We’ve lived in the Toluca Lake area for seven years. We love literally everything about it. I’m from Minnesota originally, and Toluca Lake reminds me more of the best of Minneapolis than anyplace else in L.A. Leslie is from Encino and has been visiting Toluca Lake since she was a little kid. We spent years hoping we’d be in a position to move here one day. The streets are beautiful, the neighbors are friendly and there for each other; it’s the best place we’ve ever called home.
Now, I’ve moved my office to our front step, so from a safe social distance, I can still see the world outside. At first Leslie was a little annoyed that my furniture does not even remotely match the house … and she still is, but she likes sitting here just as much as I do. We’ll find something that matches.
Also, we go for lots of walks with our dog, Tallulah, pull the cats (Zelda and Lou) out of the tree out front every 20 or so minutes and are finally riding the Peloton bike the way we said we would when we bought it two years ago.
We’ve known for a long time about the closeness of this community, but now we see people checking in on each other, letting one another know when they need to run for groceries and asking if anyone needs anything. It’s incredible, and we hope everyone is fortunate to have friends and neighbors as good as ours.
My message for my neighbors is that it’s an honor to be among you. Hang in, stay safe and, whatever Craig Strong tells you, our house isn’t for sale.
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