calabasas to chinatown

Malibu Hindu Temple

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1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

“Malibu Hindu Temple, a temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. Built in the traditional South Indian style, it is frequented by followers of Hinduism in Southern California. The priests are situated and live on the grounds of the temple. The temple has many gatherings for ceremonies, and provides numerous space for meditation, picnic, it has a full stage for special cultural and Hindu programs. The Hindu temple has two complexes – the upper complex with Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity and the lower complex with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. In addition to the presiding deity, both complexes have shrines for other deities."

King Gillette Ranch

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26800 West Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302

"One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch is situated in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, by the confluence of five major tributaries, and adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This scenic parkland at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley is a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. At the same time, it offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age."  This is also the location of the show "The Biggest Loser". While we were there, we did see people working out. 

Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Road,Calabasas, California 91302

"Leonis Adobe, built in 1844, is one of the oldest surviving private residences in Los Angeles County and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the San Fernando Valley. Located in what is now Calabasas,California, the adobe was occupied by the wealthy rancher, Miguel Leonis, until his death in 1889. Following Leonis' death, the property was the subject of a legal dispute between his common law wife, heirs, and a daughter born out of wedlock; the dispute lasted more than 15 years in the courts. In 1961, the adobe had fallen victim to vandalism, and its owner applied for a permit to raze the structure and erect a supermarket in its place. Preservationists succeeded in having the adobe declared a Historic-Cultural Landmark (the first structure in Los Angeles receiving the designation) in 1962. Leonis Adobe is also known as one of the most haunted sites in Los Angeles County. The adobe was restored and is operated as a living museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Placesin 1975." There is a $4 donation for people to go inside, so please keep that in mind prior to going. Parking on the street is located for free, and parking on the lot is also available at a small cost. 

The Commons at Calabasas

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4710 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302-3364

"The Commons at Calabasas is a crescent of high-end retail stores, restaurants and entertainment choices set against the hillsides of Calabasas, one of the wealthiest communities in California. The Commons at Calabasas is the most dominant retail center in the region. With this upscale shopping center, a town center was created where none had existed before. The developer provided urban amenities that encourage shoppers and residents to make it a destination, thereby “seeding” the Park Centre area for further development as a commercial and civic center. The Commons at Calabasas has free parking lot and numerous outdoor dining areas.”

The Commons at Calabasas is like a watered down of the Grove, with a more home town town center feeling. We did have lunch at Cafe Marmalade and it was quiet delicious, and we topped it off with a little bit of Thrifty Ice Cream from Rite Aid.

William Mulholland Memorial

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3264–3284 Riverside Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027

"The William Mulholland Memorial Fountain serves as a not-quite-legal wading pool for children and a photogenic backdrop for wedding parties. Motorists see it as they whiz past the entrance to Griffith Park at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. But few stop and walk around its 90-foot-diameter reflection pool, or know much about the man it honors. Water appropriately shoots up from this memorial to William Mulholland, the man who built a concrete and steel river through the Mojave Desert and brought water to L.A.'s doorstep. August 1 will mark the anniversary of the memorial's dedication. Growth--explosive and unending--was the fondest wish of many local businesspeople, land owners and other civic leaders in Mulholland's time. They realized by the 1890s that water--which until then had come exclusively from the Los Angeles River and local wells--limited further development.” -Glendale City College


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"Chinatown in Los Angeles, California is known as a commercial center for Chinese and other Asian businesses in Central Los Angeles. The area includes restaurants, shops and art galleries but also has a residential neighborhood with a low-income, aging population of about 10,000 residents. The original Chinatown developed in the late 19th century, but it was demolished to make room for Union Station, the city's major ground-transportation center.[1][2] A separate commercial center, known as "New Chinatown," opened for business in 1938. There are two schools and a branch library in Chinatown, as well as a city and a state park and a medical center/hospital. Many motion pictures have been filmed in the area.”

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