The Mulwood community is located in eastern Calabasas at the entrance to the beautiful and wild Santa Monica Mountains and its hundreds of miles of hiking trails and open space. The area boasts three of the finest schools in the prestigious Las Virgenes Unified School District: Chaparral Elementary School, Alice C. Stelle Middle School, and Calabasas High School. Mulwood is a neighborhood where children still walk to school!
Recreational opportunities abound for children, families, and athletic individuals. Bicyclists, runners and walkers meander along the scenic Mulholland Highway, which begins its picturesque route in Mulwood. Our local schools offer park and recreation services through the City of Calabasas. Chaparral Elementary School is made available as a park during non-school hours until dusk, and Alice C. Stelle Middle School has a variety of after school and weekend recreational programs like youth basketball and soccer. Wild Walnut Park is located at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Canyon and provides a place for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. Across the street from Wild Walnut is the environmental education and land trust organization, the Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT). The MRT provides a wide range of outdoor education programs and camps for students year-round.
A number of convenient businesses are located in the Gelson’s Shopping Center including the fine grocery store, a bank, pharmacy, postal service, veterinarian, karate program, children’s music program, a photo development and frame shop, card store, yoga program, spa, a dry cleaners, and a gas station.
SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Successfully advocated for an agreement between the City of Calabasas and the LVUSD to provide park services at Chaparral Elementary School during non-school hours.
2. Provided input to the LVUSD to ensure design, construction and operation of Alice C. Stelle Middle School became an asset to the Mulwood community; Interface with City staff and elected officials on an ongoing basis to improve traffic problems.
3. Advocated for landscaping improvements on the median along Mulholland Highway near Alice C. Stelle Middle School.
5. Provide a forum for candidates running for office to meet Mulwood residents and respond to their concerns.
6. Provide a graffiti-free neighborhood by providing a hotline (818-222-0441) for immediate removal.
7. Member of the Las Virgenes Federation, a consortium of local homeowner associations that ensures balanced growth in the Santa Monica Mountains.
8. Publish a quarterly newsletter which gives updates on issues of concern to Mulwood homeowners.
Fifty Years Ago in Mulwood
By Bette Bross
Fifty years ago our house was at the corner of Paul Revere Drive and Magna Carta Road. There was a big hill of rocks, sandstone, and granite that was one-and-a-half telephone poles higher than Paul Revere Drive, which ended one lot farther west than the back of our house. I wanted to be sure that hill would be taken down before a hard rain, and it all came down into my back yard, into my house, and out the front patio.
Before I signed for our home, I drove to L.A. City Hall and looked at the street blueprints. I found out that this hill would come down and Paul Revere Drive would continue on to the west connecting with the “bird streets.” These street drawings also showed that Paul Revere Drive would go east of Mulholland Highway and join up with Topanga Canyon Boulevard just north of the trailer park. The connection to Topanga was never completed for reasons unknown.
When one turned off Mulholland Drive onto Mulholland Highway, there was a brown stone water fountain. When this fountain was operating it was very attractive. But some pranksters would come by and dump soap flakes into this fountain, making the fountain look like it was full of snow. After this prank was repeated several times, the developers drained the fountain, filled it with dirt and planted a plant or two!
Since outside developers wanted to come in and build various structures for commercial enterprises which were not in the best interest of the homeowners, this situation resulted in the homeowners joining together and forming the Mulwood Homeowners Association.
The last house north on Mulholland Highway is now boarded up. It used to have several peacocks. The males thought they owned the highway. They would strut their stuff with their feathers spread out, which were five times taller than their bodies. At night when it was quiet they would let out a horrible sound. It could be heard several blocks away. This was very annoying.
I hope you had a good summer.
Mulholland Highway Scenic Corridor Completion Project Under Way
By Emma Wilby
The City of Calabasas is working on the design of the final phase of the Mulholland Scenic Corridor from Paul Revere Drive to Mulholland Drive, with input from the community workshop held in May 2012. The design is 60% complete and construction is expected to begin in summer of 2013 after school is out.
The addition of landscaping on both sides of the highway and in medians will be a significant visual improvement. A landscaped median will be added between Freedom Drive and Parched Drive, and the median in front of Gelson’s will be extended approximately 100 feet toward Freedom Drive. The middle school drop off/pick up areas and left turn access lane into the school will be unchanged.
Between Paul Revere and the City limit, there will be one 12-foot through lane and a 5-foot bikeway in each direction, with turn pockets at intersections. From Freedom to Mulholland Drive, the current northbound lane will be widened to give a 12-foot lane, a 5-foot bikeway, and a new sidewalk. This involves removing about 15 feet of the hillside, which is in LA City, and adding retaining walls. This will necessitate permits from LA City.
The pedestrian crossing of Mulholland Highway at Freedom Drive will be improved by landscaping the sidewalks, which will make Mulholland Highway narrower, and will create a “refuge” area between traffic directions. The City may recommend a smart crosswalk for pedestrians, similar to that at Eddingham.