Neighborhood Profile & Real Estate Information
Toluca Lake is an affluent neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Downtown. The name is also given to a private natural lake which is fed by the Los Angeles River and maintained by neighboring property owners. A small part of Toluca Lake spills over into nearby Burbank.
According to an analysis of the 2000 census data by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles section of Toluca Lake is an affluent, domestically stable, well-educated, older-aged, low-density neighborhood of the city.
The history of Toluca Lake can be traced back to the days of the Tongva Indians, followed by Spanish and Mexican occupation and development. It was part of the early rancho system and then it was later divided, with the neighborhood being known as Forman Toluca Ranch. In 1923, investors bought and developed the land as “Toluca Lake Park”.
In recent years the neighborhood has been the home of noted entertainment and other personalities and was the site of the wedding reception for Ronald and Nancy Reagan. More recently yet there has been opposition to a proposed development in North Hollywood by NBCUniversal and Thomas Properties Group.
Points of Interest:
Toluca Lake is known for a point of interest located in Burbank: a Bob’s Big Boy. The Burbank restaurant, a California Point of Historical Interest, is the oldest Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in America; it is just beyond the boundary of Toluca Lake and is often misidentified as being located there.
St. Charles Borromeo Church of North Hollywood is attended by various well-known Toluca Lake residents and has played host to several celebrity weddings and funerals, including the funerals of Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Choir director Paul Salamunovich was the former director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.