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Tarzana, Los Angeles

Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Boundaries of Tarzana as drawn by the Los Angeles Times
Boundaries of Tarzana as drawn by the Los Angeles Times
Tarzana is located in San Fernando Valley
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 91356, 91357
Area code(s) 818
Website Tarzana Neighborhood Council

Tarzana is an affluent, highly educated neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is a mostly residential community on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is named after Burroughs' storybook jungle character hero, Tarzan.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Boundaries 2.1
  • Population 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Education 5
    • Elementary and secondary schools 5.1
    • Postsecondary schools 5.2
    • Public libraries 5.3
  • Parks and recreation 6
  • Filming location 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The area now known as Tarzana was occupied in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries who established the San Fernando Mission. Later absorbed by Mexico, the land was ceded to the United States in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the Mexican-American War. Under US rule it evolved into a series of large cattle ranches owned by local elites. Investors took over in the 1870s, turning grazing into large-scale wheat farm operation.

The area was purchased in 1909 by the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. LA Times founder and publisher General Harrison Gray Otis invested in the company and also personally acquired 550 acres (2.2 km2) in the center of modern-day Tarzana.[1]

In February 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the popular Tarzan novels, arrived in California with his family, relocating from Oak Park, Illinois. He and his family had wintered in Southern California twice before, and he found the climate ideal. On March 1, Burroughs purchased Otis’s tract and established Tarzana Ranch.[2] Burroughs subdivided and sold the land for residential development with neighboring small farms following suit.



Tarzana, which measures 8.79 square miles, is bounded on the south by Topanga State Park, on the east by Encino, on the north by Reseda and on the west by Woodland Hills.[3][4][5]

Victory Boulevard marks the northern edge of the neighborhood, Lindley Avenue the eastern, Corbin Avenue, with a jog to Oakdale Avenue, the western, and Topanga State Park the southern.[4][6]


The U.S. census counted 35,502 people living in Tarzana in 2000, and Los Angeles estimated the neighborhood's population at 37,778 in 2008. There were 4,038 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities in the city.[4]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the racial composition was predominantly white (70.7%), followed by Asian (5%), and black or African American (3.6%). The Los Angeles Times considered the area as "moderately diverse". Thirty-five percent of the population was foreign-born. Iran (24.2%) and Mexico (12.1%) were the most common foreign places of birth.[4]

The percentage of divorced men and women was among the county's highest. Some 9% of the residents were military veterans, considered high for the city of Los Angeles. The percentages of residents aged 50 and older were among the county's highest. The median age, 38, was old when compared to the rest of the city and the county. The median household income in 2008 dollars was considered high, at $73,195.[4]

Notable people


A total of 40.3% of Tarzana residents aged 25 and older have earned a four-year degree. Percentages of those residents with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree are also high for the county.[4]

Elementary and secondary schools

Schools within Tarzana are:[6][17]

  • Gaspar de Portola Middle School, LAUSD, 18720 Linnet Street
  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (4-12), LAUSD alternative, 18605 Erwin Street
  • Vanalden Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 19019 Delano Street
  • Tarzana Elementary School, LAUSD, 5726 Topeka Drive
  • CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School, LAUSD charter, 19722 Collier Street
  • Wilbur Charter for Enriched Academics, LAUSD K–5, 5213 Crebs Avenue[18]
  • Nestle Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 5060 Nestle Avenue

Zoned high schools serving Tarzana include:

Private schools include:

Postsecondary schools

Public libraries

Encino-Tarzana Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library operates the Encino-Tarzana Branch on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.[20]

Parks and recreation

The Tarzana Recreation Center has a gymnasium that also is used as an auditorium; the building's capacity is 600. The park also has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.[21]

Filming location

  • Tarzana Armenian Deli in Tarzana was used as a location for the HBO TV show Six Feet Under.
  • Tarzana was the home of John Denver's character (Jerry Landers) in the 1977 film Oh, God!
  • Some episodes of A&Es Intervention TV series featured Tarzana Treatment Centers.

See also


  1. ^ Laura Pulido; Laura Barraclough; Wendy Cheng (24 March 2012). A People's Guide to Los Angeles. University of California Press. p. 324.  
  2. ^ Griffin, Scott Tracy (2012). Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration. Titan Books. pp. 276–278.  
  3. ^ [8] "San Fernando Valley", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times website
  4. ^ a b c d e f [9] "Tarzana" Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times website
  5. ^ [10] Bing maps
  6. ^ a b The Thomas Guide, 2006, pages 530 and 560]
  7. ^ a b Trulia (November 2014). "Iggy Azalea And Nick Young Buy Selena Gomez's Mansion".  
  8. ^ Cieply, Michael (18 April 2012). "Paul Thomas Anderson Film May Be About Scientology". The New York Times. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ [11] Celebrity Home Database
  11. ^ [12] according to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  12. ^
  13. ^ FUENTES, GABE (August 23, 1987). "Missing Man Is Accused of Murdering Wife". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  14. ^ NetworkA (15 January 2013). "Paul Rodriguez Life: The Other Half Ep. 5, Part 2" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  15. ^ McAlevey, Peter (1997-11-23). "King of 'The Jungle'; Jim Rome Turned Sports Talk Radio Into a Howard Stern-ish Free-for-All. Not Everyone Is Glad He Did.".  
  16. ^ Strauss, Bob (December 18, 2010). "'"Thousand Oaks teen Hailee Steinfeld earns nods for big role in 'True Grit.  
  17. ^ "Tarzana Schools", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  18. ^ [13]
  19. ^ "Birmingham Community Charter High School Renewal Charter Petition Submitted to the Los Angeles Unified School District October 29, 2013 For the term July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2019." (Archive) Los Angeles Unified School District.
  20. ^ "Encino - Tarzana Branch Library". Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  21. ^ "Tarzana Recreation Center". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
  22. ^

External links

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzana, California
  • , Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "[Tarzana:] A hilly haven in the jungles of the Valley" (29 Feb 2004)Los Angeles Times
  • [14] Tarzana crime map and statistics

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