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Balboa Highlands

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.  The Balboa Highlands HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2010.

Projects in Balboa Highlands that require board review are reviewed by the Valley HPOZ Board, which also reviews cases for the Stonehurst and Van Nuys HPOZs.  The Valley HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Marvine Braude Constituent Service Center, Room 3B, at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91401. Agendas for HPOZ meetings can be found here

For any questions or to schedule a review of a proposed project within this HPOZ, please contact Suki Gershenhorn of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3675, or suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.