As you start your home search in Calabasas, here is some information about the city's history, neighborhoods, housing, schools, and parks.
The City of Calabasas is located in northwestern Los Angeles County. It’s bordered on the northeast by Woodland Hills, the north by the unincorporated city of Hidden Hills, on the east by Topanga, on the south by Malibu, and on the west by Agoura Hills. The name Calabasas means “pumpkin” (or squash or gourd) in Spanish. To honor the city’s name, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Calabasas hold the annual Pumpkin Festival each year. The festival, held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park, features games, exhibits, a carnival, and live events.
Calabasas is home to a wonderful park called Brandon’s Village located in Gates Canyon Park off Thousand Oaks Boulevard in northwest Calabasas. Brandon’s Village is a universally accessible playground that serves over 5000 special needs children from Calabasas and surrounding areas. Over 70 percent of the play equipment is playable for kids with disabilities but also provides kids without disabilities plenty of opportunities for a stimulating and fun play experience.
Like many of the surrounding cities, Calabasas promotes the protection of open space. The city played a vital role in saving the nearly 3000 acre Ahmanson Ranch acreage located north of the adjacent Hidden Hills. The area now known as Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve is forever protected from development.
One of the lovely amenities in Calabasas is man-made Calabasas Lake located north of Calabasas Road and east of The Commons, an upscale shopping center. The lake is surrounded by about 400 homes. It’s maintained by the Calabasas Park Homeowner’s Association. Fishing and boating (no gas motors) are allowed on the lake. If you are lucky enough to own a home here, it’s a lovely, peaceful place to live.
Calabasas housing consists of apartments, condos and town homes, and single-family residences. Prices for condos and town homes range from the high $300,000s to $1,650,000 at the newly constructed Avanti complex. Single-family home prices start in the low $600,000s and go all the way up to nearly $13 million. There are several gated communities in Calabasas, the most exclusive being The Oaks of Calabasas. Within The Oaks are several smaller communities, The Arbors, The Classics, the Masters, The Reserve, and the prestigious Estates of the Oaks where prices currently start at $4.5 million. There are, of course, many other neighborhoods with homes priced at a more manageable price point. The very first neighborhood in Calabasas was Park Moderne also known as the “Bird Streets”. Park Moderne was formerly an artists’ colony in the 1920s. Prices in Park Moderne are currently in the range of $1,000,000 to $1.4 million. Calabasas is home to numerous celebrities and sports figures.
Calabasas is part of the Las Virgenes Unified School District. There are four K-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, and one 9-12 high school. Nearly all are award winning having achieved either National Blue Ribbon School or California Distinguished status…or both! In addition to the excellent schools in LVUSD, Calabasas is also home to Viewpoint School, a private school serving grades K-12.
Calabasas is also home to the prestigious Calabasas Country Club. This private club has an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. and gorgeous facilities for private events.
Calabasas is headquarters to such companies as Cheesecake Factory, DTS, and Harbor Freight Tools.