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Calabasas

Tucked away 30 miles North of Los Angeles and Malibu, between the Santa Monica and Santa Susanna Mountains, is a blend of equally stunning architecture and lush scenery,Calabasas is known to be one of the more affluent, safe, and desirable communities in Southern California. A verdant conglomerate of several exclusive gated communities, single-family homes and condos provides residents with numerous real estate options. Some of these communities include: The Oaks, Calabasas Country Estates, Calabasas Park Estates, Mountainview Estates, Bellagio, and Westridge. Due to its high security measures and secluded atmosphere the city attracts several A-list celebrities and professional athletes.

Surrounded by spectacular mountain and canyon views, easy access to private country clubs and golf courses has catered to a variety of lifestyles. This tight-knit community offers several recreational areas, hiking trails and easy canyon access to the Malibu Beaches.

Calabasas is located in close proximity to Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills and several other surrounding towns. Easy access to downtown Los Angeles via the 101 Freeway and a plethora of local shopping and dining options. The Calabasas Commons is an open-air luxury shopping mall that has serves as a popular local stomping ground. Developed by famed Caruso, the outdoor mall is an exquisite display of Mediterranean architecture and elaborate fountains all tied together by boutique shops and restaurants.

Calabasas earned its namesake from the Spanish word ‘Calabaza’ which means pumpkin. To this day, the annual Pumpkin Festival draws in crowds to view an incredible Halloween pumpkin display. The rich historical roots have attracted the interests of people from all around the world.

In 1931 the Art Deco style artist colony, Park Moderne (the Bird Streets), was founded by William Lingenbrink and constructed by German architect Jock Peters and RM Shinder. This is known to be one of the oldest neighborhoods in the area. Although the former art cottages are no longer standing along the famous bird streets, the remnants of an Art Deco fountain and wrought iron gates continue to tell the story.

Preserving the historic character of the community has always been a long-term goal. Old Town Calabasas and Leonis Adobe are popular attractions that preserved the old-west atmosphere. Present-day Old Town Calabasas has preserved much of the historic wooden-framed structures, saloon buildings and charm. Mixed with its historical roots, the town now hosts an array of popular restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and farmers markets.

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