Welcome to Calabasas
Calabasas is proof that living in the hills can be earthy and glamorous all at once. The classy and convenient community is located about 27 miles from Los Angeles in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains. It’s most notably known for its sprawling homes and mansions with pools and private gated communities, but the suburban town also has beautiful and modest single-family homes that shouldn’t be overlooked. In Calabasas, you’ll find all sorts of impressive architecture, from clock towers to adobe structures. It has a fascinating history, from how the city was named (Las Calabasas means “the place where the pumpkins fell” after an old tale told about the area) to its original “Wild West” roots. Officially named a city in 1991, Calabasas is laid-back but still considered new, thriving, and exciting.
What to Love
Gorgeous, expansive homes
Small-town spirit and festivities
People & Lifestyle
The small town has a private and secluded nature, but at its core, it truly is a family-friendly area. There are many activities put on by the city and neighbors, from annual festivals to barbecues to kiddos hitting the community pools. While the city of Calabasas is luxurious in many ways, it’s suburban and spacious as well. Residents love to entertain and enjoy big backyards with nice views.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you like good food and great aesthetics, Calabasas is brimming with inventive and delicious establishments. Pedalers Fork serves locally sourced New American eats — from breakfast to dinner — within a rustic space with shades of turquoise and deep browns. Furthermore, it’s connected to a boutique bike shop! Saddle Peak Lodge is a classy and romantic lodge in the mountains serving unbelievable views from the patio — oh, and amazing upmarket New American fare. Sagebrush Cantina is popular for its yummy (and beautifully plated) Mexican and Southwestern entrees. The indoor and outdoor dining areas, inspired by an Old West saloon, offers a generous amount of space, and the 30-foot bar contains quite the tequila selection
For quality shopping, head over to The Commons at Calabasas. The incredible, high-end entertainment and shopping outpost is inspired by a stylish Little Italy and Mediterranean aesthetic. It has walkable paths and gorgeous fountains leading to a variety of stores, shops, and boutiques.
Things to Do
Calabasas has a fun spirit with an indie heart, and everything there is to do in the area reflects that. King Gillette Ranch is comprised of scenic parkland that stretches over 588 acres in the heart of Malibu Creek Watershed. Spend an afternoon hiking, taking in the dazzling views, and witnessing the brilliant 1920s architecture. Want to experience what’s left of the Old West? Visit the Leonis Adobe, which is one of the oldest surviving structures in Los Angeles County. The Malibu Hindu Temple, a gorgeous structure of traditional South Indian style, is definitely worth the drop-in. Calabasas Farmers Market is the weekend social and shopping spot that offers locally sourced produce and flowers in addition to wines and food products. There’s also plenty of annual festivals, from the Calabasas Fine Arts Festival to the Calabasas Malibu Food and Wine Festival.
Calabasas’s public school district, Las Virgenes Unified School District, has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including
Round Meadow Elementary School, Public, K-5
Arthur E. Wright Middle School, Public, 6-8
Calabasas High School, Public, 9-12