In my last post I talked about how so many celebrities love living in Toluca Lake. The list is long and impressive. Since the 1930, celebrities have called Toluca Lake home. One of the very first residents of Toluca was Amelia Earhart and soon after Bob Hope, one of the biggest celebrities at that time followed. Ever since then, celebrities have called Toluca Lake home. There are several reasons why. First is that Toluca Lake has a bit of anonymity to it. Its a very small area that is literally tucked away between Hollywood, Burbank, Universal City and North Hollywood. It has only 3 points of entrance. Its back side is sealed off by its local golf course facing the Hollywood hills. Traffic hardly flows thru Toluca Like other high end cites such as Beverly Hills. Beverly Drive is a zoo during rush hour. Also, for some reason, very few people had heard of Toluca Lake. So when people went celebrity searching, they never would even consider going to Toluca Lake cause they had never even heard of it. There is also another very interesting reason why Celebrities privacy is excellent in Toluca Lake. Well actually 2 reasons. One is that most of them actually live on the lake. So there isn’t a back yard with an alley way for someone to walk thru and snoop around. Its a private lake that is only open to the residents that live on it. Another is that the residents on the lake are very aware of the local celebrities and they are actually very adamant in helping them maintain there privacy. They actively help in deterring anyone who is not a resident on the lake form snooping around. Especially for celebrities.
So there is the excellent privacy that a lot of celebrities just can’t get anywhere. Another reason is its unique amenities. One obviously is the lake. It offers one of the best picturesque backyard views in all of Los Angeles. Another is that Toluca Lake has its very own private Country Club and Golf Course literally within walking distance. What celebrity wouldn’t want to have that?
Just to give you an idea of the caliber of celebrities that have graced the neighborhood of Toluca Lake, here is partial list:
Richard Arlen, W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Ann Blyth, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Mary Astor. The next generation were Zazu Pitts, Ruby Keeler, Wayne Morris, Frank McHugh and Rudy Valle. Then came Gene Autry, Jimmy Brown, Keeley Smith, Dana Andrews, William Holden, Jack Carson, Dorothy Lamour, Doris Day, Red Foxx, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson, Wendell Niles, Sr., Audie Murphy, Jim Nabors, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, David Janssen and Tex Ritter. Then John Ritter, Joe Campanella, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Andy Griffith, Jonathan Winters, Mala Powers, Ken Berry, Jackie Joseph, Goldie Hawn, Denver Pyle, Garry Marshall, Paul Henning, Roger Perry and JoAnn Worley, James Garner, Angela Cartwright, Clint Howard, Donny and Marie Osmond, Robert Fuller, John Davidson, Linda Henning, Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Dudley Moore, Alan Thicke, Swoosie Kurtz, Denzel Washington, Andy Garcia and others.