Folks in Calabasas like to think of their city as a mountain community, boasting a rustic, small-town feel with bold views of oak-covered hillsides and dramatic open skies.

Residents enjoy living in Calabasas because it is close to Los Angeles, without the the frenzied pace. The town’s location also offers quick proximity to the coast beaches that line Malibu and Topanga canyons.

Town fathers have kept a tight rein on growth since it incorporated in 1991. Despite the rural overtones, Calabasas features The Commons at Calabasas, a relatively new 200,000-square-foot shopping center with restaurants, retail and office space, a business park and a community center-health club. Eighteen publicly owned companies, including Countrywide Credit Industries, also have offices in Calabasas. In 2006, the town adopted one of the nation’s toughest nonsmoking ordinances, banning smoking in most outdoor public spaces.

Calabasas has also gone from 3 acres to 60 acres of city-owned parkland. Juan De Anza Park offers 200 acres of building and recreation space, and serves as the gateway to the 6,000-acre Malibu Creek State Park.

Calabasas has served as the set for many films and television series, including M*A*S*H. Its known for its annual Pumpkin Festival in October.

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