The preserve contains oak woodlands, savannariparian areasgrasslandvernal poolsand an Ecology Pond, all of which support more than bird species and numerous mammalsamphibians and reptiles. The preserve is in the foothills of the Simi Hills.
The narrow, bumpy streets are glorified trails that dip and wind and dead-end abruptly. Cannibalized cars and trucks dot lots. Barking dogs are often the only s of life.
Cable television is available, but not natural gas or a sewer system. There is one small market, but no gas station.
There are no sidewalks and few street lights. The eclectic nature of Chatsworth Lake--which lies just north of the now dry Chatsworth Lake Reservoir and south of Simi Valley--is seen in its people, houses and cars.
Ford Broncos are parked alongside faded pickup trucks with cracked, deflated tires. Residents have named streets after loved ones, such as Sara Lynn Drive and Ida Place, while others have sought to make a statement with their street names, such as My Way Lane and Corvette Lane.
Although most folks here keep to themselves, three years ago residents rallied together to persuade Los Angeles County supervisors not to close their fire station as part of proposed budget cuts. The station also serves the Ventura County side of the community, even though emergency calls are handled through a Ventura County fire dispatcher.
The neighborhood was founded in the s as a weekend getaway spot. The area has also been called Lake Manor. I still love it up here. In the early years, the area was a rustic getaway for actors working on location shooting Westerns. Water filled Chatsworth Lake back then, and the celebrities could enjoy it in privacy.
During the building boom, many of the small lots were combined to accommodate larger houses for more affluent residents. Currently, there are about homes with about 2, residents. For some unexplained reason, residents here seem to collect inoperable cars.
Some people cover them and park them in their yards. But others, lacking space, just keep them on the street. Deanne owns four old Mercedes-Benz sedans, but only one runs.
The others line the street. Some longtime residents are not happy with the new neighborhood growth, complaining that it has destroyed the peaceful nature of the community. One year resident of the area, who asked that her name not be used, complained that traffic takes a shortcut through the neighborhood because the city of Los Angeles never built a Valley Circle Boulevard detour out of her community.
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