In 1797, missionaries and Spanish settlers created the town that is now known as Tarzana. The city really experienced its biggest growth though from a ranch that was owned and operated by the famed writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. He named the community after his character Tarzan. After several years of escaping to the area to escape winter temperatures, he decided that the area was better for him and his family. In 1919, he purchased a large plot of land and then further subdivided it to create Tarzana as it is known today. Through the years, this affluent community has grown into a special enclave for those fortunate enough to call it home.
At 8.79 square miles, this small town has the benefit of a small community of 35,000 residents combined with the conveniences of a nearby metropolitan area. Nestled in the San Fernando Valley, the nearby Topanga State Park offers many opportunities to enjoy nature and exercise. Also, the town’s local park offers a baseball diamond, indoor and outdoor basketball facilities and play areas for children.
As with many smaller communities in and around the Los Angeles area, there are a number of actors, singers and professional athletes who reside here. Several movies have been filmed in the area, as well. Most notably, the Karate Kid and the HBO television show “Six Feet Under” were filmed in Tarzana. These shows and the Edgar Rice Burroughs have brought this town some fame but it is still a place where residents can enjoy beautiful scenery and small town, albeit, upscale living.
For those families with students, there is a robust educational system. Also, the Lycee International de Los Angeles has a campus here. As a nonprofit enterprise, they provide dual immersion French programs for students in the area. For future filmmakers, the Columbia College Hollywood provides opportunities to study with some of the best directors, writers and producers in the field. As the former Panavision headquarters, the students have the opportunity to access professional sound studios, viewing rooms and state of the art classrooms while learning from professionals who have worked in every aspect of film and media production.
For those fortunate enough to call Southern California home, they know that there is no shortage of shopping and dining opportunities. If you can dream it, it is within reach. From New York style bistros to haute Asian cuisine, the dining opportunities will satisfy everyone’s desires. Boutiques and local shops provide luxury goods to residents. Residents proudly say that they have the best of it all – great food, great weather, sporting opportunities and the convenience of a smaller town. If you need to “get away from it all” though, Los Angeles is just moments away. That is the convenience of living near but not in a large city.
Small towns and quiet neighborhoods may not be for everyone. The slower pace just doesn’t suit every lifestyle. For those looking for an upscale lifestyle in a warm climate, Tarzana fills the bill. Those that find themselves in Tarzana often cannot imagine leaving.
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