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Anyone know the story behind the little Spanish style house just off the trailer park at the 118 and Topanga? It burned down in the fires 2 seasons ago. I saw it every day for 20 years and now I just see the chimney.

— Wondering
April 19, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.

Stoney Point... those of you who remember the old "Lone Ranger" series from the 50's, will recognize that part in the show's intro where "Silver" rears up on his hind legs, and Clayton Moore gives a "Hi-yo, Silver!" and heads back down.

— Mark Lassman
March 27, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

We moved to the area in 1967 and it was the most rural part of the valley. I watched some movies being filmed up in Winnetka. Neighbors rode horses through the yard and everbody had orange trees---we had 6--and fresh orange juice. One neighbor had a gaggle of Geese instead of a watchdog (most effective, I might add). Sadly, those days are long gone and my wife and I left the "Golden State" in 1993.

— Morgan Feldman
March 26, 2010 at 5:10 p.m.

I loved Chatsworth when I first moved here, peaceful and beautiful. Now its just like the rest of the valley. Scary to be outside at night, some random gang banger kids walking around outside at 2am. Its ridiculous how bad this city has gotten. And unfortunately I have to say Los Torros is terrible mexican food, the chips and rice are always stale when I go there. They have great margaritas though, very strong!

— bob
March 2, 2010 at 4:40 p.m.

I grew up in the hills of Chatsworth and it is the most peaceful place in LA to be. Alot of history as well.

— Tory B.
January 12, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.

Loved growing up in Chatsworth in the 60's and 70's. I believe it was the last of the Golden Age of Chatsworth. I hardly recognize it any longer. I left in 1978 (CHS class of 78).

— Jonathan K.
December 12, 2009 at 12:10 p.m.

I lived in Chatsworth, it's awful. hot and smoggy, there is no culture and no interesting architecture. All the neighbors are incredibly rude and seem to be only interested in their world, prohibiting any sense of community. I really don't like it here, I'm going to move somewhere interesting in this city.

— Dave
November 19, 2009 at 11:11 p.m.

I moved to the Lake Manor area of Chatsworth 5 years ago. It really is a small town on the edge of the city! We have great neighbors looking out for each other, little traffic, and beautiful hills and views! What more could you want?

November 10, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.

I moved to Chatsworth in 1969, went to Germain St. Elementary, Lawrence Jr High, and Graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1979. Mason park was a great place to hang out, 31 flavors Ice cream and Builders Emporium. I was also in the Boy Scout Troop 226 from Chatsworth. Funny thing is I was just exploring the digital library at CSUN today you should check it out, some great stuff

— Kent
October 30, 2009 at midnight

I lived in Chatsworth from 1963 to 1979, 1982, & 1986 to 1999. Chatsworth is where I grew up--Germain St. school, Lawrence Jr. high & Chatsworth High school. Los Toros had the best mexican food, Munch Box for hamburgers & Loves resturaunt - I liked Love's barbecue beans. I remember when north of Chatsworth St. was all dirt roads & orange groves. The fires of 1970s! When I cut class from Chatsworth high, we'd usually head up to Brown's canyon. Summer nights during the 70s you could always find an open party with a kegger, live band & wisps of fragrant mellow air.

— Jon
October 28, 2009 at 11:03 p.m.

I grew up in Chatsworth. I attended Germain Street School, Lawrence Jr High, and Chatsworth High. My Parents bought a NEW home in Colony West for ($40.000) and both recently passed so we had to sell it off. Many great memories of the old stomping grounds...watched Bad New Bears being filmed at Mason Park, saw Charles Manson and his gang riding down Devonshire many times, rode dirt bikes all over without the cops bothering us cuz Police Chief Ed Davis was a neighbor. Now I return to the place I loved mostly to drive up the streets to see if I find any old friends around...most have moved away...still I return every once in awhile. Now live in Santa Clarita, CA raising my own family with my wife. Only wish Chatsworth was the old town I remember, carefree, safe, fun little town! Sad that the times have changed it so much. Gates, block walls, bars on windows, overcrowded, it all seems unreal yet it isn't.....Time has caught up to the little town way out "there' in the Valley.

— Richard Rose
October 13, 2009 at 8:58 p.m.

