Woodland Hills is located in the southwestern area of the San Fernando Valley, east of Calabasas and west Tarzana. On the north, Woodland Hills is bordered by West Hills, Canoga Park, and Winnetka, and on the south by Topanga and Malibu. Woodland Hills’ real estate is a beautiful landscape, and just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. This area is one of the most desirable in Southern California to purchase a home for sale. This family friendly community, often known as one of the safest cities for its size in the nation, prides itself on family and tradition.
The area was inhabited for approximately 8,000 years by Native Americans of the Fernandeño-Tataviam and Chumash-Venturaño tribes that lived in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills and close to the Arroyo Calabasas (Calabasas Creek) tributary of the Los Angeles River in present-day Woodland Hills. The first Europeans to enter the San Fernando Valley were the Portola Expedition in 1769, exploring ‘Alta California’ for Spanish missions and settlements locations. Seeing it from present-day Sepulveda Pass, the oak savanna inspired them to call the area El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos (Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks).The Mission San Fernando Rey de España (Mission San Fernando) was established in 1797 and controlled the Valley’s land, including future Woodland Hills.
Ownership of the southern half of the valley, south of present-day Roscoe Boulevard from Toluca Lake to Woodland Hills, by Americans began in the 1860s. First Isaac Lankershim (as the “San Fernando Farm Homestead Association”) in 1869, then Isaac Lankershim’s son, James Boon Lankershim, and Isaac Newton Van Nuys (as the “Los Angeles Farm & Milling Company”) in 1873,and finally in the “biggest land transaction ever recorded in Los Angeles County” a syndicate led by Harry Chandler of the Los Angeles Times with Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Gen. Moses Sherman and others (as the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company) in 1910.
Victor Girard Kleinberger bought 2,886 acres (1,168 ha) in the area from Chandler’s group and founded the town of Girard in 1922. He sought to attract residents and businesses by developing an infrastructure, advertising in newspapers, and planting 120,000 trees. His 300 pepper trees formed a canopy over Canoga Ave. between Ventura Boulevard and Saltillo St. became Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #93 in 1972.The community of Girard was eventually incorporated into Los Angeles, and in 1945 it became known as Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills has a firmly subtropical mediterranean climate.
Within the San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills generally experiences some of the more extreme temperature changes season to season than other regions. During the summer, temperatures are often very hot, while during the winter, overnight temperatures are among the coldest of the region. On July 22, 2006, Woodland Hills recorded the highest temperature ever in Los Angeles County, hitting 119 °F (48 °C) at Pierce College. The climate is classified as a Csa in the Köppen climate classification, which is characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. This climate is often referred to as mediterranean. Precipitation in Woodland Hills averages much the same as most other regions of the west San Fernando Valley, although somewhat higher amounts of rainfall occur in the surrounding hills.
In 2008 the population of Woodland Hills was approximately 63,000. The median age in 2000 was 40, considered old when compared to other city and county jurisdictions.
As of the 2000 census, and according to the Los Angeles Almanac, there were 67,006 people and 29,119 households residing in Woodland Hills. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 79.90% White, 6.97% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.34% African American, 0.33% Native American, 4.80% from other races, and 4.52% from two or more races. 11.94% of the population were Hispanic of any race.
In population, it is one of the least dense neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and the percentage of white people is high for the county. The percentage of residents 25 and older with four-year college degrees is 47.0%, which was high for both the city and the county. The percentage of veterans, 10.7% of the population, was high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county overall. The percentage of veterans who served during World War II or Korea was among the county’s highest.
The 2008 Los Angeles Times’s “Mapping L.A.” project supplied these Woodland Hills neighborhood statistics: population: 59,661; median household income: $93,720. The Times said the latter figure was “high for the city of Los Angeles and high for the county.”
Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council is the local elected advisory body to the city of Los Angeles representing stakeholders in the Woodland Hills and Warner Center areas.
Los Angeles Fire Department Station 84 (Woodland Hills) and Station 105 (Woodland Hills) serve the community. The Los Angeles Police Department operates the newly built Topanga Division station in Canoga Park which provides service to the Woodland Hills area.
County, state and federal representation
The United States Postal Service Woodland Hills Post Office is located at 22121 Clarendon Street. The community’s postal codes are 91364, 91365, and 91367.
Primary and secondary schools
Public schools serving Woodland Hills are under the jurisdiction the Los Angeles Unified School District. Much of the area is within Board District 4.
Elementary schools include:
Calabash Street Elementary School
Lockhurst Elementary School
Serrania Elementary School
Woodlake Avenue Elementary School
Woodland Hills Elementary School
Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School
Calvert Street Elementary School
Middle schools include:
Woodland Hills Charter Academy (formerly known as Parkman Middle School) – The school opened in 1959 as “Parkman Junior High School.” It received its current name in 2006.
George Ellery Hale Charter Academy
High schools include:
El Camino Real High School
William Howard Taft High School
Henry David Thoreau Continuation High School
West Valley Occuptional Center, 6200 Winnetka Avenue
El Camino Real High School
William Howard Taft High School
Ingenium Charter School – Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
George Ellery Hale Charter Academy 6–8 grade
Chime Charter School K-8
Serrania Charter for Enriched Studies – K-5
Calvert School for Enriched Studies – K-5
The Alexandria Academy – secular school serving First through Twelfth Grade
Chaminade College Preparatory High School – Coed Marianist Catholic High School
Crespi Carmelite High School All Boys Catholic High School
Halsey Schools – 6 weeks – 6 years.
Louisville High School – All-female Catholic High School
St. Bernardine of Siena – preschool through Eighth Grade
St. Mel – preschool through Eighth Grade
Woodland Hills Private School – serving Preschool (starting at 2 years old) through Fifth Grade.
Lycée International de Los Angeles previously had a Woodland Hills campus, which had over 140 students as of 2001. This was in a public school building,rented from the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2001 LAUSD announced that it would not renew the lease.
Lycée Français de Los Angeles previously operated a San Fernando Valley campus in Woodland Hills, on the site of Platt Elementary School.
Colleges and universities
Colleges and universities in Woodland Hills include:
Los Angeles Pierce College (part of the Los Angeles Community College District)
The Los Angeles Public Library operates the Woodland Hills Branch Library (Ventura Boulevard) and the Platt Branch Library (Victory Boulevard) in Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills is home to the Woodland Hills Country Club, a private equity golf club. The country club is complete with golf course, fine dining, and entertainment options.
The Woodland Hills Recreation Center (Shoup Park) is a 19-acre (7.7 ha) park in Woodland Hills. The park has a small indoor gymnasium without weights and with a capacity of 300; it may be used as an auditorium. The park also has a lighted baseball diamond, outdoor lighted basketball courts, a children’s play area, a lighted football field, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.Woodland Hills Pool is an outdoor seasonal unheated swimming pool.
The Warner Center Park, also known as Warner Ranch Park, is located in Woodland Hills. The park, unstaffed and unlocked, has a children’s play area and picnic tables. Serrania Park in Woodland Hills is an unstaffed, unlocked pocket park. It has a children’s play area, hiking trails, and picnic tables. Alizondo Drive Park in Woodland Hills is an unstaffed, unlocked, and undeveloped park used for brush clearance once per year.
Along the western boundary of Woodland Hills is the large Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, a regional park with a trail network for miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian rides. The trailhead and parking are at the very western end of Victory Boulevard in Woodland Hills. Scheduled walks and programs are offered. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has various parks nearby to the south of the community. The Top of Topanga Overlook gives panoramic views of the verdant Woodland Hills neighborhoods and the Valley.
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