Valley Circle Estates, Woodland HillsNovember 6, 2014 by Gregory Corman
Situated in the eastern portion of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Woodland Hills is the community of Valley Circle Estates. This hillside residential communitywith stunning views of the San Fernando Valley and the surrounding mountains is considered to be one of the area’s most exclusive neighborhoods and is also one of the more recent real estate developments here.
Valley Circle Estates is adjacent to the large open space formerly known as Ahmanson Ranch. Encompassing 4,000 acres, the ranch has rolling hills, chaparral shrub forests, and nature trails that are overseen by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Neighboring communities include West Hills to the northeast and Hidden Hills to the south.
The Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve has its entrance called the Victory Trailhead found just outside Valley Circle Estates on the western end of Victory Avenue. The trail goes directly to Upper Las Virgenes Canyon, then heads to Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains further westward.
Aside from the Preserve, there are several other parks near Valley Circle Estates. Bell Canyon Park can be also accessed through the Victory Trailhead, while to its north lies El Escorpion Park and its familiar landmark called Castle Peak. Nearer Valley Circle Estates, one can also find Knapp Ranch Park with its outdoor sports facilities, tennis courts, and picnic areas.
Shop and Dine
There are three shopping centers near Valley Circle Estates that can all be accessed by passing eastward through Victory Blvd. The first is the Platt Village Shopping Center along Platt Avenue, then Fallbrook Center along Fallbrook Avenue, and finally the Westfield Topanga Mall along Topanga Canyon Blvd. Also to the south is The Commons at Calabasas, a high-end specialty retail center.
Single-family detached residences are mostly found in Valley Circle Estates, ranging from classic bungalows to grand custom homes and expansive properties neatly laid out on landscaped streets and cul-de-sacs.