Toluca Lake

About Toluca Lake

p-TolucaLake-Est1923Historically the story of Toluca Lake is a long and colorful tapestry of events. Even The name Toluca, which means “fertile valley,” was the name of an ancient Tongva Indian village located on the Los Angeles River over 4,000 years ago. The village was a part of a larger village named Kawenga. If that name rings a bell, the Campo de Cahuenga, a historical site now located in Universal City, was where the treaty was signed between Mexico and California ending that war, giving America most of California.

Toluca Lake is situated in the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles. Only 12 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to movie studios, easily accessible to freeways, The Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and the beach cities. It is the also the name given to a private natural lake which is fed by the Los Angeles River and maintained by neighboring property owners. The Los Angeles portion of Toluca Lake is situated on 1.22 square miles of the southeastern San Fernando Valley. The Mapping L.A. section of the Los Angeles Times website describes it as bounded on the south by Universal City, on the west by Studio City, on the north by North Hollywood and on the east by the city of Burbank.

Offering a beautiful, quiet residential neighborhood, children living in Toluca Lake attend schools in the award-winning Los Angeles Unified School District. There are many colleges and universities within an easy drive of the community, including UCLA and USC. Griffith Park provides more than 4000 acres of open space. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at Griffith Park as are the Observatory and Planetarium. A merry-go-round, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and Travel Town are also located in the park. A number of LA County’s beaches, including eclectic Venice Beach, are a short drive away.

Familiar San Fernando Valley street & city names reference a storied history of powerful families names like Lankershim and Van Nuys to name a few.

The name Toluca as a regional designation was first used in the late 1800s. In 1869, Isaac Lankershim purchased a vast piece of property from Pio Pico, acquiring Pico’s share of a Mexican land grant for Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando.  After his death, his son J.B. Lankershim and his son-in-law Isaac Newton Van Nuys sub-divided the original Lankershim wheat empire into 12,000 acres on the east side of the family land. The original town site of Toluca at the eastern edge of the family’s vast holdings is now part of Toluca Lake. They subdivided the land into 10, 20, and 40-acre parcels, planted them out in stone fruit and walnuts and sold them as orchard farms. One purchaser was Gen. Charles Forman.  His ranch known for its crops of peaches, apples and walnuts was called Forman Toluca Ranch.Today’s Forman Avenue was the driveway to his ranch house.

A swan over rippled water…

In 1923, the developers who purchased Forman’s Toluca Ranch, dubbed their residential project “Toluca Lake Park”. And the beginnings of what would become the first “bedroom” community for Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley took hold. This project stalled & investors from nearby Hollywood who joined the project formed The Toluca Lake Company. The community name was shortened to Toluca Lake & throughout the Toluca Lake community signs were installed that featured the Toluca Lake Company logo; a swan over rippled water.

At one point Toluca Lake, the former Toluca, was renamed Lankershim and then renamed North Hollywood.  Movie studios were springing up and Universal, Warner Bros., Walt Disney all made their homes nearby. The studios, unwilling to abandon the now-glamorous name of “Hollywood”, had taken to calling the area “North Hollywood”.  Fearing they’d be left out of this new land boom, Lankershim residents voted to change their town’s name to “North Hollywood” in 1927.

Over time the original boundaries of Toluca Lake were expanded & are now associated with the Greater Toluca Lake area, including Toluca Lake, Toluca Woods, West Toluca Lake and Toluca Terrace.

Toluca Lake is best known as the home of several movie stars including screen legends Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, W. C. Fields, Moe Howard, Larry Fine (two of the Three Stooges) and The Little Rascals to name a few old times celebs.  To this day it is or previously has been the home of many current celebrities, musicians, singers and comedians.

It is also home to the first IHOP Restaurant and the original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant, which still serves as a carhop hangout for classic cars to this day and has been declared a State Pointe of Historical Interest.

