The Guide to Woodland Hills

Upscale, lush, green and a great place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and update your wardrobe

Woodland Hills is an upscale neighborhood located on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley of northern Los Angeles. Woodland Hills is bordered by Calabasas, Tarzana, Topanga and is a short hop from the famous beaches of Malibu. It's lush, green and a great place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and update your wardrobe. Whether your interest is shopping or the outdoors, Woodland Hills has activities and attractions that can provide a fun, entertaining experience. On Ventura Boulevard there are lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music, making Woodland Hills a unique, vibrant destination in the Valley.

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Westfield Topanga & The Village

Westfield Topanga

For shopping, join the celebrities and locals who love the Westfield Topanga mall. In fact, don’t be surprised if you run into a reality star or two while you’re riding the merry go round or browsing the nearly 300 shops. The Westfield Topanga mall and Westfield Promenade are a shopper's dream, and will soon combine to form the largest shopping mall in California.

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Preserve
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Preserve | Photo: Mad Peruvian Media, Flickr

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

For more active pursuits, the hiking in this area is epic. Head over to the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve, which spans nearly 3,000 acres. The preserve has several hiking trails that take you through rolling hills and let you experience scenic vistas. If hiking is not your thing, you can picnic among shady oaks or enjoy mountain biking.

Top of Topanga Overlook | Photo Courtesy of Snap Man, Flickr

Top of Topanga Overlook

High above the San Fernando Valley, the Top of Topanga Overlook provides breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains and the San Fernando Valley below. The overlook is also a great place to have a picnic, and is surrounded by native plants and flowers. At night, you can see the sparkling city lights and take in an unforgettable vista.

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center | Photo: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center

Orcutt Ranch, or Rancho Sombra del Roble, is a historical ranch centered around the home of oil pioneer W.W. Orcutt. You can take a walk through the Orcutt Ranch gardens with its citrus orchards and 700-year-old oak trees. The Orcutt residence is an architectural masterpiece that blends Spanish Colonial Revival with Mission Revival style.

Dirty Bull Tavern in Woodland Hills
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Dirty Bull Tavern

Grab a cold brew, catch a sporting event or play a game of darts at Dirty Bull Tavern on Ventura Boulevard. The Dirty Bull Tavern prides itself on its full bar, which features over 40 beers on tap. The generous daily happy hour offers great prices like $3 select beers and $10 pitchers of Budweiser and Bud Light.

White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills
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White Harte Pub

The White Harte Pub is an authentic British gastropub on Ventura Boulevard. In addition to its selection of beers, wines, and cocktails, White Harte features a menu of hearty British and American fare. You'll immediately notice the vibrant and friendly crowd - especially if during a soccer game. For darts, food, and drinks the White Harte Pub is a great place to hang out.