Hidden Calabasas: A Carousel Built From Love
A former Calabasas Highlands resident built a miniature carousel on his property in the late 1990s. Credit April MacIntyre
There are so many intriguing hidden treasures in Calabasas thanks to some amazing trailheads that take you to creekside beaches and lush riparian landscapes that were produced by nature. But we also have some interesting man-made wonders that can make anyone passing by stop in their tracks to take a closer look.
One such random oddity of wonder in our city is a beautiful miniature carousel that stands in the heart of the Calabasas Highlands and was made by a former resident of the quaint neighborhood situated in the hills near Viewpoint School.
The carousel, which sits on the lawn of a home directly across from the half-acre Highlands Park, was built by Steve Grabell in the late 1990s as a desire to do something creative after retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department.
It was also a project that was inspired by the smile of a woman he adored, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times from 2000.
“I guess you could say I built the carousel for a smile,” the told the Times.
I have driven by this on numerous occasions, especially more recently as I head over to one of our listings in the Calabasas Highlands. I did not know the story about this but thought is was interesting and wanted to share it. The LA Times wrote an article about it years ago but I had not read it.
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