The Lake:

p-toluca-lake-LakeThe historic natural lake Toluca Lake is a 6-acre body of water located near the district’s southeastern boundaries. Owned by the surrounding homeowners, the lake has been maintained by the Toluca Lake Property Owners Assoc established in 1934. The lake surrounded by private residences and the Lakeside Golf Club, is inaccessible to the public.

Latest Toluca Lake Homes To Hit The Market

This is a small 10 property snapshot of the latest homes to hit the market in Toluca Lake. To view more homes check out the list on the bottom or click here.

  1. 7 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 7,498 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,080 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,703 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,056 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,410 sq ft
  4. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,132 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,569 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,097 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,590 sqft
  6. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,921 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,955 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,793 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,359 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,707 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,179 sq ft
  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft

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Toluca Lake Real Estate Market Stats

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All Toluca Lake Properties Currently On The Market

  1. 7 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 7,498 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,080 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,703 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,056 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,410 sq ft
  4. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,132 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,569 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,097 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,590 sqft
  6. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,921 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,955 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,793 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,359 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,707 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,179 sq ft
  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
  11. 6 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 9,291 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,476 sqft
  12. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,154 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,320 sqft
  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,470 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,750 sqft
  14. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,254 sq ft
  15. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,115 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,215 sqft
  16. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,211 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,399 sqft
  17. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,034 sqft
  18. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,047 sq ft
  19. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,225 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,628 sqft
  20. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,937 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,621 sqft
  21. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,303 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,542 sqft
  22. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,364 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
  23. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,057 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
  24. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 4,743 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,471 sqft
  25. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,556 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,254 sqft
  26. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,872 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,700 sqft
  27. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,786 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,468 sqft
  28. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,611 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,824 sqft
  29. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 956 sq ft
  30. 5 beds, 8 full baths
    Home size: 7,545 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,098 sqft
  31. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 4,275 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,521 sqft
  32. 8 beds, 8 full baths
    Home size: 14,876 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.60 ac

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Homes Sold In Toluca Lake

  1. 5 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 10,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,704 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 4,761 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,787 sqft
  3. 9 beds, 3 full, 5 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,868 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,289 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,426 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,257 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,746 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,011 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,153 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,211 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 three-quarter, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,292 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,878 sqft
  8. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,630 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,613 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 3,406 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,915 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,318 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,374 sqft
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 3,393 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,722 sqft
  12. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Lot size: 27,906 sqft
  13. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,086 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,156 sqft
  14. 4 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 5,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,049 sqft
  15. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,229 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,655 sqft
  16. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,081 sqft
  17. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 3,467 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,502 sqft
  18. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,736 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,860 sqft
  19. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,362 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,063 sqft
  20. 3 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 3,383 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,152 sqft
  21. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,145 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,510 sqft
  22. 4 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,555 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,614 sqft
  23. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,242 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,093 sqft
  24. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,556 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,124 sqft
  25. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,252 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,504 sqft
  26. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,998 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,022 sqft
  27. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 three-quarter, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,249 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,606 sqft
  28. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,322 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,829 sqft
  29. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 2,563 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,306 sqft
  30. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,849 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,914 sqft
  31. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,941 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,369 sqft
  32. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,317 sqft
  33. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,032 sqft
  34. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,039 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,808 sqft
  35. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,150 sqft
  36. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,591 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,001 sqft
  37. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,130 sqft
  38. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,803 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,606 sqft
  39. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,763 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,381 sqft
  40. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,386 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,641 sqft
  41. 3 beds, 1 full, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,585 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,893 sqft
  42. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter, 2 half, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 4,019 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,968 sqft
  43. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,760 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,997 sqft
  44. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,557 sqft
  45. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,534 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,669 sqft
  46. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,251 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,590 sqft
  47. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 2,052 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,032 sqft
  48. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,616 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,253 sqft
  49. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,346 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,167 sqft
  50. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,462 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,251 sqft

See all City of Toluca Lake Property Listings.
(all data current as of 5/7/2016)

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