Tarzana, Los Angeles

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Tarzana, Los Angeles
Mulholland Park Gate in 2007.
Mulholland Park Gate in 2007.
Boundaries of Tarzana as drawn by the Los Angeles Times
Boundaries of Tarzana as drawn by the Los Angeles Times
Tarzana, Los Angeles is located in San Fernando Valley
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Tarzana, Los Angeles is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Tarzana, Los Angeles (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
Tarzana, Los Angeles is located in California
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Tarzana, Los Angeles
Tarzana, Los Angeles (California)
Coordinates: 34°10′24″N 118°33′11″W / 34.17333°N 118.55306°W / 34.17333; -118.55306
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Named forTarzan
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
91356, 91357, 91335
Area code(s)747 and 818
WebsiteTarzana Neighborhood Council

Tarzana /tɑːrˈzænə/ is a suburban neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is named after Burroughs' fictional jungle hero, Tarzan.[1]

Newspaper advertisement for sale of hogs, 1921


The area now known as Tarzana was occupied in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries who established the San Fernando Mission. Later absorbed by Mexico, the land was surrendered to the United States in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the Mexican–American War. Under US rule it evolved into a series of large cattle ranches. Investors took over in the 1870s, turning grazing into large-scale wheat farm operation.

The area was purchased in 1909 by the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. LA Times founder and publisher General Harrison Gray Otis invested in the company and also personally acquired 550 acres (2.2 km2) in the center of modern-day Tarzana.[2]

In February 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the popular Tarzan novels, arrived in California with his family, relocating from Oak Park, Illinois. He and his family had wintered in Southern California twice before, and he found the climate ideal. On March 1, Burroughs purchased Otis's tract and established Tarzana Ranch.[3] Burroughs subdivided and sold the land for residential development with neighboring small farms following suit.



Tarzana, which measures 8.79 square miles (22.8 km2), is bounded on the south by Topanga State Park, on the east by Encino, on the north by Reseda and on the west by Woodland Hills.[4][5][6]

Victory Boulevard marks the northern edge of the neighborhood, Lindley Avenue the eastern, Corbin Avenue, with a jog to Oakdale Avenue, the western, and Topanga State Park the southern.[5][7]


Tarzana experiences a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Due to its inland location, there is a higher degree of diurnal temperature variation than more coastal areas of Los Angeles.

Climate data for Tarzana, Los Angeles
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 67
Average low °F (°C) 41
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.02
Source: [8]


The U.S. census counted 35,502 people living in Tarzana in 2000, and Los Angeles estimated the neighborhood's population at 37,778 in 2008. There were 4,038 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities in the city.[5]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the racial composition was predominantly white (70.7%), followed by Asian (5%), and black or African American (3.6%). The Los Angeles Times considered the area as "moderately diverse". 35.1% of the population was foreign-born, with Iranian (10.3%) and Russian (9.1%) as the most common ancestries. Iran (24.2%) and Mexico (12.1%) were the most common foreign places of birth.[5]

The percentage of divorced men and women was among the county's highest. Some 9% of the residents were military veterans, considered high for the city of Los Angeles. The percentages of residents aged 50 and older were among the county's highest. The median age, 38, was old when compared to the rest of the city and the county. The median household income in 2008 dollars was considered high, at $73,195.[5]

Notable people[edit]


A total of 40.3% of Tarzana residents aged 25 and older have earned a four-year degree. Percentages of those residents with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree are also high for the county.[5]

Elementary and secondary schools[edit]

Schools within Tarzana are:[7][40]

  • Gaspar de Portola Middle School, LAUSD, 18720 Linnet Street
  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (4–12), LAUSD alternative, 18605 Erwin Street
  • Vanalden Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 19019 Delano Street
  • Tarzana Elementary School, LAUSD, 5726 Topeka Drive
  • CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School, LAUSD charter, 19722 Collier Street
  • Wilbur Charter for Enriched Academics, LAUSD K–5, 5213 Crebs Avenue[41]
  • Nestle Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 5060 Nestle Avenue

Zoned high schools serving Tarzana include:

Private schools include:

Postsecondary schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

Encino-Tarzana Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2008

The Los Angeles Public Library operates the Encino-Tarzana Branch on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.[43]

Recreation and parks[edit]

The Tarzana Recreation Center has a gymnasium that also is used as an auditorium; the building's capacity is 600. The park also has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.[44]

Caballero Canyon, located on the north side of the Santa Monica mountains in Tarzana offers multiple trails for hiking, mountain biking and unobstructed views of the San Fernando Valley. There is a 3.6 mile loop trail located here that is moderately trafficked and allows dogs on a leash. At the top of the trail hikers and mountain bikers will see signs leading the entrance of Topanga State Park. There are no fees or permits required to hike Caballero Canyon.[45]


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Coordinates: 34°10′24″N 118°33′11″W / 34.17333°N 118.55306°W / 34.17333; -118.55306