Ephemera shops, sidewalk tables at organic restaurants, and hillside hiking trails nestled in Topanga Canyon's wilderness.

Homeopaths, naturopaths, and individuals forging their own paths collide in Topanga's canyon. As flower children rally on the roadside and artists sequester themselves in hillside homes, creative endeavours seem to effortlessly spring forth in this distant-from-Downtown neighbourhood. Snack on local granola as you hike Topanga's trails and cruise its coastline—just don't expect to experience LA's other kind of wild side unless you have a car.

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On the Map

Topanga is bordered by Tarzana, Malibu, and Woodland Hills/Warner Centre

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 20 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 40 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 25 minutes by car
The Grove: 35 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Enchanted Seclusion In An All-Natural Neighbourhood

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Civil activists and roadside rallies take root in Topanga, an all-natural neighbourhood in rural LA.

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Wagon wheels and woodsy escapes rest against the neighbourhood's canyon backdrop.

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Residents rest against the backs of simple chairs.

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Dogs rest on their people.

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In Topanga, nature is your neighbour.

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It's your front lawn and your backyard.

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It's at your doorstep.

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In Topanga, nature is your best friend.

Topanga Canyon's Personal Business

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When it comes to commercialism, Topanga tends not to top the charts.

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Niche businesses that reflect the neighbourhood's created-in-seclusion attitude dot Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

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Thrift stores that attract treasure seekers from far-away locales and Balinese furniture warehouses that sell hard-to-find objects comprise Topanga's out-of-the-ordinary shopping options.

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Topanga's restaurants feature live music on the weekends while its patio spaces often host rehearsals, wedding showers, and ceremonies.

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It's hard to find a more ethereal setting for a special day.

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Sometimes, characters seek out Topanga explicitly for its seclusion. In 1950, Will Geer, the actor best known for his portrayal of Grandpa Walton in the TV show, "The Waltons," was blacklisted from Hollywood.

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He left the high-profile spotlight to build a botanical stage in the canyon. Around it, he cultivated a garden that features every flower ever mentioned in Shakespeare's plays.

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Between the Beach and the Mountains

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Topanga State Park is the largest state park inside a city's limits.

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Just north of Los Angeles, Topanga State Park promises over thirty miles of hillside trails and heavenward views.

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The neighbourhood stretches from mountainous clime to rocky coastline.

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In Topanga, you can access easily awe-inspiring biomes.

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Cabins, Shacks, and Canyon Homes

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The canyon's all-natural appeal lives in every garden, shingle, and stone chimney in Topanga.

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In any other neighbourhood, Topanga's bold residences might be making a statement.

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In Topanga, they simply fit in with their surroundings.

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They serve as the perfect hideouts for bearded artists and winsome writers.

Canvases In the Canyon

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Creative people nest underneath the rooftops of their canyon homes.

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Topanga's artists aren't reclusive, but they are often seclusive.

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Sometimes, stealing away is the simplest art form.

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Even their refuges encourage expression.

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Be still our beating heart.


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

Lauren Devon

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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 neighbourhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.