We moved to Chatsworh in 1965 into a new home which the tract was known as Colony West. We lived there for 39 years. loved Chatsworth with the small town feeling. Our four children all graduated from Chatsworth High School Which sadly has changed so much. It used to be open campus and no dress codes. Loved Loves Restaraunt that turned into Scobys which is now a fast food place. Wish that Trador Joes went in before we moved. We use to brng Munch Box Hambergers home all the time. We stil have a lot of ties to Chatsworth Cemetary. Parents, two children and granddaughter. So we still make trips there and still feel home sick. Love and miss Chatsworth very much and it is still a great little town. Now we are living in carpinteria. Which is also a small beach town. Which we also love the small town attmosphere.

— Donna Harris
October 12, 2009 at 11:51 a.m.

I was married in Chatsworth in 1960 in the First Methodist Church, which I believe was later moved to a park. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were members when we were there, and Dale and I sang together in the choir.

My husband was a teacher at Canoga Park High School. We lived in a small 'starter' house in the heart of Chatsworth, just off Devonshire Street. From our backyard we could look up at those rocky Santa Susanna Mountains. The sunsets were beautiful. This was before the freeway, of course, and driving across the pass into Santa Susanna was an experience. There was a fruit stand just before Stony Point where we shopped every week and bought avocados from their orchard, 5 cents each. I know Chatsworth has grown immensely since then and I haven't been back, but I like to remember it as it was then, almost like a country town on the edge of the city.

— Diane McGill
October 9, 2009 at 7:49 a.m.

Yeah! The Munch Box - been there forever and now a LA Landmark.....see the plaque on the wall.

— F Morton
October 1, 2009 at 8:58 a.m.

In 1969, I visited my aunt and uncle who lived on DeSoto in Chatsworth.

I am from New York, and not used to seeing anything but rooftops and brick buildings. The early morning in Chatsworth is really amazing. Mountains all around and wide tree lined streets greeted me. I wish I could have stayed there forever.

— ronni
September 26, 2009 at 8:10 p.m.

Chatsworth has an interesting quality in that, I can't really blame you. You are almost cleaved between wonderful homes on the hill and some other not so wonderful ones. Many of you work hard and I know its hard.

But, as some of you have been downsized and or fired from your jobs, I have noticed a lot of your kids showing up at the Northridge Mall. For one, in most cases, Topanga mall is closer. Two, this is really a bad excuse for a babysitter.

On Friday nights, a lot of you were able to hire a babysitter. Now you can't and your kids are ending up at the mall. No one wants them here . No one in Northridge. No store owners, no staff, no store workers, no police. Its not that they are bad, its just that they are kids. Could you please find a mall in your area and stop dumping off you kids in ours. If not, take care of your own kids, please!

— Mr Ringwald
August 26, 2009 at 2:52 a.m.

Even though I've been a New Yorker for the past 16 years, I am proud to call Chatsworth my home. It's one of the few places in the San Fernando Valley that evokes a relaxed, country-like atmosphere-- despite the fact that it's roughly half an hour away from the hullabaloo of Hollywood. There's also nothing like driving down the ever winding Topanga Canyon from Chatsworth to Malibu... Another favorite "old town" route is the drive along Valley Circle.

— Lynn Trono
August 21, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.

Chatsworth seems to experience some of the least traffic congestion in the San Fernando Valley. Thoroughfares such as Topanga Canyon and Desoto are the rare exceptions. Primary roads like Mason, Lassen and Plummer rarely seem to have clusters of more than 5 cars traveling down the road together, and often times one can travel without any other vehicles around.

One of the best Mexican restaurants, Los Toros, is near the intersection of Devonshire and Topanga Canyon, in a stretch of Devonshire that gives Chatsworth a bit of an old town feel.

— Kory Sirkin
August 19, 2009 at 9:27 a.m.

The iconic Chatsworth landmark is Stony Point. It is used in many old films and TV shows as a backdrop.

Chatsworth's little treasure is the Munch Box burger stand on Devonshire.

Horse zoning makes it possible to own horses in Chatsworth, unlike most of the city.

— Tim Breeden
August 13, 2009 at 7:40 p.m.

Chatsworth Reservoir

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