hills City Council to rename it the Trousdale Estates. He further devised an Architectural Committee, to regulate the style of homes (single story homes) including how high roofs could be. Renowned architects such as Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Quincy Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harold Levitt, and Allen Siple all designed earlier houses.

Paul Trousdale always courted the rich and famous, and the area was home to some of the following: Dinah Shore, Richard Nixon, Groucho Marx, Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, and Ray Charles. More recently, Jennifer Aniston, David Spade, Vera Wang, John Rich, Jane Fonda, Richard Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, have also lived in the neighborhood.

Trousdale Estates Homeowners Association, a non-profit organization, and the city of Beverly Hills implemented the Trousdale Ordinance to preserve the neighborhood. The neighborhood has security patrol cars with armed guards.