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Homebuying in Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA

Experience a relaxed urban community in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Melissa Rae Sanger

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8/10/2022 · 5 min read

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In 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the popular Tarzan of the Apes, purchased 550 acres of land in the San Fernando Valley, divided it, then sold it for residential development. Today, that area is the heart of Tarzana. Nestled close to the Santa Monica mountains, the neighborhood is known for its blue skies and panoramic views. The upscale community also boasts plenty of shopping and fine dining opportunities, blending the urban with the rustic so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Latest homes for sale in Tarzana, CA

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    $4,395,000

    • 5 br
    • 5.5 ba
    • 5391 sqft
    5142 Calvin Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
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    $4,295,000

    • 5 br
    • 7 ba
    • 5289 sqft
    19200 Rosita St, Tarzana, CA 91356
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    $1,795,000

    • 4 br
    • 2 ba
    • 2948 sqft
    19626 Weeburn Ln, Tarzana, CA 91356
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    $2,499,000

    • 4 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2844 sqft
    4641 Caritina Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356
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    $3,174,000

    • 5 br
    • 3.5 ba
    • 7159 sqft
    4651 Ellenita Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
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    $3,750,000

    • 5 br
    • 4.5 ba
    • 5747 sqft
    4029 Clarinda Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356

Look & feel 

The housing market

$1879k

6%

Median Home Price

$678

9%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

21

-5%

Average Monthly Home Sales

House prices have been on the rise since early 2020

Home prices in the area have escalated since the beginning of the pandemic. With fewer houses on the market than people wishing to relocate, housing prices continue to skyrocket.

Mid-century architecture is popular in the area, and The Triangle House is a perfect example of the style’s appeal. Situated between two hills, the house features a wall of windows that makes it feel like you’re sitting in a tree house. Most homes with mid-century modern architecture focus on simplicity and unification with nature, and a scan of the market in Tarzana reveals several for sale in the area.

Who lives in Tarzana?

30,690

Population

44

Median Age

140,814

Family Median Income

Tarzana is a fantastic location for medical professionals 

Nearly 40% of area residents have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is high for the county. Young professionals make up a lot of the demographic, with many working in the medical field. Medical assistant, pharmacy technician, and registered nurse are the most prevalent jobs in the area, which makes sense, since there are so many medical facilities nearby.

It’s a great place for retirees

More than one-quarter of Tarzana residents are aged 50 or older. With the moderate climate, a plethora of shops and restaurants, and spectacular views, Tarzana is an ideal place for older adults to live.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 53; walk score 54

Caballero Canyon has picturesque walking trails 

Though residents can take care of a few errands on foot, most will require a car. For those who enjoy walking for recreation, Tarzana is home to the Caballero Canyon walking trail, a gorgeous, somewhat challenging 5.1-mile hike. On average, walkers complete the trail in two hours, 23 minutes.

Caballero Canyon is fabulous for cycling, too 

The weather in southern California is perfect for cycling, and enthusiasts have many trails to choose from. A favorite route among locals is to ride from Caballero Canyon to Mulholland, take in the views, and then head in either direction to discover more great trails.

Public transportation

Services offered in Tarzana

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Bus: Metro

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Rail: Metrolink

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EV Charging: ChargeHub

Transit improvements on the way

Most Tarzana residents depend on a car, as accessing public transportation takes extra effort. However, LA’s Metro system is planning improvements to the bus line as well as a light rail extension into the east San Fernando Valley. 

Car sharing is easy, affordable and convenient

For locals who don't have a car, Getaround provides car-sharing services (for a fee). It's as easy as booking a nearby vehicle and picking it up when convenient, making it a user-friendly option.

Animals & pets 

Dogs in Tarzana are treated like royalty 

There are many dog-friendly restaurants in the area. K9s Only right in Tarzana is an all-inclusive facility that offers training, a dog hotel, doggie daycare, and even a spa and wellness center that features a saltwater pool, aquatic therapy, and massages, all for dogs! 

3 things to know before buying a home in Tarzana, according to locals

1. You won't have to travel far to shop

Shopping in Tarzana is convenient, with a variety of shopping centers and markets available for residents. 

2. It’s got an urban vibe

Tarzana is quite developed with a density of houses, commercial buildings, and roads and around 3,830 people per square mile. Still, because of its proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains, it’s more tranquil than some of the other metropolitan communities in the area.

3. The neighborhood is close to freeways

Whether heading to the city for work or a fun day on the town, Tarzana is located near the freeway. This means that residents can get to Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica or many other locations with relative ease. However, Los Angeles traffic is infamous, so all commuters should plan to hit some city traffic.

The top 4 things to do in Tarzana

1. Play, dine, and socialize at the Braemar Country Club

An upscale destination, the Braemar Country Club offers world-class, resort-style amenities to create a first-class experience. Members enjoy “fun, friendly, inclusive” activities where there’s something for everyone. With golf, tennis, and fitness facilities, an exceptional dining program, and a social calendar full of enjoyable activities for adults and children alike, this is a place where neighbors come to visit, relax and create lifelong memories.

2. Savor the glorious views at the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park

This rare treasure, named after environmentalist Marvin Braude Mulholland, boasts 1,500 acres of breathtaking splendor and offers some of the area's most uncomplicated terrain for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Here, magnificent greenery and lush trails offer a unique kind of natural beauty.

3. Shoot some hoops at the Tarzana Recreation Center

Families love the Tarzana Recreation Center. It has a variety of classes and programs for people of all ages. Whether you’re in the mood to play a game of baseball or basketball, exercise in the indoor gym, take the kids to the play area, or sit back and relax at one of the many picnic tables, this recreation center is the place to be.  

4. Pig out on pancakes at Cici's Cafe

In the mood for breakfast? CiCi’s is a must for pancake connoisseurs. Recognized for its massive selection of the breakfast favorite, there are 80 tasty varieties for diners to choose from. Described by abc7 LA as “so worth the wait,” diners have time to scan the 30-page menu while waiting to be seated.

Continue exploring the LA area

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Melissa Rae SangerAuthor

Melissa is a freelance writer, copy editor, and licensed veterinary technician. In addition to Opendoor, her work has been published in betterpet, Rover, PawTracks, and Blissmark. She has three beautiful daughters, three rescue dogs, and a delightful starling. In her spare time, she loves to sew, garden, and create healthy vegetarian recipes.

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Stefan FagerholmReviewer

Stefan Fagerholm is the owner of LifeHacksLA, a brand that includes a large Instagram following, a weekly blog and podcast and a private meetup club all dedicated to sharing the best experiences in LA. Stefan and his family are currently enjoying the South Bay Bubble and living in the Rancho Palos Verdes area.

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