Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills was originally named “Girard” by its scoundrel-impresario founder, Victor Girard. In addition to building Turkish-style facades to give the illusion of a bustling downtown to attract residents, Girard spruced up the surroundings by planting more than 120,000 fir, eucalyptus, and sycamore trees.

Girard’s fake town fell apart in the Depression, but the trees didn’t go anywhere. In 1941, Girard was reborn as Woodland Hills, a haven of green just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Los Angeles, as well as easy access to the world-famous Malibu beaches and the mountainous splendor of Topanga Canyon.

Today, Woodland Hills homes enjoy the splendor of nature right at their fingertips. There’s Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve, 3,000 acres of hiking trails over rolling hills and preserved wilderness. There’s the Top of Topanga Overlook, a hike that culminates in breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the sparkling lights of the San Fernando Valley.

But nature isn’t the only draw to Woodland Hills real estate—the shopping, dining, and nightlife stand toe-to-toe with the most upscale LA neighborhoods. On the Woodland Hills stretch of Ventura Boulevard, unique taverns and gastropubs play host not only to culinary excellence but also a thriving live music scene.

Diverse and family -friendly, with good schools and beautiful surroundings, Woodland Hills is surging in popularity. The median home price is just south of $1.1 million, with an amazing-for-LA price-per-square-foot south of $470. The Craftsman, Revivalist, and Modern homes to be found here are sprawling, beautifully designed and constructed with plenty of space to breathe and to grow.

From the earthly delights to the serene LA nights, the undulating, tree-lined streets of Woodland Hills are a spectacular place to put down roots.

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