Calabasas was originally inhabited by Chumash Native Americans centuries ago. Europeans first settled there during the Spanish era. An expedition headed by Gaspar de Portolá crossed through this area on their way south to Mexico after venturing into northern California. On their way north from Mexico, another party of explorers led by Juan Bautista de Anza camped there in 1776.
In 1795, a rancheria in the Los Angeles area was given the name Calabasas. The Leonis Adobe is an adobe structure in Old Town Calabasas that dates from 1844. It’s one of the oldest structures in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County’s newest city was incorporated on April 5, 1991.
The city is in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles is 50 miles away. The neighborhood is bordered by the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to the northeast, Topanga to the east, Malibu to the south, Agoura Hills to the west, and Hidden Hills to the north. El Camino Real runs east-west through Calabasas as Ventura Freeway (US 101).
According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2), 12.9 square miles (33 km2) of it is land, and 0.1 square miles of it is water.
Park Moderne, or the “Bird Streets,” is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Calabasas. The former artists’ colony has a clubhouse, pool, and cabins scattered along lots with bird names such as Meadow Lark, Blackbird, Bluebird, and Hummingbird lining the streets behind Calabasas High School.
Calabasas has a population of 23,058 according to the 2010 United States Census. Its population density is 1,780.4 people per square mile.
There were 23,049 people living in households, 9 in non-institutionalized group quarters, and none were institutionalized. Among the 8,543 households, 3,320 (38.9%) had children under the age of 18 living at home, 5,124 (60.0%) were opposite-sex couples living together, 942 (11.0%) had a female householder without her husband present, 315 (3.7%) had a male householder without his wife present, 310 (3.6%) were unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 31 (0.4%) were same-sex married couples or partnerships. A total of 1,624 households (19.0%) were made up of individuals, and 525 households (6.1%) were composed of someone living alone who was 65 or older. Household sizes averaged 2.70. The number of families was 6,381 (74.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.11.
5,841 people (25.3%) were under the age of 18, 1,875 people (8.1%) were 18 to 24, 5,025 people (21.8%) were 25 to 44, 7,414 people (32.2%) were 45 to 64, and 2,903 people (12.6%) were 65 or older. A median age of 41.6 years was recorded. There were 93.6 males per 100 females. There were 89.8 men for every 100 females age 18 and over.
There were 8,878 housing units on average, with 6,287 (73.6%) owned by their owners and 2,256 (26.4%) occupied by renters. Homeowner vacancy rates were 1.2% and rental vacancy rates were 5.2%. The population was made up of 17,769 owner-occupied housing units (77.1%), and 5,280 rental housing units (22.9%).
According to the 2010 United States Census, Calabasas had a median household income of $124,583, and 6.6% of the population lived below the federal poverty line.
Those living in Calabasas are zoned for schools within the Las Virgenes Unified School District. As well as Agoura Hills, Bell Canyon, and Hidden Hills, the district also serves smaller areas. The district includes Calabasas High School.
As part of the eastern half of the city, Alice C. Stelle Middle School was opened in January 2004 at Mulholland Highway and Paul Revere Road. Prior to 2004, the only middle school in the western half of the city was Arthur E. Wright Middle School on Las Virgenes Road.
The Las Virgenes Unified School District also serves Calabasas with Chaparral, Round Meadow, Lupin Hill, and Bay Laurel public elementary schools, as well as Viewpoint School, a private boarding school.
At Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas, there is a public playground called Brandon’s Village. Calabasas and surrounding areas are home to over 5,000 special-needs children. Brandon’s Village was designed and built by Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds. In addition to offering meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for children without disabilities, its playground equipment is 70% independently playable by children with disabilities.
A small park and green space in Calabasas, Grape Arbor Park is located on Lost Road Hills off Ventura Freeway, and serves the surrounding residential area. Baseball diamonds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a playground, and picnic tables are part of the park. Playground equipment, landscaping, and irrigation were damaged during the Woolsey Fire in 2018. The park was reconstructed in 2020.
Calabasas Bark Park has a grassy area and separate gated children’s area with water fountains. A small hiking trail connects the park and the hiking trail.
Mulholland Highway in Calabasas is home to Wild Walnut Park. The park features picnic tables and walking trails. Dog parks were approved for part of the park in 2020.
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