Topanga, often called Topanga Canyon, is an unincorporated community in the
Santa Monica Mountains and western
Los Angeles County. The community is surrounded on three sides by state parks or conservancy lands, and is north of the Pacific Ocean and
Malibu. It had a population of 8,289 as of the 2010 census. Topanga has a reputation for being a bohemian enclave and home to numerous artists, actors, and musicians.
History of Topanga
Topanga is a 180 year old community located in Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains section of western Los Angeles County. The canyon was slowly carved by Topanga Creek and its several tributaries which begin nearly ten miles from Santa Monica Bay at Topanga Summit. The earliest settlers were the Chumash People and the Tongva People.
Topanga Historical Society
The Topanga Historical Society was formed in 1974 by a group of dedicated local citizens for the purpose of collecting and preserving information, documents, photos, and other valuable memorabilia relating to Topanga and the surrounding area. The organization is governed by a board of directors which publishes a quarterly schedule of its programs which are free and open to the public.
Topanga Creek is a natural creek that drains Topanga Canyon into the
Santa Monica Bay or the Pacific Ocean.
Topanga Creek Watershed
The Topanga Creek Watershed is bounded by numerous ridge tops in
Topanga State Park, and the areas above Tuna Canyon in Malibu. It ends where Topanga Creek flows into the Santa Monica Bay at
Topanga State Beach.
Southern California Watersheds
A watershed is an area of land that collects water whenever it rains or snows and from irrigation. Through gravity, water channeled into soils, groundwater, creeks, and lakes, drain into larger bodies of water and eventually to the ocean. Due to the large volume of storm water, it cannot be treated before it reaches the ocean. Since we all live in a watershed, we can all help in keeping our area free of harmful chemicals and other waste.
Fritz and Alma Meier Nature Preserve
The 120 acre Fritz and Alma Meier Nature Preserve is immediately north of Red Rock Canyon Park in the Old Topanga Watershed area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The preserve includes large colored sandstone formations, lush vegetation, a year-round source of water, and lots of wildlife. A hiking trail runs through the nature preserve. Access is at the end of Zuniga Road in Topanga. The property was made available to the public through a generous gift from Fritz and Alma Meier.
Topanga Community Club
Topanga Community House
The Topanga Community Club (TCC), founded in 1949, is a non-profit, volunteer, membership organization that sponsors numerous community events throughout the year. The club facility is the Topanga Community House located on 12 acres in the community of Topanga. It is used by seniors, teens, the local chamber of commerce, the local historical society, the Topanga Symphony, and other local groups.
Summit Valley Edward D. Edelman Park
Summit Valley Edward D. Edelman Park is a 659 acre park and wildlife habitat located four miles north of the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Old Topanga Canyon Boulevard in the Santa Monica Mountains just north of Topanga and south of Woodland Hills. The park encompasses the headwaters of Topanga Creek and numerous trails available for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Theatricum Botanicum is a 299 seat privately owned open-air theater in Topanga Canyon, near Malibu and Santa Monica. The theater features Shakespeare, folk plays, poetry, and concerts. The theater is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Top of Topanga Overlook
The Top of Topanga Overlook in Topanga can be accessed off the east side of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, just south of
Woodland Hills, in Topanga. The overlook provides excellent views of the
San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica Mountains,
Santa Susana Mountains, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The overlook site is more than 9 acres and includes picnic areas, restroom facilities, and a parking area.
Tuna Canyon Park
Tuna Canyon Park is a 1,255 acre park and nature preserve in the western Santa Monica Mountains approximately two miles north of Malibu. The views from Tuna Canyon Park are fantastic and include the Santa Monica Bay east to the San Gabriel Mountains. Tuna Canyon Park links more than 18,000 acres of continuous, protected open space from Topanga State Park west to Las Flores Canyon. For access take Pacific Coast Highway, turn north on Topanga Canyon and then left on Fernwood Pacific Drive.
Topanga Chamber of Commerce
The Topanga Chamber of Commerce is a small chamber where members have a real opportunity to get to know each other. While the Topanga Chamber is located in the community of Topanga, there are many members from
Woodland Hills, and the
Conejo Valley. The Topanga Chamber holds monthly mixers and other networking opportunities.
Topanga Oaks is a small rural residential community in the Santa Monica Mountains located just south of Topanga and to the west of
Pacific Palisades and Topanga State Park.
Fernwood is a small rural residential community in the Santa Monica Mountains just south of Topanga and north of Malibu.
Sylvia Park is a small rural residential community in the Santa Monica Mountains located just northeast of Topanga and to the west of Pacific Palisades and Topanga State Park.
Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit
Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit was the 13,316-acre Spanish land grant given in 1804 to present day Los Angeles County that included Malibu, parts of Topanga, and a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. Adamson House, built in 1929, is a historic site in Malibu.
Topanga Real Estate
Homes in Topanga consist of both single family detached homes and attached homes that may be townhomes or stacked condominiums. Prices range from moderate to high depending upon the neighborhood. Our real estate agents and brokers can show you any homes listed for sale with any real estate brokerage firm.
The Topanga Library is an 11,048 square foot library operated by the County of Los Angeles Public Library. It includes both a children’s area and teen area.
Topanga Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains were home to the
as well as the Tongva Indians for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.
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