Toluca Lake

This northwest LA neighborhood blends classy, kitschy, and good old-fashioned family fun.

Private estates shake hands with milkshake-serving diners in Toluca Lake. An endearingly kitschy mix of contemporary refinement and nostalgic entertainment, this northwest LA neighborhood trades the glitz of nearby Hollywood for the good family values of the 50's. Tucked into the San Fernando Valley, Toluca Lake's residential streets remain quiet even when Riverside Drive buzzes as the night begins. Navigating Toluca Lake is easy with a car—take a spin in an antique Ford and you'll fit right in.

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On the Map

Toluca Lake is bordered by Valley Village, Studio City, North Hollywood, and Burbank

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 1 hour & 45 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 30 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

Serene and Sentimental In LA's Northwest Suburb

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What was once a ranch known for its peach, apple, and walnut orchards transformed into Toluca Lake, a nostalgic neighborhood in northwest LA.

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Tranquil and friendly, this San Fernando Valley neighborhood nestles between North Hollywood and Burbank.

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Its quiet residential streets and small-town atmosphere encourage slow-paced living despite its proximity to high-action destinations like Hollywood.

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Known for its All-American 50's-era ambiance, nostalgia rolls through Toluca Lake on four wheels.

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A great location...close to Universal and all the studios, Equestrian Center, Hollywood sign, Griffith Park, LA Zoo, Trader Joes, Bob's Big Boy, boutiques of Toluca Lake... The neighborhood is quiet and serene, and just a few blocks away, sits the Chandler Path for walking, biking, rollerblading into Burbank."

Diners and Drive-Thrus

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Anchored by the nation's original Bob's Big Boy burger joint, Toluca Lake embraces its nostalgic reputation.

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The home of the double deck hamburger hosts an antique car show every Friday night.

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MIlkshakes from the tin, spinning chairs, and counter-top bell service still do the twist in Toluca Lake.

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While some sentimental establishments look the part, others simply embrace the sweetness of the past.

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The face of the corner baker has changed.

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The excitement surrounding freshly baked cookies remains the same.

Modern Day Eats

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Not every dining establishment carries an air of 50's whimsy. Priscilla’s opened in a converted 1919 brick gas station over 30 years ago.

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The coffee house remains a local staple.

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Cocktail bars, sushi restaurants, Mexican food hotspots, and trendy destinations pepper Toluca Lake's culinary landscape.

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Pristine Toluca Lake is the Beverly Hills of North Hollywood and has a safe neighborhood community. If you want to attend some sit-coms or be part of a live studio audience there are many talk shows in walking distance."

Boutique Ideals In Toluca Lake

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Toluca Lake mixes its nostalgia with contemporary crispness.

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Its jewelry shops, beauty stores, and stationary-makers adhere to clean boutique ideals.

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Handwritten cards are the best cards.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.

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