Little more than a stagecoach stop until the early 1920s, Agoura Hills became known briefly as "Picture City" after Paramount Studios purchased a ranch in the neighborhood. However, the area soon was named after one of the area's more colorful early landowners, Pierre Agoure. Agoura Hills came into being. Located on the western edge of Los Angeles County in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Agoura Hills is located just forty-five minutes from busy downtown Los Angeles. Agoura Hills historically has been known for its vast livestock ranches and vegetable farms. Ranching and agriculture eventually diminished in importance. Ranches turned into housing. Agoura Hills is now home to more than 20,000 residents.
Calabasas is located between Malibu Creek State Park, Topanga State Park and the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Calabasas is an affluent and well-educated area of Los Angeles. Calabasas also has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and almost three quarters of the households have residents with college degrees. The Calabasas also boasts having the Leonis Adobe Museum, one of the oldest buildings in the Greater Los Angeles area. The arts are very important to Calabasas too. The Spotlight the Arts Foundation is helping Calabasas maintain a deep appreciation for the arts and theater.