Beachwood Drive

Miles from the seashore, the “beach” in Beachwood Canyon refers to Albert Henry Beach (1854-1936). Born in Shakespeare, Ontario, Canada, Beach came to the U.S. as a child. He moved to California in 1873 – first to San Rafael, then to the new town of Escondido. During this time, he worked as a telegraph operator and sold wheat seeds on the side. In 1886, however, Beach embarked upon a new career in real estate, which would prove long and successful. With Los Angeles offering greater opportunities than Escondido, Beach, his wife Anna (née Scott, 1857-1933), and their daughters Mabel, Blanche, and Bonnie moved up here in 1899. Beach purchased 180 acres north of Hollywood in 1905 and subdivided it three years later as Beachwood Park, with Beachwood Drive its main drag.