The Ultimate Guide to Woodland Hills, California
Located in the southwestern region of the San Fernando Valley, on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, is the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Woodland Hills. Best known for being small and upscale, Woodland Hills offers the perfect combination of city and suburban life. As a safe and quiet neighborhood, it makes for a great place to stay while exploring beautiful Southern California. With many options for apartments and houses for rent in Woodland Hills, there will always be fantastic accommodations to chose from.
Here is everything you need to know about visiting the Woodland Hills area.
How to Get There
Depending on traffic, Woodland Hills is less than an hour’s drive from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you are not traveling in a car, not to worry, as it is quite central and easy to access from many areas within Los Angeles. Therefore, using a ride-share company is a great option to get around. Don't forget that now at the LAX Airport you must use the free Green Line shuttles that are arriving every few minutes at each terminal. Once you'll be dropped off at the drop-off location, there will be plenty of Ubers & Lyft cars waiting for you, you can also choose public transport instead of car-pool services. You can find more information about the LAX-it shuttle at the LAX-it Official Website.
When to Visit
There isn’t necessarily an ideal time of year to visit Woodland Hills, as it more so depends on what kind of weather you prefer to experience. In general, the Los Angeles region’s warmest temperatures occur in the summer months, which is also peak tourist season. If you don’t mind a bit of humidity, heat, and crowds- and plan on spending lots of time pool or beachside, then the summer months could be the best time for your vacation. However, if cooler temperatures are your preference, consider visiting between December and March, when the sun isn’t quite as hot, and the city isn’t as crowded. With that being said, no matter what time of year you decide to visit, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a Woodland Hills Airbnb.
Where to Stay
The Woodland Hills area offers several options for vacation accommodations, so travelers can rest assured that they will find the perfect Woodland Hills rental to suit their needs. If you are looking for a smaller space, you may want to look into one of the many apartments in Woodland Hills available for rent. These apartments offer a variety of amenities that can include state-of-the-art air conditioning systems and in-unit washing machines and dryers. If you’d prefer more privacy and space, it would be worth considering one of Woodland Hills homes for rent. Property’s like Don Pio Estate allow guests the luxuries of 5-star resorts within a private home. For example, Don Pio Estate is a smart home that can be controlled by guests’ voices, making tasks like turning off lights and locking doors literally hands-free. It also houses a hot tub and a fully stocked fridge with essentials to ensure guests have everything they need for a comfortable stay.
Where to Eat
Woodland Hills hosts a variety of intriguing dining options that will appeal to all travelers and dietary requirements. From upscale steakhouses to authentic Japanese restaurants- Woodland Hills has it all. A popular dining area within the neighborhood is Ventura Boulevard, where you’ll find an assortment of lively bars and gastropubs that offer delicious fare and live music. Ventura Boulevard is one of the primary thoroughfares in the San Fernando Valley and runs through several neighborhoods until its end in Studio City, therefore, there are many dining options nearby as well. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in the area: Tel-Aviv Grill, Tzuki Ramen, Leo & Lily, Hummus Bar & Grill, Wanderlust Creamery, The Canyon Bistro, Monty's Steak House, Janchi BBQ, and there are many more cuisines to explore in Woodland Hills, but these are our personal favorites!
What to Do
There is lots to see and do in the Woodland Hills neighborhood and area. Many of its attractions are within close proximity to a variety of accommodations, making it easy to find a Los Angeles Rental or Los Angeles Airbnb for your stay. Woodland Hills has several parks and green spaces to relax in and is a lovely area to bike around. It is especially great for families as it has many splash pads and playgrounds that will entertain little ones.
Those who enjoy spending time in nature won’t want to miss visiting the community of Topanga Canyon, just a 20-minute drive south of Woodland Hills. This rural yet charming neighborhood is known for its secluded homes, laid-back atmosphere, and tall oak trees. Topanga Canyon is surrounded by the picturesque Topanga State Park, which happens to be the largest wilderness area within city limits in the United States. The state park is full of trails that vary in length and difficulty, making it the perfect spot to go hiking, while taking in stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Read our related blog post about 10 Fun Things to Do in Topanga Canyon & Best Trails in Topanga State Park.
Beach bums must venture out to the seaside city of Malibu, only a half an hour drive from Woodland Hills. The drive to Malibu is absolutely breathtaking and takes you through the landscapes of Topanga State Park until you reach the windy Pacific Coast Highway, where you’ll witness amazing views of the ocean. Once in Malibu, you can spend the day lounging on one of its many beaches or try out a fun water activity like surfing or paddleboarding. If the beach isn’t your scene, head over to a local farmers market where you can find local vendors that sell fresh produce and handmade products.
Those who love to shop will want to check out Westfield Topanga & The Village, a huge shopping mall located ten minutes from Woodland Hills. Westfield Topanga & The Village boasts 2.1 million square feet of department stores, boutiques, and restaurants making it a premium shopping destination. With stores like Neiman Marcus and Target, there is something for everyone. It’s also not uncommon to come across celebrities while visiting this shopping mall as they are spotted there frequently.
If you’re really looking to indulge, consider driving half an hour to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. As a world-renowned shopping district, Rodeo Drive is a two-mile-long street that is home to every exclusive luxury brand you could dream of- a heavenly experience for any fashionista.
There you have it! The ins and outs of everything you need to know about visiting Woodland Hills, California. When will you be booking a trip to this charming neighborhood? Check out our luxury Woodland Hills vacation home available for as little as 4 nights.