Cornell, Los Angeles County, California
|Country||United States of America|
|Elevation||240 m (787 ft)|
Cornell is an unincorporated community in the wine country area of the Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles County, California. It is located 5 miles west of Agoura Hills, California, about 2 miles east of Malibu, in the mountainous county area between Malibu and Agoura hills.
Cornell is a unique, picturesque neighborhood of homes along the scenic Mulholland Corridor. It is largely surrounded by protected open space and state park land, including Peter Strauss Ranch. Cornell is notable for its "tall trees" atmosphere among old-growth oak and pine, and for the many peacocks that roam this bucolic neighborhood, often perching on residents rooftops and balconies. Many homeowners have acreage and horses, and ride their horses down Waring Drive and up into the surrounding pristine hills, where there are numerous horse trails and hiking trails. The Tour de California bicycle race goes right through Cornell on Mulholland Highway, when the residents bring out their folding chairs and cheer the cyclists on.
A post office operated at Cornell from 1884 to 1904. The former post office was later turned into The Old Place Restaurant, now famous for its steaks, game, and charming, rustic-chic atmosphere. The Old Place Restaurant was  originally owned by Tom and Barbara Runyon, and frequented by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Jason Robards in the late 1960s. Movie and music world celebrities regularly turn up at The Old Place Restaurant, unannounced. (Thus the parade of limousines and Jaguars on weekends.) Next door to the restaurant (on Mulholland Highway) is the popular Cornell Winery and Tasting Room, as well as a French Antiques store. There is another wine tasting room, Sip It, half a mile away. The infamous Rock Store is also located in Cornell, over a mile down Mulholland Hwy. from the residential area.
Cornell can be reached most easily via Kanan Dume, from either Malibu (which is to Cornell's immediate West), as well as on Kanan from the 101 Fwy. in Agoura Hills, which is to Cornell's east. The more winding but scenic Mulholland Hwy. goes right through Cornell as well.
Cornell is a mountainous community sandwiched between Malibu and Agoura Hills. Residents note that their cable TV and refuse pickup come from Malibu; while their water and electricity come from Agoura Hills.
The town uses the Agoura Hills Zip code 91301.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cornell, Los Angeles County, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 367. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.