Like its name implies, Burbank’s Rancho District is a horse-friendly kind of place with a small-town, country feel. It boasts properties with barns, tree-lined streets and approximately 54 miles of riding trails. It is also close to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Another big plus? Homeowners can easily access Griffith Park, which contains even more miles of riding trails across its sprawling 4,800 acres. The Rancho District’s low-key, rustic vibe is something that the community cherishes and has, in fact, fought hard to maintain. Over the years, community members have prevented at least two large chain grocery stores from developing in the area.
But reality lingers just outside the borders of the Rancho District. This community actually sits just north of the 134 Freeway and downtown Los Angeles, and it’s also situated very close to the Warner Bros and Disney studios and the headquarters for two TV networks. This intersection between pastoral living and the movie industry has resulted in at least one famous resident calling the Rancho District home — Mr. Ed, the “talking horse” once lived here.
It has also meant that the residents of Rancho District can enjoy both quiet country living, as well as all of the amenities and conveniences of a big city. In fact, KCET.org describes the Rancho District as “Country Life in the Big City.”
Most of the approximately 900 homes in the Rancho District were built during the 1940s and 1950s. These houses are on the small size, approximately 1,200 to 1,400 square feet, but are well maintained. For equestrians interested in living in this neighborhood, it’s not so much the size the home that matters. It’s more about the lots that are large enough to contain barns and turnouts for horses.
This neighborhood — which is roughly bordered by Keystone Street on the west, Alameda Avenue on the north, Griffith Park to its south and Victory Boulevard to the east — is also known for its tight-knit community. Residents tend to stay in place in this special and unique community. And houses that do go on the market usually sell quickly.
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