Tarzana is an affluent neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, about 18 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. The city is named after the storybook character hero Tarzan from a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs who had owned a ranch there. The southern border of Tarzana overlaps the Topanga State park, with Woodland Hills to the west, Reseda to the north, and Encino to the east. Other nearby neighborhoods are Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Winnetka, Brentwood, and Warner Center. For a period of time the area was part of Mexico, but in 1848 the land was ceded to the U.S. as a result of the Mexican-American war. During the 1870’s the land was used for wheat farming until around 1910 when it was purchased by the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. In 1919, Edgar Burroughs purchased a large tract of land and built a home, naming the area Tarzana Ranch. Residential development continued as Burroughs subdivided his property and sold it, as did the farmers who owned the surrounding land. In the 1960’s the idea for a Tarzan museum was rejects by the cities leaders who felt no one would visit it and there is little public recognition of Tarzana’s connection to Edgar Rice Burroughs and one of the best known characters in literature. Many streets wind and twist ending in cul-de-sacs that add to a sense of privacy and peacefulness. The city has a rural feeling but is crossed by the 101 which allows easy access to the rest of Los Angeles. Many of the homes are the original houses built in the ranch style, but there are also condominiums and apartments.
Today, residents will find a variety of retail businesses particularly along Ventura Blvd. such as furniture, restaurants, clothing, fashion, hair salons, medical, legal, and auto repair just to name a few. There are 7 public and private schools within Tarzana, and several others in adjacent neighborhoods serving the city, as well as a public library that offers classes and activities for children. The Tarzana Recreation Center offers a gymnasium that doubles as an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts. Also within Tarzana area are the Corbin Canyon Park and two private country clubs.
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