Calabasas: A Little History

The City of Calabasas has been referred to as the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area located in northern Los Angeles County.

Calabasas is an affluent city in Los Angeles County. It is tucked in the hills on the western most edge of the San Fernando Valley in the Santa Monica Mountains between Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills, West Hills, and Malibu, California. Calabasas was formally incorporated in 1991 and as of the 2000 census, the population was 23,123.

Most believe that Calabasas derived its name from the Spanish word, calabaza, which means “pumpkin,” “squash,” or “gourd”. There are some historians who believe that Calabasas is a translation of the Chumash word calahoosa, which also means gourd. 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 was originally a small town fair but has evolved into an large annual event. The current Pumpkin Festival takes plae at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas. There is a legend though that the original festival was meant to have taken place where, once upon a time, a traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area’s first pumpkin patch.

The City of Calabasas’s official logo depicts the red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains. It symbolizes a commitment to preserving the community’s natural beauty and semi-rural quality of life. The City 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 many distinct and varying communities. Many of the communities in Calabasas are guard gated:

Vista Pointe is located along the mountain ridge that runs parallel to, and in between, the Ventura Freeway (101 Fwy) and Parkway Calabasas Road off of Park Entrada. If you drive up Parkway Calabasas, you will also find the gated communities of Westridge, Calabasas Hills, Calabasas Park Estates, Calabasas Country Estates, and The Oaks of Calabasas.

Between Park Granada and Mulholland Drive you will find Mulholland Heights, Mulwood, Las Villas, Bellagio, The Ridge, Creekside, Clairidge, Calabasas Highlands, Mountain Park, Cold Creek, and Park Moderne.

If you drive along Las Virgenes, both north and south of the 101 freeway, you will find Monte Nido, Deer Springs, Stone Creek, El Encanto, Archstone, Mont Calabasas, Malibu Canyon Park, The Colony at Calabasas, and Calabasas View.

From Lost Hills Road you will find Saratoga Hills, Saratoga Ranch, Deer Springs, Steeplechase, and Mira Monte.

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