Woodland Hills is a district in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.
It is located in the southwestern area of the San Fernando Valley, northeast of Calabasas and west of Tarzana. To the north Woodland Hills is bordered by West Hills, Canoga Park, and Winnetka. Running east-west through the community is U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Freeway) and Ventura Boulevard, which starts in Woodland Hills and intersects Valley Circle Boulevard.
Little is known about the Chumash Indians, who were this community's earliest recorded settlers. When the first white men rode in with the Portola Expedition in 1769 to explore the beautiful hills and valleys, they encountered the Indians and called the area the Valley of the Oaks.
Victor Girard Kleinberger bought 2,886 acres (12 km²) in the area and founded the town of Girard in 1922. He sought to attract residents and businesses by developing an infrastructure, advertising in newspapers, and planting 120,000 trees. Although his early efforts were criticized as providing only dubious facade of economic activity (local lore has it that in order to attract development he erected false store fronts on Ventura Boulevard, for which he spent time in jail), the Girard Golf Course completed in 1925 continues to operate today as the Woodland Hills Country Club, and his scheme was ultimately successful in attracting interest in the community.
In 1941, the community was renamed Woodland Hills, an appropriate name owing to all the trees that Girard had planted years earlier. Harry Warner bought 1,100 acres (4.5 km²) in the area in the 1940s for a horse ranch. The modern Warner Center commercial zone is named for Harry and features high-rise buildings, hotels, and shopping centers. A major transit hub — the western end of the Orange Line — opened here in October 2005.
The population of Woodland Hills is approximately 70,000. The area is known around "The Valley" and is known as having the warmest weather in the City of Los Angeles.
Woodland Hills is often very hot during the summer. In July 2006, Woodland Hills recorded the highest temperature ever in Los Angeles County, hitting 119 °F (48 °C) at Los Angeles Pierce College. The climate is classified as a Csa in the Köppen climate classification, which is characterised by mild rainy winters and hot dry summers. This climate is often referred to as a Mediterranean climate. The precipitation of Woodland Hills ranges from 17-23 inches annually: the lower amount of annual rainfall is in the lower portions in the Valley, whereas the higher amounts are in the hills surrounding. Non-natural flora often grown in the area is typical of Mediterranean vegetation: citrus, lavender, rosemary, cypress and many others.
As of the 2000 census, and according to the Los Angeles Almanac there were 67,006 people and 29,119 households residing in Woodland Hills. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 79.90% White, 6.97% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.34% African American, 0.33% Native American, 4.80% from other races, and 4.52% from two or more races. 11.94% of the population were Hispanic of any race.
Median household income in 2000 was $72,568. Median home cost in Zip 91364 is (2007): $944,500 and cost of living in Zip 91364 is (2007): 76.26% higher than the U.S. average.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Woodland Hills neighborhood statistics: population: 59,661; median household income: $89,946.
Government and infrastructure
Los Angeles Fire Department Station 84 (Woodland Hills) and Station 105 (Woodland Hills) serve the community. Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby West Valley Community Police Station.
County, state, and federal representation
The United States Postal Service Woodland Hills Post Office is located at 22121 Clarendon Street.
Primary and secondary schools
Public schools serving Woodland Hills are under the jurisdiction the Los Angeles Unified School District. Much of the area is within Board District 4. As of 2008 Marlene Canter represents the district. Canter announced that she will not seek re-election after her term expires in June 2009.
Elementary schools include:
Middle schools include:
High schools include:
Colleges and universities
Colleges and universities in Woodland Hills include:
Notable natives and residents
- Robin Yount, baseball Hall of Famer, Milwaukee Brewers, graduated from William Howard Taft High School
- Jamal Anderson, NFL football player
- Jason Bateman, actor who played Michael Bluth on "Arrested Development"
- Captain Beefheart, musician, artist, born and raised in Glendale, California but resided in Woodland Hills in the late 1960s and 1970s
- Emmett Chapman, inventor of the Chapman Stick.
