A scenic city in the rolling foothills west of the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas is known for its colorful history, its massive, gnarled oaks and its family-friendly community feeling. Ranked among the 50 Safest Cities in California on The SafeWise Report, Calabasas is served by the Las Virgenes Unified School District, one of the highest-ranked in the state.
Originally settled by peaceful Chumash Indians, the area was visited by Spanish explorers as early as the 1700s and divided – not without plenty of resistance by squatters and hired guns – into huge ranches and, later, farms. It wasn’t long before city dwellers hungry for respite were attracted to its shaded canyons and trickling streams, setting up picnic grounds, vacation camps and homesteads. The iconic scenery also attracted early movie makers and found its way into such classics as “Tarzan,” “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and “Stalag 17.”
The Monterey-style Leonis Adobe Museum is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1 and a meticulously maintained anchor for Old Town Calabasas. The adjacent Plummer House was moved from its original location in West Hollywood in 1983 and, like the Leonis Adobe, is available for touring. The area’s most significant development began after 1958, when the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District assured the region a reliable water supply.
Just over 13 square miles in size, Calabasas is an unusually prosperous and educated community, with some 62 percent of its 24,153 residents (2013) holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. The median household income is $124,583 and the city’s largest employers are the school district, Bank of America and The Cheesecake Factory. A number of technology firms also call it home.
Just 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles and seven miles across Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the Pacific Ocean, Calabasas has a strong tradition of protecting the region’s environmental resources and looking out for the well-being of its residents. Green initiatives safeguard open space, ban single-use plastic carry-out bags and food packaging in polystyrene, and prohibit smoking in all public places in the city where others may be exposed to second-hand smoke.
Its convenience, security and beauty are just a few of the many reasons that Calabasas is home to some of California’s most visible celebrities, including Justin Bieber and the Jenner/Kardashian family.
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