The truth about Beverly Hills

No Los Angeles neighborhood is more famous than Beverly Hills. With a ZIP code made infamous by a '90s TV show and a whole slew of movies centered around its residents, just about everyone has some preconceived notion about what it means to live in this posh neighborhood. But is what you've heard true?

Beverly Hills is more than Rodeo Drive and movie stars. This neighborhood is a safe, friendly community with plenty of entertainment for kids and adults alike. If you're considering purchasing real estate in Los Angeles, but think trendy Beverly Hills isn't for you, maybe you should reconsider. Here are three good reasons why.

Lots of green spaces
After a day in the urban jungle of LA's skyscrapers, it's lovely to come home to the beautifully manicured lawns and gently swaying palm trees that line the streets of Beverly Hills.

The city is also home to some delightful parks, like the Will Rogers Memorial Park. This gorgeous public space features green grass, winding paths and sparkling fountains. An afternoon here is sure to please the whole family.

Bang for your buck
With a median home price of around $1.3 million, according to Home Insight, Beverly Hills' reputation as one of LA's most expensive areas is well-deserved. But buying real estate in this neighborhood is a smart move, too - the source reports that homes in Beverly Hills have gained nearly 20 percent in value, on average, over the last two to five years.

This venerable community continues to be one of LA's most popular destinations, which is why it has experienced a more than 8 percent population growth since 1990.

Great education
If your mental image of Beverly Hills features airheaded blondes, it's time to update it. In fact, Beverly Hills residents are extremely educated, with nearly 55 percent of residents having a four-year degree or higher, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Beverly Hills is home to a respected public school system, and isn't far from some prestigious universities, including the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.