Calabasas Highlands is a small area that is friendly, and surround by outstanding views, and mountains. This area was created before Calabasas became a city, and therefore it is unique and much similar to homes located off of Mulholland Hwy than homes that are in gated communities. The homes are predominantly custom, with a few builders that built serveral blocks at a time. Some are two stories, some are three stories, some have steep hillsides behind them with views in the front, others have magnificent Warner Center Views off of every room, and some have no views or backyards at all.
Calabasas Highlands is a mountainous area with a stream very close by. It is next to a ton of open space, hiking trails, and walking areas that feel like your miles away from Los Angeles, and yet it is a two minute drive to Gelsons Market and Topanga Canyon for everything you want or need. It was originally created with most homes being built with septic systems, however in the nineties there were sewers installed. (FYI, not everyone is connected and it is one of the first questions a buyer should ask about if considering a purchase in the area.
According to the City of Calabasas Planning Department there is an agreement for water between the Las Virgenes Water District for the area. Another difference for much of this area, is it has many private roads, yet they are not gated, and the city cleans all the streets on a regular basis. The lots are predominantly small at approximately 5000-6000 square feet, and current law only allows homes of 2300 sf or smaller on a single lot. Double sized lots (10,000-13,000 sf) are allowed to be built up to 3500 sf under current building code. There are no sidewalks, but plenty of dogs being walked in the area. The area appeals to professionals, and others who love the mountains. It is very close to services, schools, and the beach. It is no more than 20-30 minutes to Malibu from this location. It is also easy to get to Topanga Canyon to go towards Santa Monica or the 101 Freeway if this a requirement for your commute. For many it’s a great fit, and an affordable entry point into the Calabasas Community & Las Virgenes School District.Keep in mind when valuing property, some of the land is owned but not developed. Therefore ensure you’ve researched the lots next to any home you may purchase. Two other interesting facts about the area is it has its own neighborhood (voluntary) association, and a small park at the Summit. As you can imagine, the area lends itself to very eco-friendly people and creative types who enjoy the feeling of being in the mountains and being able to quickly access Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Malibu when needed.