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Calabasas: The gateway to L.A, Malibu, and beyond

Tucked away in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas is a charming small city situated 22 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, and within easy reach of the surf at Malibu. One of the highlights of booking a Calabasas vacation rental is that it's near to the Leonis Adobe in Old Town Calabasas, one of the oldest adobes in the county. The city is also fond of regular get-togethers and hosts a variety of fun festivals, including the Calabasas Fine Arts Festival in May, the Calabasas Film Festival in September, and the Pumpkin Festival in October.

Things to do

A taste of the wild west in Old Town Calabasas

Built in 1844, the Leonis Adobe is one of the oldest private residences in Los Angeles. It's also one of the most haunted, as the ghost of moneyed rancher, Miguel Leonis, allegedly haunts the halls. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, this living museum is a fascinating place to spend the day. Experience life as a rancher in the 1880s, meet Percheron horses, Texas longhorn cattle, and Black Spanish turkeys. Don't forget to take a peek into the Plummer House, a former Hollywood home which was moved to the grounds of Leonis Adobe in 1983.


Go celebrity-spotting in Calabasas

A 30-minute drive south of Calabasas is that hotbed of Hollywood glamor, Malibu Beach. Boasting 27 miles of wide sandy beaches, spectacular surf, and hip beach bars, Malibu is a haven for celebrity spotting. Thanks to its close proximity to Hollywood's studios, Malibu has more than its fair share of local icons. Book a centrally-located Calabasas vacation rental, and within the hour you could be sunning it on El Matador State Beach. Learn to surf, go horseback riding at sunset, or kick back with a peach daiquiri and watch the A-listers go by.


A Calabasas summer is a blaze of glory

Los Angeles County and Calabasas both bask in a dry climate; think laser-blue skies and days of endless sunshine. In the summer, temperatures can soar into the high 80s, which does increase the chance of smog in the cities. But even in the winter, the temperatures are pretty mild, with the occasional spot of rain in January or February. The Los Angeles area is a year-round destination, so to avoid most of the crowds, book your Calabasas vacation rental outside of the busy summer season, and opt to come in spring or fall when it's less busy.

Natural features

Take a walk on the wild side in Calabasas

If you want to see wildlife in its natural habitat (and we don't mean party people shopping on Rodeo Drive), head to the western fringes of Angelese National Forest. The Wildlife Waystation is a 160-acre animal sanctuary which rescues a wide variety of animals, including hyenas, foxes, leopards, and reptiles, not all indigenous to California. Book a Calabasas vacation rental close to the Santa Monica Mountains and explore 36 miles of hiking trails in Topanga State Park, most of which have magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

How to get there

How to get to and around Calabasas

The nearest airport is in Van Nuys, CA (VNY), located 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Santa Monica, CA (SMO-Santa Monica Municipal), which is 14.8 mi (23.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Calabasas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,010 vacation rentals near Calabasas. From 2,333 Houses to 194 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Calabasas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Calabasas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Calabasas:

  • Hollywood Hills: 1,913 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood: 909 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 701 vacation rentals
  • Studio City: 2,283 vacation rentals
  • Sherman Oaks: 1,162 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Calabasas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Calabasas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Anthony C Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center: 3,245 vacation rentals
  • Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park: 4,393 vacation rentals
  • Leonis Adobe Museum: 4,568 vacation rentals
  • Malibu Hindu Temple: 3,150 vacation rentals
  • Sri Venka Teswara Swamy Temple: 3,403 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Calabasas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Calabasas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,333 Houses in Calabasas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Calabasas include:

  • Villas: 194 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,597 rentals available
  • Estates: 32 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Calabasas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,575 vacation rentals with pool available in Calabasas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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