While the streets of Toluca Lake aren’t numerous, their names reflect the diverse history and geography of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
In 1928, the same year movies moved into Burbank with the opening of First National Pictures, the seeds of future scientific and manufacturing prowess took root when tiny Lockheed Aircraft Corporation came to town.
Tens of thousands of people joined Universal Moving Picture Company President Carl Laemmle on March 15, 1915, to celebrate the opening day of his grandiose, state-of-the-art new film studio in the San Fernando Valley called Universal City.
For more than 100 years, Toluca Lake has been considered the cream of the crop in beauty, location and attitude.
For its celebrity residents, one luxurious mansion on the shores of Toluca Lake offered the ideal spot to raise their families and set down roots.
Among Toluca Lake’s earliest prominent residents was boy-next-door Richard Arlen, a top Paramount Pictures star of the 1920s and 1930s.