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Posted by David Salmanson on October 10, 2021

Hidden Hills is a luxury community located in Calabasas, CA. It is home to many actors and celebrities. Gated and secure, with easy freeway access and close to shopping and entertainment. It is located just minutes away from top schools within the Las Virgenes School District, the Calabasas Commons and adjacent to the beautiful Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail.

The city’s 2,000 residents enjoy a city that has preserved a country way of life that has nearly vanished from the surrounding communities of Southern California. Its bucolic atmosphere is enhanced by its absence of sidewalks and street lights and its presence of white three-rail fences and bridle trails.

The community was designed and developed in the 1950s by A.E. Hanson, a renowned Southern California landscape architect and planned community developer. His earlier projects included Rolling Hills and Palos Verdes Estates, and the 1920s Beverly Hills Harold Lloyd Estate ‘Greenacres.’ It is a gated residential community with a total all land area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2). An elementary school the Round Meadow Elementary is publicly accessible at one of the three gates to the community. The city has a summer camp for children, community and children’s theatre programs, annual parades, carnivals, parties, welcome wagon, snow days, and weekly community-wide barbecues all summer long.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Hidden Hills had a population of 1,856. The population density was 1,099.1 people per square mile (424.4/km²). The racial makeup of Hidden Hills was 1,713 (92.3%) White (87.4% Non-Hispanic White), 37 (2.0%) African American, 3 (0.2%) Native American, 42 (2.3%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 30 (1.6%) from other races, and 30 (1.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 123 persons (6.6%).

The Census reported that 1,856 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized. There were 593 households, out of which 269 (45.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 453 (76.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 40 (6.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 24 (4.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 9 (1.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 6 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 61 households (10.3%) were made up of individuals and 39 (6.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13. There were 517 families (87.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.30.

The population was spread out with 531 people (28.6%) under the age of 18, 125 people (6.7%) aged 18 to 24, 245 people (13.2%) aged 25 to 44, 660 people (35.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 295 people (15.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.8 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males. There were 626 housing units at an average density of 370.7 per square mile (143.1/km²), of which 552 (93.1%) were owner-occupied, and 41 (6.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.7%. 1,743 people (93.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 113 people (6.1%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Hidden Hills has a median household income of $203,199. No families and none of the population were below the poverty line.

The City Council is composed of five members elected at large on a non-partisan basis to serve four year overlapping terms. Municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd numbered years.

The Mayor is selected by the City Council, from one of its members, for a one year term and serves as the official representative of the City. The Mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings and executes legal instruments and documents. However, the Mayor is not vested with administrative authority.

Read More about the City Council on the Hidden Hills Website .

In the California State Legislature, Hidden Hills is located within the 27th Senate District, represented by Democrat Henry Stern, and in the 45th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jesse Gabriel.

In the United States House of Representatives, Hidden Hills is located within California’s 30th congressional district, represented by Democrat Brad Sherman.

Hidden Hills has traditionally been won by Republican candidates for public office. However, the 2016 United States Presidential election represented a substantial swing toward the Democratic Party in Hidden Hills, with Hillary Clinton carrying the town.

There are many celebrities and notable people living in Hidden Hills. Some of the Hidden Hills residents include:

Hidden Hills residents are zoned to schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The district also serves the nearby communities of Agoura Hills, Bell Canyon, and Calabasas, and certain smaller areas. Calabasas High School is a part of the district.

Hidden Hills is served by Arthur E. Wright Middle School, located on Las Virgenes Road

The city elementary school is Round Meadow Elementary which is located at one of the city gates.

Brandon’s Village

Brandon’s Village is a public playground located at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas. It serves over 5,000 special-needs children from Calabasas and surrounding communities. Designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, Brandon’s Village is about 1 acre (4,000 m2) in size. Its playground equipment is over 70% independently playable by children with disabilities, and also provides meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for children without disabilities.

Hindu temple

The large Malibu Hindu Temple, located on Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, is visited by many Hindus and others from both in and outside California. The Hindu Temple Society of Southern California was incorporated in the State of California as a nonprofit religious organization on August 18, 1977.

Civic center

In July 2008, the city completed construction of a Gold LEED-certified Civic Center and Library complex. Located at 100 Civic Center Way, the two-building complex is the first municipal-owned and -constructed ‘green’ civic center structure in California. The complex cost an estimated $45,000,000 to complete. This figure includes the outright purchase of the land on which the complex sits.

The Civic Center complex contains: the Calabasas Library, meeting rooms, and an amphitheater, and the Calabasas Channel (CTV).

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