Calabasas at a Glance
This vibrant 12.9 square mile city is adjacent to open areas, studded with oak woodlands and graced by craggy mountain peaks. Indeed, the City of Calabasas calls itself "the gateway to the Santa Monica National Recreation Area." Its approximately 20,000 residents are generally young, well-educated, and affluent according to US 2000 Census figures. The Calabasas award-winning schools, part of the Las Virgenes School District, are a point of pride.
Nestled in the northern end of Los Angeles County, Calabasas boasts an enviable climate with an average annual rainfall of 13.6 inches, and winter average temperatures from the 40s to the 60s. Recreation abounds here, with hiking and mountain biking in the Santa Monicas, and Malibu Beach is just a short ride on Las Virgenes Road through the scenic Malibu Canyon. On your way, stop at Malibu Creek State Park, where MASH was filmed.
Calabasas is the quintessential California community with a colorful history which mirrors California's. The Chumash lived here, the Spanish explorer Portola camped here, and gunfights took place in on Calabasas Road, in Old Calabasas, which retains its 'Old West' flavor. There is a fascinating section on Calabasas history, with photos, on the City's Web site.