Toluca Lake

Toluca Lake

The meaning of Toluca is Fertile and it originates from the Paiute Indians.

Welcome to Toluca Lake


The meaning of Toluca is Fertile and it originates from the Paiute Indians. The first post office was established in 1893 and it was named Toluca Post Office. Back in the 1920s, Toluca Lake was a ranch mostly comprised of peaches and apples. It was called the Forman Toluca Lake Ranch.

There was very little development in the area until and developer came in and purchased the area and changed the name to Toluca Lake Park and changed it from a ranch to a bedroom community. 

This is also the same company that created the current logo of Swan. In 1931, the very first resident of Toluca Lake was Amelia Earhart. She lived on Valley Spring Lane. Another very notable early resident in the 1930's was Bob Hope. She lived out the majority of his life in Toluca Lake. It was rumored that Toluca Lake really started by Bob Hope. And that it was him that helped build the neighboring Golf Course.


Toluca Lake is essentially between Universal Studios and Warner Brothers. It touches the borders of Burbank, North Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. The lake itself is 6 acres in size.

It used to have a dirt bottom but sometimes in the 1930s, army engineers cam it can cement the entire bottom 4 inches in thickness. The lake itself is maintained my be the residents who live on the lake through their very own HOA call ed the Toluca Lake Property Home Owners Association.


One of Toluca Lake's more notorious landmarks is well of course the lake itself. But unfortunately, it's only accessible by the residents who live on it or by the neighboring golf course. It is not open to the public at all.

Another very famous landmark that is open to the public is Bob Big Boy. It has been there since 1949. It was actually built by 2 residents of Toluca Lake Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert. In 1993 some changes were made including a remodel of the dining room and more importantly, they brought back the original car hop service again. Another unique event that happens every weekend is a classic car show. The entire parking lot will be full of classic cars. Mostly dating back to the 50's. 

One last landmark worth mentioning is the St. Charles Borromeo Church. 

It was established in 1921 and is one of the older churches in the area. It seats up to 600 and was modeled after the San Carlos Mission. It also maintains its adjacent catholic school.


Since Toluca Lake is such a small area, it doesn't contain very many schools within its area except for one, Toluca Lake Elementary School. But it is part of LAUSD and has access to schools in neighboring North Hollywood.

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Overview for Toluca Lake, CA

17,235 people live in Toluca Lake, where the median age is 41.3 and the average individual income is $65,838.34. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.3 years

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Around Toluca Lake, CA

There's plenty to do around Toluca Lake, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Diamond Baklava, Lahmaju house, and Rhonda Christensen Personal Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.02 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.04 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.36 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.21 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.84 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Toluca Lake, CA

Toluca Lake has 8,989 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Toluca Lake do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 17,235 people call Toluca Lake home. The population density is 9,506.24 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

49.69 / 50.31%

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Schools in Toluca Lake, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Toluca Lake. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Toluca 'crossroads' School Preschool & Kindergarte
PreK - K
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Joyces Toluca Lake Preschool & Kindergarten
PreK - K
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