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Balboa Highlands

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The Balboa Highlands HPOZ, located in the community of Granada Hills in the North San Fernando Valley, is the first post-World War II neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley to achieve historic district status.  Balboa Highlands was constructed from 1962-64 by developer Joseph Eichler, who built thousands of homes in Northern California.  It is one of only three Eichler tracts in Southern California (the other two are located in the City of Orange and in Thousand Oaks), and the only Eichler development in Los Angeles County.  Its homes were built around an atrium accessed through sliding-glass doors, blurring indoor and outdoor space.  Designed by noted architects A. Quincy Jones, Frederick Emmons, and Claude Oakland, Balboa Highlands represents an outstanding example of Mid-Century Modern residential architecture.

We are currently working to have a 5-member HPOZ Board appointed for the Balboa Highlands HPOZ. Candidates should have experience in construction, real estate, architecture, and/or historic preservation. Residents of the district and property owners with an interest and/or background in Preservation are encouraged to apply. Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Naomi Guth.

For any questions or to schedule a review of a proposed project within this HPOZ, please contact Christina Park of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 973-9987, or christina.park@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.