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Old 01-03-2020, 12:28 AM
 
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I think it might be one of the best, if not the best, value neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You get the benefits of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Woodland Hills while not paying the Brentwood / Palisades price tag. Take this house for example. You get a great elementary school from Woodland Hills and a great High school from Pacific Palisades. Sure the middle school leaves much to be desired, but you have to make compromises. A house like this would easily cost 2 times as much is Pali / Brentwood.

Getting to Pali high school isn't that bad, especially if you have period 0. Also this house in particular is very close to woodland hills so getting out of Topanga to go shopping or whatever is easy. Even though the commute here from school is longer, if I had a family I would much rather live here than squeeze my family into a 2 bedroom condo at Pali / Brentwood.

So why isn't Topanga talked about more when it's in opinion one of the highest value neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The only other comparable neighborhood is culver city which has a better middle school, but not as good as a high school, and I personally think a superior high school is better than a superior middle school.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:29 PM
 
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If you are someone who perhaps works from home and doesn't need to travel far, and/or just want to be in a quiet place with privacy that is away from hustle and bustle, Topanga could be a good option. I'd say that's also why there are a number of musicians and actors who've lived there over the years that prefer a more rustic environment so to speak.

As far as the downside, Topanga especially now is a big fire risk area, and you pretty much have only one winding road (Topanga Canyon) to get out to either the coast or to the Valley. I think that's a red flag to a lot of people. Plus, having to drive a winding road that is not well lit at night, especially if you're feeling tired late at night, is no fun.

Plus, most people want the convenience of having various grocery stores and other amenities within 5-10 minutes driving distance. From Topanga, it would take 15-20 minutes just to get to Woodland Hills or Malibu. With the exception of a couple general stores / markets, a few cafes, and a couple shops, there really isn't much in Topanga.

Topanga has attractive value for the small percentage of people that would actually find it appealing based on a fairly specific set of criteria.
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:10 PM
 
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I think it might be one of the best, if not the best, value neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You get the benefits of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Woodland Hills while not paying the Brentwood / Palisades price tag. Take this house for example. ...

That's not a typical Topanga house. That house is in the "Top O' Topanga" community. The houses are crammed close together, and I don't think you own the land. The land is owned by the HOA. That's why the house is cheap.

It's like a condo association, with the land held in common. But with individual houses, instead of individual units in one building.
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Old 01-03-2020, 02:04 PM
 
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That's not a typical Topanga house. That house is in the "Top O' Topanga" community. The houses are crammed close together, and I don't think you own the land. The land is owned by the HOA. That's why the house is cheap.

It's like a condo association, with the land held in common. But with individual houses, instead of individual units in one building.
Also, I believe that they are all manufactured homes rather than stick built. I could be wrong. I did one up there about 10-15 years ago.
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Old 01-03-2020, 02:43 PM
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625 hoa isn't a good value on a SFH in basically woodland hills.
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:24 PM
 
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I think it might be one of the best, if not the best, value neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You get the benefits of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Woodland Hills while not paying the Brentwood / Palisades price tag. Take this house for example. You get a great elementary school from Woodland Hills and a great High school from Pacific Palisades. Sure the middle school leaves much to be desired, but you have to make compromises. A house like this would easily cost 2 times as much is Pali / Brentwood.

Getting to Pali high school isn't that bad, especially if you have period 0. Also this house in particular is very close to woodland hills so getting out of Topanga to go shopping or whatever is easy. Even though the commute here from school is longer, if I had a family I would much rather live here than squeeze my family into a 2 bedroom condo at Pali / Brentwood.

So why isn't Topanga talked about more when it's in opinion one of the highest value neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The only other comparable neighborhood is culver city which has a better middle school, but not as good as a high school, and I personally think a superior high school is better than a superior middle school.
And now the secret is out. I hope you invested in the nabe first.
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Also, I believe that they are all manufactured homes rather than stick built. I could be wrong. I did one up there about 10-15 years ago.
I know all the older homes built up there are manufactured homes.

The one the OP linked was built in 2004. Not sure if the newer ones like that are wood framed or manufactured.

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Old 01-06-2020, 02:07 PM
 
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Topanga has a lot of charm, a lot of history, but it's not very practical for a family with kids. We looked into it and settled in a Calabasas rental (close to Agoura). Then Woolsey happened. Our neighborhood was spared, as flames scorched the hills across the street.

Topanga is wild, untamed. It has narrow, winding roads that lead up to beautiful views. But you're thankful your car didn't go off the edge on the way up.

I could not get my kids to school from Topanga. They would be homeschooled. We would have to work from home or have a very flexible day.

Most homes are old and require renovation. But to some that means charm, uniqueness.
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Old 01-07-2020, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Why isn't Topanga talked about more?

So why isn't Topanga talked about more when it's in opinion one of the highest value neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
My guess is that people dont want to live up there with all the wizards, witches, sorcerers, occult members, scientologists, and Jacksons (Jermain and Marlon) who call Topanga home.
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Westlake Village Ca
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Im from Topanga originally. I grew up there ... yeah the neighbors can be kind of weird and kooky at times. I had a bad experience growing up there as kid with crazy neighbors. I don't want to go into detail but it wasn't good. Malibu in the mountain areas is better in my opinion its less crowded than Topanga and the people that live there aren't as creepy also there is more space for wildlife because it's farther away from the city.

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