An Introduction to Hidden Hills, California

Hidden Hills is a gated community and incorporated city in the west San Fernando Valley. It was always intended to be a gated community to increase the safety and privacy of residents. It has a population of roughly two thousand people and borders Calabasas. The city is notable for being home to many celebrities.


Hidden Hills real estate is far more expensive than the rest of southern California. Homes here range from 2 to 22 million dollars. The most expensive home sold for more than 22 million dollars. It was a 7.4-acre property that had the distinction of being the largest in the city. Most properties cover one to two acres. The second largest property in Hidden Hills covers three acres.


Luxury homes in Hidden Hills CA tend to come with both a large lot and significant square footage. That means there are relatively few homes in the Hidden Hills area, since it only has 1.7 square miles of residential land. The area feels much more rural and open because it is bordered by the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. That park is laced with equestrian trails, and is popular with the many residents in Hidden Hills who own horses. The city has taken steps to preserve the open space by requiring at least two thirds of every lot to remain open.


Point Mugu State Park sits to the southwest of the town. That separates Hidden Hills from the Pacific Ocean. It is close to big city amenities thanks to its proximity to U.S Route 101, also known as Ventura Highway. This provides access to Thousand Oaks and Camarillo. Topanga State Park and other wilderness area make Hidden Hills and surrounding communities feel miles away from the Greater Los Angeles area.


It is this privacy, security, relative silence, and incredible views that makes Hidden Hills so popular with the rich and famous. That is why the average list price for Hidden Hills homes is between eight and nine million dollars. The average price per square foot is around a thousand dollars. It can be hard to find a home in this community because there are only about six hundred housing units here. That includes sprawling estates and small condos. The city has implemented building restrictions to prevent ostentatious McMansions and tract-style homes. For example, box-like contemporary homes are banned, though there are no other restrictions on architectural styles. Second floors cannot be more than half the size of the first floor.


This area has a median income of around two hundred thousand dollars a year, and more than ninety percent of residents own their home. There are very few vacant homes or vacant rental properties. Roughly half of households have children under the age of 18. Many move here because of the public elementary school within the Hidden Hills development. The area has a strong community spirit. They have barbecues in the summer, parades, and regular family activities. That makes it attractive to the wealthy who want to live in an upscale community but not isolate their children. There are many couples with and without children of all ages. On the flip side, there are very few elderly people here. (The median age here is 40.)

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