For about 8,000 years , Native Americans of the Fernandeno-Tatavian and Chumash-Venturano tribes, lived on the land we now call Woodland Hills. In 1979, the first Europeans to explore the San Fernando Valley were the Portola Expedition. They came searching for Spanish missions and settlement locations. The oak filled valley inspired the Portola Expedition to call the area “Santa Catalina de Bononia Los Encinos” also known as “Valley of The Oaks” After multiple ownership and geographical changes , including the planting of some 120,000 trees in 1922, the community became known as Woodland Hills in 1945.
Many of the homes in Woodland HIlls cater to the homebuyer that is looking for more living space and higher rated schools than the more expensive and crowded areas in the eastern valley. Featuring an eclectic selection of home styles ranging charming 1950’s ranch style homes to large estate properties, Woodland Hills has many choices that cater to a variety of lifestyles.Many areas of Woodland Hills benefit from their close proximity and access to the Santa Monica mountains, Calabasas and beach cities.
One of the most popular and sought after neighborhoods in Woodland Hills, known as Walnut Acres, features many homes with lot sizes ranging from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet. These estate homes feature living space that ranges anywhere from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet. These homes are constructed in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles. Most Walnut Acres residents attend the El Camino Real Charter High School, a California distinguished school.
Another popular area just east of Walnut Acres is College Acres. Named after its close proximity to Pierce Community College. Known for its residents’ elaborate Christmas lighting displays also referred to as “Candy Cane Lane” during the holidays. College Acres is a quiet neighborhood of primarily single story ranch homes, and a close sense of community.
Many of the homes in Woodland Hills located south of Ventura Boulevard feature spectacular hillside vistas and have access to excellent schools. Some of these schools include the highly sought after Woodland Hills Elementary School.
With a Mediterranean climate, Woodland Hills is often very hot in the summer and gets cool during the winter season. In the fall months you experience the tree lines streets and avenues bursting in yellows and reds, making Woodland Hills an even more stunning city.
Shoup Park, also known as the Woodland Hills Recreation Center, is a park just short of 20 acres in Woodland Hills. Housing an indoor gymnasium that can accommodate 300 as an auditorium, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted basketball courts, football field, soccer field, and tennis courts, It also has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool making The Woodland Hills Recreation Center an athlete’s dream.