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Burbank (Rancho)

Burbank Rancho, Steve

Burbank’s Rancho Equestrian Neighborhood is a coveted place to call home for horse enthusiasts wanting to reside a stone’s throw from the famed Los Angeles Equestrian Center. There are roughly 800 homes in the Burbank/Glendale Rancho all zoned R1H which allows for horses on the property though codes for setbacks of structures are in place to help blend the mood of both urban and rural environments. It’s common to see horses in your neighbors’ back yard, residents riding their prized steeds on the streets, local hay deliveries and all with an abundance of cowboy hats bobbing against the blue skies. The rural, small town ambiance of this distinct neighborhood is unparalleled in Los Angeles and horse owners, animal lovers and those who appreciate “a little country in the middle of the city will relish all that is the “Rancho”.

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is one of the two largest of its kind in the USA and holds host to such events as The World Cup Dressage. There are over 50 unique horse shows and events each year including The Festival of the Spanish Horse, the William Shatner Hollywood Reigning Charity, and Equestfest (all the horse entrants of Pasadena’s Torunament of Roses Parade perform at this event). Residents are afforded easy access to other local boarding, training and rental stables.

Griffith Park’s horse trails are right next door to the Rancho and a short walk on horseback across the swinging bridge opening up to 4,310 acres of one of the largest and certainly one of the most untamed urban parks in north America. There are 54 miles of horse trails around Griffith’s hillsides to ride until your heart’s content along with numerous picnic areas to stop, eat, rest and enjoy the quiet refuge from the bustling city below.

This tree-lined neighborhood also offers a variety of other nearby activities. Hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts, parks, bowling, cycling, and indoor ice skating. There is the famous Johnny Carson Park, Disney Studios, ABC Studios as well as the renowned St. Joseph Medical Center. There are many restaurants and a wide variety of business and retail establishments all within walking distance in and around Riverside Drive – the community’s main corridor.

Most homes in the Rancho were built in the mid to late 1930s and though many have been upgraded through the years, most have retained the charm of their original design. Lots range from just over 6,000 to well over 22,000 square feet and with R1H zoning, the number of horses allowed is based on the square footage of the individual lot. Because of the Rancho’s unique neighborhood qualities, you might well imagine the esprit de corps that is found among the folks who call it “home”. They have, on a number of occasions, been known to band together and ward off adversity at the drop of a ten gallon Stetson!

Burbank Rancho area schools are as follows:

Providence High School
511 South Buena Vista Street | 818-846-8141
9-12 | CA Private Schools

Burbank Montessori Academy
217 North Hollywood Way | 818-848-8226
Ages 2-9 | CA Private Schools

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School
3333 West Oak Street | 818-558-5522
K-5 | Burbank Unified Schools

Walt Disney Elementary School
1220 West Orange Grove Avenue | 818-558-4664
K-5 | Burbank Unified Schools

St. Finbar Catholic School
2120 West Olive Avenue | 818-848-0191
K-8 | CA Private Schools

William McKinley Elementary School
349 West Valencia Avenue | 818-558-5477
K-5 | Burbank Unified Schools