Canyon Living


Luxury mountain homeTopanga is a census-designated place in western Los Angeles County, California, USA. It is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Occupying Topanga Canyon, it is often referred to by that name. Topanga is bounded on three sides by State Park or conservancy lands, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean and a small strip of Malibu, which is the main community to the west. On the east is Pacific Palisades. Topanga had a population of 8,289 as of 2010. The ZIP code is 90290 and the area code is primarily 310, with 818 only at the north end of the canyon. It is in the 3rd County Supervisorial district.

Topanga Creek drains Topanga Canyon and is the third largest watershed entering the Santa Monica Bay. The creek is one of the few remaining undammed waterways in the area, and is a spawning ground for steelhead trout. The area typically receives about 22″ of rain annually. Topanga Beach lies on the coast at the outlet of Topanga Creek. Topanga Canyon Boulevard, State Route 27, is the principal thoroughfare, connecting the Ventura Freeway (US 101) with Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1). The southern portion of the boulevard largely follows Topanga Creek. North of the Old Topanga Canyon Road intersection, the boulevard traverses the Santa Monica Mountains.

mountain-luxury-homesTopanga Canyon contains lands of both Topanga State Park, which is the largest park in the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.


Famous Residents of Topanga

  • Devendra Banhart
  • Keith Carradine
  • Alice Cooper
  • Mick Fleetwood
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Taylor Hawkins
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Charles Manson
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Van Morrison
  • Gram Parsons
  • Billy Preston
  • Stephen Stills
  • Robin Williams
  • Neil Young

Topanga Arts Organizations and Venues

  • RedHanded
  • Topanga Artists Guild
  • Topanga Canyon Gallery
  • Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Restaurants, Food and Drinks in Topanga

  • Abuelita’s Restaurant
  • Cafe Mimosa
  • Canyon Bistro
  • Country Natural Food
  • Firmwood Market
  • The Inn of the Seventh Ray
  • Froggy’s Topanga Fish Market
  • Pat’s Topanga Grill
  • Rocky’s Pizzeria in the Canyon
  • Water Lily Cafe

Schools in the Topanga Area and District

  • Alice C. Stelle Middle School
  • Calabasas High School
  • Calvary Christian School
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles
  • Louisville High School
  • Marquez Avenue Elementary
  • Pepperdine University
  • Topanga Co-Op Preschool
  • Topanga Elementary Charter School
  • Topanga Montessori
  • Topanga School
  • Viewpoint School
  • Westside Waldorf School
  • Woodland Hills Elementary School

Local Topanga Canyon Traditions

  • Annual Dianic Tradition/ Winter Solstice Event
  • Annual Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio Tour
  • Topanga Days Country Fair
  • Topanga Earth Day

Real Estate Facts

  • Population: 24,851
  • Crime Index (measures violent crime reported – lower number is better): 3, approximately 90% lower than the LA County average
  • Academic Performance Index: 767, close to meeting the statewide target of 800

Facts pulled from: LA Life: Topanga Canyon Google Wikipedia

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