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The Horse Community of Hidden Hills is nestled between the western foothills of the San Fernando
Valley in Los Angeles County, at the Ventura County line.
The nearly 2,000 residents enjoy a rural, country way of life that has nearly vanished from
Southern California. The pastoral setting is highlighted by the absence of sidewalks and street lights and by the
presence of horses, llamas, ostriches, and the occasional cow. The deep setbacks, white three-rail fences, corrals,
barns, natural rustic equestrian trails tell visitors that Hidden Hills is a truly special place to live.
Hidden Hills is governed by two separate entities: the City of Hidden Hills and the Hidden Hills
Community Association. The Association is responsible for reviewing and approving construction on or modification
of any of the 648 home sites and for maintaining all of the common areas, which include six miles of roads, three
guard houses, 25 miles of bridle trails, three community riding arenas, four tennis courts, a competition-size
pool, recreation center, and a state-of-the-art, 99-seat performing arts/movie theater.
The community has a strong back to nature attitude, with horse trails throughout the neighborhoods, not to mention
the occasional coyote and snake in the backyard. Houses are large, but most aren’t overwhelming. On weekends,
children set up lemonade stands on the corners.
Hidden Hills is the most exclusive, priciest community in the San Fernando Valley, home to celebrities and CEO’s, a
place where a house that sells for $2 million is considered a fixer-upper.
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