Toluca Lake is a residential neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Some areas of this neighborhood are very exclusive, while others feature more moderate residences, homes, condominiums, and commercial areas along thoroughfares. Streets such as Riverside Drive and Lankersmith Drive are lined with many businesses that provide services, restaurants, shops, convenience stores, fast food, and a variety of other establishments catering to the needs of Toluca Lake residents and commuters traveling through the area, often from nearby studios. Residents near main thoroughfares can reach services on foot. Residents that do not have the same proximity to main roads may not have the same degree of access.
Weather for walking in residential or commercial areas of Toluca Lake is sunny with mild temperatures even in winter and little rainfall. If your dog is accompanying you on a stroll, there is little chance of cold or wet weather during your outing.
In spite of the proximity to the hills, Toluca Lake terrain is flat and it doesn't require strenuous effort to walk the neighborhood. Toluca Lake itself is located in the southeast corner of this neighborhood and is a 6-acre private lake surrounded by private residential properties. Properties have large lawns and shady trees, including some deciduous trees that change color in fall and features pools, stone retaining walls, and gated driveways. There are also condominiums and apartments, especially along main thoroughfares, where commercial activity is also centered.
The neighborhood is bordered by studios and some high rise towers associated with the film industry are located in the northeast corner of Toluca Lake. The Ventura Freeway runs through the north region of Toluca Lake from east to west, separating Toluca Lake proper from Toluca Woods and presents a barrier to pedestrian activity in the area that requires underpasses to traverse. Be cautious during walks and avoid areas that are off limits.
Residents of Toluca Lake looking for greenway adventures with their canine companions can venture to the nearby Hollywood Hills and their associated parks such as Griffith Park, Lake Hollywood Park, and Runyon Canyon Park. The natural areas of the Hollywood Hills provide long hiking trails and lookouts providing spectacular views over Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The Hollywood Hills trails require steep climbs on rough terrain, so come prepared with water and appropriate footwear while keeping your dog leashed so you do not become separated and your city slicker dog does not put himself at risk on dangerous terrain or with local wildlife.