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Learn About Calabasas, CA

According to one review of Calabasas on, “Calabasas is an affluent town which has become famous because of the reality TV “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. The Kardashian family hardly represents the majority of the residents of the town of Calabasas. Calabasas is one of the most “green” and environmentally aware towns around. It also has very strict anti-smoking ordinances. The school system is excellent and the town itself is quite pretty. To put it mildly, the town has a lot going for it! It’s hard not to like a town that has an annual Pumpkin Festival. (Calabasas is Spanish for “pumpkin”). The main drawback to Calabasas is the distance from L.A. proper. It’s a long commute into L.A.” Calabasas has been described as one of the most affluent communities in Los Angeles. It is located to the west of San Fernando Valley and to the northwest of Santa Monica Mountains. It is home to about 24,000 people most of who live in gated communities. It is one of the most livable places in California, with a livability index of 73. It is also home to the Leonis Adobe which was built in 1944 and which is one of the oldest structures in Los Angeles.

The history of Calabasas dates back to the Chumash Indians who gave the area its name because of the vast amounts of wild squash that were growing in the area – the word Calabasas means squash or gourd and according to some it can also mean pumpkin. Legend has it that back in 1824 an Oxnard farmer accidentally spilled some squash that he was transporting in the area and the following year squash planted sprouted everywhere. This is why the city has an annual pumkin festival, as expelianed on Wikipedia: “In honor of its namesake, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hold an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The festival has evolved from a small-town fair to a significant annual event. Though the current Pumpkin Festival is held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas, the original festival was believed to have taken place where the traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area’s first pumpkin patch. The city’s official logo, depicting a red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains, symbolizes a commitment to preserving the community’s natural beauty and semirural quality of life. This logo is featured on the Calabasas city flag which is flown in front of City Hall and hangs in the City Council Chambers.”

Calabasas has 5 main neighborhoods: around Parkway Calabasas, Mulholland Drive, Las Virgenes, Mont Calabasas and Lost Hills Road. The population is 84% white, 9% Asian, 4% Hispanics and the rest is a mix of other races. About 40% of all households have children who are aged 18 or younger and it is served by the Las Virgenes Unified School District, which is one of the top performing districts in California. Wikipedia explains: “Calabasas residents are zoned to schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, one of the highest-ranked districts in the state. The district also serves the nearby communities of Agoura Hills, Bell Canyon, and Hidden Hills, and certain smaller areas. Calabasas High School is a part of the district. In January 2004, Alice C. Stelle Middle School, located at the corner of Mulholland Highway and Paul Revere Road, was opened to serve the eastern half of the city. The western half is served by Arthur E. Wright Middle School, located on Las Virgenes Road, which prior to 2004, was the city’s only middle school. Calabasas is also home to Chaparral, Round Meadow, Lupin Hill, and Bay Laurel public elementary schools, which are part of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, as well as the private Viewpoint School.”

The cost of living in Calabasas is high compared to other cities in California – it is 49% higher than the state average. The median household income is one of the highest in California, 91% higher than average. As with most gated communities the crime rate is very low – 62% lower than the California average. High school graduation rates are 22% higher than the average across the state. What discourages most people from living in Calabasas is the cost of housing – the median home value is 138% higher than the average in California. If, for example, you want to buy a small 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home you will pay around $1.4 million, while a bigger 5 bedroom, 9 bathroom home will cost you $9 million. That said. If you work with the right realtor he can get you a deal that you can afford.

Calabasas has quite a number of employers. The Cheesecake Factory and Harbor Freight Tools have their headquarters located here. Other employers include the Las Virgenes Unified School District, bank of America, Viewpoint School, Alcatel-Lucent, the City of Calabasas, Sedgwick Claims Management, Grant & Weber and Spirent. There is an area that is called 101 Technology Corridor and here is how it is explained on Wikipedia: “During the dot-com bubble, a number of technology companies were located on a stretch of Agoura Rd parallel to the US 101 Freeway, leading that area of Calabasas to develop a reputation as the “101 Technology Corridor”. These businesses included several computer-networking companies Xylan (later Alcatel-Lucent), Netcom Systems (later Spirent Communications), Ixia Communications, j2 Global Communications, Tekelec, and software company Digital Insight.[24] Although some of these companies have since relocated, been acquired, or ceased operations, the area continues to be home to a significant technology presence.”

As with many other gated communities in California you will not find a lot of things to do in Calabasas itself but there is a lot going on in locations close by. That said, you will find many residents out on their bikes keeping fit, running, taking walks or even hiking. There is also the Calabasas Theater Company where you can watch live performances. Malibu Creek State Park and Headwaters Corner Interpretive Center are also within easy reach.