An Overview of Calabasas Architecture
The original architectural style in Calabasas was adobe. In fact, the Leonis Adobe in Old Town Calabasas was built in 1844. It is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Since then, Calabasas has become a modern, upscale, and highly sought-after community.
Mid-Century modern homes (those built in the initial construction boom after World War 2) were built for three decades in this area. They tend to have flat roofs, large glass windows, and a relatively open interior. These homes were intended to be affordable, and the basic structure made them an ideal choice for affordable, spacious properties. This is why you can find two to four million dollar, four-bedroom Mid-Century modern homes in Calabasas. The term “modern” home refers to homes built since 2000. Ironically, these homes may have the same flat exterior and flat or gently sloped roof and large windows like the Mid-Century properties.
Although this area is filled with the Mid-Century modern style, you can still find Mediterranean/Spanish style homes among the luxury homes in Calabasas CA. This is partially due to California’s Spanish heritage. It is also a reflection of southern California’s Mediterranean climate, something that drives many to adopt that traditional architectural style. These homes are popular in Calabasas, and they range from three-bedroom family homes to 5,000 square foot luxury homes.
Cape Cod style homes have started to appear in new construction since 2015. They are often commissions by transplants from the East Coast. Others adopt it because the plans are relatively cheap, and the housing style stands out in a sea of Mediterranean and “modern” homes. A more common choice among Calabasas homes is the Tuscan style, as it has a number of points in its favor. It naturally complements Spanish and Mediterranean styles. For example, most Tuscan homes have stucco exteriors that are similar to adobe. This means it will not clash with the dominant architectural styles in Calabasas. Their terra cotta roof tiles are ideal for enduring rare storms and periodic wildfires. The narrow, tall windows with shutters afford privacy. They tend to come with enclosed courtyards that give you further privacy while connecting you to nature.
Tudor homes can also be found in Calabasas. These homes are characterized by their steep roof pitch gable roofs, masonry chimneys, richly decorated doorways, and groupings of windows. This architectural style evolved to handle England’s rainy weather, but it is also associated with wealth and status, so they are scattered around Calabasas.
Victorian homes are overwhelmingly historic homes in Calabasas. Most of them were built in the 1800s. This means that you may face restrictions if you want to make major changes to the structure. Craftsman style homes are more common. They typically have a single dormer, when Cape Code homes may have several. The Craftsman style home is found among older and cheaper homes. They have low pitched gable roofs and large porches.
Modern homes tend to have a basic rectangular form, not much of a roof, basic windows, and a generally open layout. While these homes can be found in Calabasas, they are both rare and scaled up. For example, you’ll find a modern home with 3,000 square feet and a luxury pool in Calabasas instead of a cookie cutter ranch home.