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    Topanga

    Topanga Canyon real estate provides the ability to get away from it all and retain proximity to the amenities of Los Angeles. This community provides homes away from the hustle and bustle, an actual retreat surrounded by the natural beauty that Californian’s cherish.

    Topanga is that retreat, a sparsely-populated region sprawling over Topanga Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains just to the north of Malibu and Pacific Palisades. The former haunt of activist rocker Niel Young, a musician famous for keeping it real and close to nature, Topanga is where you don’t just buy a house… you buy a compound. A chalet. A perch with soaring jetliner views of mountains to the north, the sweep of the Pacific Ocean to the south.

    A Native American word suspected to mean “where the mountains meet the sea,” Topanga was the ancestral home of the Chumash and Tongva tribes. Their stone mortars can still be found carved into the bedrock today. In the 1920s, it became a favorite weekend retreat for Hollywood stars, many of whom kept vacation homes secluded in the mountains with not a neighbor in sight. With median home prices just south of $1.9 million at just under $850 a square foot, lovers of nature and seclusion can follow in their footsteps.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, Topanga became ground-zero of a Bohemian cultural revolution. An informal artist colony, founded by folk singer Woody Guthrie and a blacklisted screenwriter, became a hotbed of counterculture and creativity. The legacy lives on today as the Will Greer Theatricum Botanicum, a theater that produces plays from Shakespeare to world-premieres, as well as musical performances. It also lives in the myriad festivals that liven up the canyon every year—Topanga Days, the Topanga Film Festival, Reggae on the Mountain, and many others.

    Get away from it all with a secluded, sumptuous home in the hills of Topanga. It’s like LA never even happened.


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