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Neighborhood Spotlight: LA's Outpost Estates

Written by Kelly Weimert on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 11:05am.

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Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Outpost Estates is a Los Angeles neighborhood bordered by Mulholland Dr., Franklin Canyon, Runyon Canyon Park, and Cahuenga Boulevard.

In 1853, Don Tomas Urquidez built a three-room adobe house on the site where the neighborhood is now located. Soon after, General Harrison Grey Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times and veteran of the Spanish-American War, purchased the property from Urquidez. Otis built a clubhouse on his newly acquired property that he designed for entertaining and dubbed “The Outpost.” 

Charles E. Toberman acquired the property in 1924 and spent the next 20 years developing it as a luxury residential neighborhood. Toberman required that all residences on the property be built using Spanish or Mediterranean styles, resulting in a swath of gorgeous homes featuring red tile roofs and plenty of outdoor living space. Toberman also updated the area with ornamental street lights, concrete roads and sidewalks, and underground utilities, which were very much a novelty at the time. 

Outpost Estates
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To further establish the neighborhood, Toberman added a massive “Outpost” sign in red neon letters 30 feet above the area. At the time, it was the largest neon sign in the country. Toberman’s efforts were ultimately successful in drawing many affluent and prominent families to the area. 

Thanks to its wealthy residences, Outpost Estates was able to withstand the Great Depression and continued to attract national attention for its high construction standards and commitment to preserving the area’s natural beauty. Toberman went on to develop several other tracts to meet the rising demand, this time allowing for steel houses to be built alongside the Mediterranean and Spanish homes. 

By the 1960s, the neighborhood was still thriving but the community's adherence to Toberman’s strict building standards became more lax. Therefore, the State of California incorporated the Outpost Homeowners Association as a nonprofit organization in an effort to preserve and maintain the original charm of the neighborhood. 

Outpost Estates Los Angeles Spanish Home
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Today, Outpost Estates boasts over 450 high-end, single-family homes, many of which have been meticulously restored and thoughtfully renovated to retain their original architectural details. The neighborhood is also in close proximity to a variety of attractions, including art museums and theaters, four farmers’ markets, diverse local restaurants, and the 130-acre city park, Runyon Canyon. 


If you’re interested in calling this historic neighborhood home, check out the houses for sale in and around Outpost Estates.  

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