Two oak trees and a long dirt road that meandered through rolling hills. That's what A.E.Hanson had to work with in 1950 when he decided to develop the community that eventually became Hidden Hills. It seemed an ideal challenge for the reputation he had built as one of California's top landscape architects and community planners.
He put up a big sign on Ventura Boulevard announcing that Hidden Hills was looking for residents. Full-acre lots were up for grabs at $4,750 each.
Two model homes were built on Long Valley Road to demonstrate the area's possibilities. One of the purchasers was Leo Gorcy, one of the original Dead End Kids. He paid $35,000. By the late 1950s, homes in Hidden Hills were going for $27,500 to $47,500. Enter Lamond Chamberlain in 1956 and development went on apace. The Hidden Hills properties changed hands several times until the small community became the incorporated city it is today.
Some interesting things happened along the way to incorporation, as any one of the local mobile notaries would tell you. For instance, the first newspaper in the town, the Las Virgenes Enterprise, was started in 1958 by Alice Stelle and Eleanor DeCarteret. It published monthly at the outset, then became a weekly. The two founders later sold the newspaper, but it still is published.
In 1959, a six-year-old resident had a great idea. Wouldn't it be great to go to church on horseback and take part in services while in the saddle. The idea blossomed into a regular outdoor devotional service attended by people on horse, donkey and pony-back and others in buggies and surries (with the fringe on top, of course.)
Incorporation came in 1961 and the city set out with its first budget in 1962 -- a whopping $18,088, the bulk of which, $13,125, went to pay Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for services.
The city held its first Fiesta in 1962 and the celebration included a parade with Monte Montana Jr. as grand marshal. The Fiesta has remained an annual tribute to this unique community. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, dive into the down-homey celebration. You can take time to have important documents notarized any time before or after the activities begin. The Hidden Hills notaries are flexible as to time and place.
The natural beauty of the area still provides opportunities for people who like the otudoors. On the north, the city is bordered by a nature reserve and greenbelt of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space preserve, complete with equestrian trails, hiking paths and moutain biking trails. Nearby is the pioneer Leonis Adobe National Historic Landmark, which features gardens and a museum.
As do many California communities in and around Los Angeles, Hidden Hills boasts many actors, athletes and other notables whose names are well known. An abbreviated list would include Frankie Avalon, Josh Satin, Don Drysdale (famed Los Angeles pitcher, now deceased), Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and Angelina Jolie. Do some people-waitching while you wait for the mobile notary to arrive and you might catch a glimpse of LeAnn Rimes, Sinbad (the actor/cmedian, noto the sailor) Ozzy Osbourne or any other of the long list of Hidden Valley celebs.
All in all, you'd have to say that A.E. Hanson picked a winner when he saw the potential lin two oak trees and a meandering dirt road.
The Mobile Notaries in Hidden Hills is in 91302. The Mobile traveling notary will quickly come to you both day and night right to your place!