Twelve miles north of downtown is the very small, very sought after bedroom community known as Toluca Lake. Don’t expect to see the actual lake just driving through the area though. You’ll need to join the Lakeside Golf Club which abuts the south shore, or make friends with someone who lives in one of thirty-three homes that surround the rest of the bucolic body of water.
Most everyone in Toluca Lake’s 1.2 square miles is connected to the busy entertainment industry, so it’s no surprise they gravitated to the area’s serene, idyllic lifestyle. In December, Toluca Lake’s Chamber of Commerce go full force festive with a charming Holiday Open House on Riverside Drive. Santa Claus always stops by in a horse-drawn carriage while residents pop in and out of local merchants storefronts as a 20 piece ukulele ensemble’s dulcet tones fill the air.
GRV LOCAL EATS
PROSECCO TRATTORIA(10144 RIVERSIDE DR.)
Immerse yourself in the beautiful murals and gorgeous décor while eating an exquisite Italian meal to match. Get the fine dining experience without the fine dining price.
CASCABEL (10717 RIVERSIDE DR.)
Who doesn’t love Tapas? This hip Mexican gem serves some savory meals with artsy aesthetics. They have a huge selection of creative and tasty margaritas. Give your Mexican a touch of modern.
THE RUSTIC SPOON (4384 LANKERSHIM BLVD.)
This is the spot to get Asian fusion. Enjoy a medley of Thai and Vietnamese recipes in mouth-watering entrées. They have become notorious for their super-scrumptious Pho.
Toluca Lake doesn’t have a lot of moving inventory, so if you do move, plan to stay a while. Homes are nice here.
Toluca Lake ES (8/10)