- Buddy Collette, legendary jazz multi-instrumentalist who was the first black musician to break the color line on television, on the Groucho Marx Show in the early 1950s.
- Hanshi Frank W Dux, conntroversial Ninjutsu master.
- Brad Garrett, actor who played Robert on "Everybody Loves Raymond"
- Brett Gurewitz, guitarist and songwriter for Bad Religion. Attended El Camino Real High School.
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse, actor in Superbad, attended El Camino Real High School
- Janel Moloney, actress on "The West Wing" attended El Camino Real High School
- Mark Saul, actor on "All That"
- Jan Smithers, actor on "WKRP in Cincinnati"
- Many Hollywood notables spent their later years at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.
- Buster Keaton, comedian and actor, during early '60s was the "honorary mayor of Woodland Hills"
- Ted Cassidy, actor who played Lurch on "The Addams Family" lived here until he died in 1979 (his ashes were supposedly buried in his yard)
- Joe Don Baker, actor
- Bobby Diamond, Los Angeles lawyer and former actor
- Lisa Kudrow, actress on "Friends" graduated from William Howard Taft High School
- Chad Muska, born in Lorain, Ohio and currently lives in Woodland Hills.
- Paige Hurd, actress who played Vanessa in "Beauty Shop"
- Sara Paxton, actress
- Eazy-E, hip hop artist. Attended William Howard Taft High School.
- Ice Cube, hip hop artist. Attended William Howard Taft High School.
- Everlast, singer, hip hop artist. Attended William Howard Taft High School.
- Wilmer Valderrama, actor. Attended William Howard Taft High School.
- William Smith, Musician. Band Creed Attended William Howard Taft High School.
- Asia Carrera, pornographic actress
- Rachel Starr, pornographic actress
- Dave Weckl, Musician
- Will Smith, actor, rapper
- Xzibit, hip hop artist
- Dr. Dre, hip hop artist/producer
- Angelo Moore, musician, lead singer of Fishbone, attended El Camino Real High School
- Jennifer Flavin- Model, wife of actor Sylvester Stalone Attended EL Camino Real High School
- Billy Zabka- actor who played bad guy in The Karate Kid - Attended El Camino Real High School
- Christopher Knight, actor "Peter Brady" on the Brady Bunch. Attended El Camino Real High School.
- Taylor Rain, pornstar, current resident
- DeForest Kelley, Actor, Best known for playing Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek
- America Ferrera, actress who plays Betty in "Ugly Betty" - Attended El Camino Real High School
- Kim Basinger, actress and model
- Telly Savalas, actor (Kojak)
- Greg Graffin, vocalist and co-founder of Bad Religion. Attended El Camino Real High School.
- Jay Bentley, bass guitarist and co-founder of Bad Religion. Attended El Camino Real High School.
- Nigel Olsson, Drummer and vocalist for the Elton John Band.
- John Mahon, Percussionist and vocalist for the Elton John Band.
- Regis Toomey, Actor
- Nick Hexum, lead singer of alternative band 311
- Ty Miller, Actor
- Yehuda Gilad, Professor of Clarinet, University of Southern California, one of the most famous and sought after teachers in the world.
- Noel Webb, Violinist, composer, and actor.
- Shamim Naghedi, Singer, songwriter and poet.
- Mike Dimkich, touring guitarist THE CULT
- Steve Smith, wide receiver, New York Giants, played collegiately at Univ. of Southern California.
- Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' Princess Leah, and her parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, lived in Forest Hills, a development in Woodland Hills.
- Jodie Foster, Academy Award winning actress, lived in Forest Hills, a development in Woodland Hills
- Samantha Potter, America's Next Top Model contestant, currently works at BJ's Brewery
- Freddy Rodriguez, famous for Six Feet Under and Ugly Betty, son currently attends Hale Middle School
- Kristen Stewart, portrayed the lead character, Bella Swan, in the film "Twilight"
- Cole Sprouse, Actor
- Dylan Sprouse, Actor
- Eric Iskowitz, neo-classical composer