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    Rodeo Drive

    Rodeo Drive – Where the Rich and Famous Shop

    Although the stretch of stores on Rodeo Drive are only three blocks long, this perhaps the most sought after shopping destination in LA. This stretch of shopping begins at Wilshire Boulevard on the south and runs north towards Santa Monica Boulevard where the commercial section of the street melt away into an affluent up market residential area.

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    Shopping here is probably a little bit too expensive for the average tourist, however one may console oneself by looking at the rich and famous or engaging in a very expensive “window shopping” spree. The world’s most celebrated designer brands and clothesline have outlets on this stretch of road; Armani, Christina Dior, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany are just a few. According statistics Rodeo Drive is actually the home of the world’s most expensive store located at 420, Bijan Drive and owned by an Iranian businessman; the average shopper spends about 100,000 dollars per visit. One needs to make an appointment to shop here for expensive men’s fashion, a pair of socks cost 50 dollars and a suit costs 15,000 dollars, their well known shoppers include US President George Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and Tony Blair.

    The part about rodeo drive that tourist love is actually the areas newest addition, known as “Two Rodeo” and located at the north east corner of Wilshire and Rodeo. This is actually two narrow streets that run parallel to each other, the architecture is meant to reflect a tree lined romantic European avenue and was the only new street built in Beverly Hill in the last 75 years.

    “Two Rodeo” for most visitors will resemble a movie set, it creates an illusion of free standing store fronts .The combination of old world cobblestones, romantic archways, fountains and an Italianate piazza also makes this the most picturesque part of Rodeo Drive. The best time to visit the enticing Rodeo Drive is during the night, as the colorful lights illuminate the streets and during Christmas time yuletide displays, nativity scenes and fairy lights adorn store fronts.

    A number of hotels can be located in the close vicinity of Rodeo Drive condos; some of the world’s best and most famous luxury hotels are in Beverly Hills and offer comfortable accommodation with classy service. The world’s most celebrated designer brands and clothesline have outlets on this stretch of road; Armani, Christina Dior, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany are just a few.