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In 1919, pop fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs bought a massive parcel of cattle-ranch land in the San Fernando Valley, sprawling between what is today Encino to the east and Woodland Hills to the west. He named this vast pasture after his most famous creation—Tarzan, lord of the jungle.

Far from being a jungle, the 8.8 square miles of Tarzana Ranch was eventually subdivided into an upscale residential community that remains popular with celebrities who want to keep a low profile and enjoy the slower pace of peaceful, affluent suburban living.

Today, set aside from the hectic pace of city life, residents of Tarzana enjoy one of the lowest population densities in the LA metro, as well as comparably reasonable home prices. Median prices for Tarzana homes peek just north of $1.1 million. The diverse residents range from middle-class to affluent, with everything from condos to mansions available for the discerning home buyer.

Residents who choose to live south of Ventura Boulevard can make their home in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, a haven of breathtaking views of the mountains and the San Fernando Valley. The secluded, gated community of Melody Acres affords high-net-worth residence the tranquility of ranch-style houses on sprawling acreage, recalling the region’s roots in old-west agriculture. Nearby Highway 27 winds through the spectacular scenery of Topanga State Park, terminating on the world-famous Malibu Coast.

For nature lovers, there’s horseback riding and bicycling in nearby Topanga and the foothills. For lovers of upscale shopping and dining, Tarzana Village, Tarzana Square, and Brown Center make the perfect spot for a “Sunday Funday” of brunch, window shopping, and actual shopping.

From literary heritage to mountain vistas, Tarzana offers beauty and value.

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