In Place: Toluca Lake

Embraced by Universal City, Studio City, North Hollywood and Burbank, Toluca Lake and its quiet suburban charm have been attracting stars since the movies first started to flourish. It was designed as LA’s first bedroom community in 1923 on the former site of peach, apple and walnut orchards. And from the day it emerged, celebrities from Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis to WC Fields and two of The Three Stooges rushed to claim the close-to-work neighborhood as their own.

Toluca Lake’s dazzling history of celebrity residents stretches from legends like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to current stars like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Sia, Meghan Trainor, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Dunst, and many well-known producers and writers. 

The most desirable properties in the neighborhood encircle the private natural lake, maintained by the 35 homeowners who enjoy private water privileges and a private park. Nearby you will find Lakeside Golf Club, approaching its 100th anniversary. These coveted homes don't come on the market often — "on average maybe one a year," says top Toluca Lake expert Craig Strong, Executive Director, Aaroe Estates. He’s representing one of them now, an enchanting 1938 lakeside dream by architect to the stars Paul Williams.

Though its main street, Riverside Drive, is being transformed by trendy shops and restaurants, Toluca Lake has been passionate about preserving its small-town suburban charm. That goes for the new homes that are enhancing the neighborhood’s timelessly appealing mix. While Craig Strong is representing the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, he’s also showcasing two new side-by-side Cape Cod style homes directly across from it on land previously owned by the Hopes. Set on Ledge Avenue, one of the most sought-after streets in Toluca Lake, both homes are designed for entertaining with deluxe media rooms … beautifully designed wine rooms … and stunning back yards with sparkling pools and spas, lush landscaping and outdoor fireplaces. Each has a chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and custom cabinetry, ready to prepare intimate or expansive menus for their owners’ star guest lists. See more here and here.

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