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Over the past decade, Calabasas has gone from a sleepy suburban outpost to one of the most sought-after residential areas.

Thanks to some of its more famous celebrity residents from pop idols to reality TV personalities including Drake, Justin Beiber, and of course, The Kardashians. Located far away from paparazzi-filled hotspots like the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, this suburban family-friendly community in the San Fernando Valley offers spacious homes, plenty of green, and top-rated schools. It’s often compared to moving to New Jersey from the city, trading in prestige for space with a new money feel. It is also one of the safest cities in all of California with, as Grantland poignantly puts it, “IT’S WORST CRIME being boringly suburban.”

With only 25,000 residents, it’s location offers a great deal of privacy and a range of affordable single family homes to more lavish gated communities including Hidden Hills, one of the oldest gated communities in Southern California, designed and built by landscape architect A.E. Hanson. The houses are largely homogeneous with a Mediterranean architectural style.

In the 1920s, Calabasas was a popular filming location and resort town where studio heads and movie stars rented ranches for the summer. Now, the area offers dense suburban living with no shortage of community events, including the Calabasas Easter Egg-Stravaganza, the beloved Pumpkin Festival, and summer BBQs with marching bands galore. It is rated among the nation’s top school districts, with its largest being Agoura High School with approximately 2,400 students. The Calabasas Country Club welcomes avid golfers or those just learning the game, and there are several large shopping centers in the town center, including The Commons at Calabasas and The Summit at Calabasas, as well as a charming Old Town district. If you need some green, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails as well as larger parks including Juan Bautista de Anza Park, Calabasas Creekside Park, and Gates Canyon Park.

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