THE PUMPKIN CITY.
Though to many outsiders it is only known as the home of countless celebrities, the city of Calabasas offers a scenic and affluent escape from the city of Los Angeles.
It is said that the city’s name came from the spanish word for ‘pumpkin’. Legend has it that in 1824, a Basque rancher from Oxnard was transporting a wagon full of pumpkins to Los Angeles, when they all fell out and scattered down the side of the road. A year later, hundreds of pumpkin seeds sprouted from the ground- giving way to the name ‘Calabasas’. In honor of this, the city holds a famous Pumpkin Festival each fall- originally taking place in that very spot (though it has since moved).
The city is home to one of the oldest surviving buildings in Southern California in Leonis Adobe- constructed in 1844. The building, named after the “King of Calabasas” who was made famous for his gun fights and squatter wars, was made the very first Historic-Cultural Landmark in Los Angeles.
The city lies in the corner of the San Fernando Valley within the Los Angeles County, and is committed to preserving its semi-rural way of life. Prominent neighborhoods include The Oaks, Hidden Hills, Mountain View Estates, Avalon Calabasas, Mont Calabasas, and Deer Springs among countless others.
See why visitors and locals alike flock to Calabasas to shop.
Shopping in Calabasas is an activity that draws visitors from all over- not only locally, but internationally because of the city’s frequent appearance of celebrities. The Commons are known not only for their shops including Lulu Lemon, Kate Spade, Sephora, Williams Sonoma, and Paper Source; but are also known for their phenomenal dining options. The picturesque grounds of the shopping center are home to live swimming turtles, who can be seen bathing in the sun on any given day underneath the charming fountain featuring children and their boat.
The charming cinema in the Commons features major motion pictures and Independent films alike- which makes sense considering Calabasas’ stature as home of one of California’s most renowned film festivals.
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Explore some of the famous dining options in Calabasas.
Some of Los Angeles’ most well-known food options are located in Calabasas, including Le Pain Quotidian and SugarFish by Sushi Nozawa.
Saddle Peak Lodge and Pedalers Fork offer robust American options, while King’s Fish House and Mediterranean Pita Grill offer options for those with a more globally sophisticated palette. Got a sweet tooth? Head over to Menchie’s for some frozen yogurt.
Lovi’s Deli offers locals a celeb-frequented spot to grab fresh deli fare. Health Nut and SunLife Organics are perfect for those with a healthy side, who want to order nutritious salads, açaí bowls, or smoothies.
For those hoping to pick up healthy ingredients with which to cook meals at home, Erewhon Natural Food Market offers a wide selection of organic products as well as a juice bar.
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NEIGHBORHOODS / TRACTS
About Agoura Hills
With a population of over 20,000 Agoura Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It is approximately 30 miles from Los Angeles, and is located in the eastern Conejo Valley between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains.
The area was settled around 10,000 years ago by Native Americans. By 1900, Agoura Hills was used as a popular stage stop for travelers. Its natural areas are covered by hundreds of local plant species, some of which are very rare.
Environment & Wildlife
The Ballard Mountain, which is named after the pioneer settler and freed slave John Ballard, is located in Agoura Hills. Agoura Hills is host to an immense variety of wildlife ranging from mountain lions to steelheads.
Agoura Hills is mainly known for its music scene. Currently, it is mostly for the nu metal music genre. In the 1960s, its music scene was born, which has had its highs and lows in popularity between the 1980s and mid 1990s.