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Celebrities | love San Fernando Valley

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After the depression, horse racing grew in popularity among the public.  Just an hour from the race tracks in Inglewood and Arcadia, the Valley drew many celebrities into horse breeding, or at least having a ranch. The San Fernando Valley became lined with thousands of miles of white fences in the bucolic ’40s and ’50s.


Old Hollywood

Horse Ranches

The last of the Horse Ranches sold off to developers

Roy Rogers – Encino and Chatsworth

Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys and Dale Evans, Queen of the Cowgirls were the 1st Couple of Chatsworth 

Watch an old Roy and Dale movie “San Fernando Valley”

Val Kilmer grew up in Roy Rogers’ house

Old Hollywood stars who lived in Chatsworth

Lucille Ball – Desilu Ranch at Devonshire/Corbin

Barbara Stanwyck Northridge Marwyk/Oakridge Estate Reseda/Devonshire

Mae West – Rayen Street North Hills? Mae West Ranch; She owned 1o acres in Valleywood that her father and sister lived on, raising trotter horses in 1935. In 1938 she bought fifty acres in El Tono Estates, which was either in today’s Tarzana, Canoga Park, West Hills or Woodland Hills.

Francis Lederer’s stable                                                                                                                                                                                              L.A. Cultural Monument #135                                                                                                                                                                       23130 Sherman Way                                                                                                                                                                                                  West Hills 91307                                                                                                                                                                                             Phone: (818) 610-3228                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The film star was honorary mayor of Canoga Park for 25 years.


Clark Gable – Shadow Ranch/Encino



Bob Hope – Toluca Lake and real estate holdings

Bing Crosby/Andy Griffith Toluca Lake



Richard Pryor  Northridge

The Brady Bunch House

The Jacksons – Hayvenhurst, Encino

Frank Sinatra Farralone House  Chatsworth


Jonas Brothers Toluca Lake

Nicole Eggert Encino

For decades, there were just two high schools — Van Nuys and Canoga Park. The famous celebrities who attended Van Nuys.  Marilyn Monroe

Sally Field attended Birmingham High School, Van Nuys.

The famous celebrities who attended Canoga Park High School.

Bryan Cranston

Rap started at Taft High School, Woodland Hills? – SW SFV


“The hillside communities in the Valley offer exclusive, executive housing with stunning views. The homes on the “valley” side of the Santa Monicas do not get the ocean or downtown views but they do get sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the lights of the valley floor at night are amazing (on clear nights). These areas are somewhat removed from the spotlight of Beverly Hills or the Hollywood Hills. So I think some entertainment industry folks like the valley because they feel somewhat removed from the buzz of LA, yet are only a short drive away to the studios (many of which are located in the valley).”

This excerpt and more are from:


Calabasas is the new Hollywood

The Kardashians

Will Smith


Miley Cyrus Hidden Hills